June 22, 2017
Uber is Adding In-App Tipping This Month-My Thoughts
Uber’s simple interface is one of its coolest features. You order a car and payment is automatically charged to your credit card-nice and easy. There’s about to be another step added to the process. Uber is finally responding to longstanding pressure from its drivers and adding an in-app tipping feature. Tipping has already launched in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston and will gradually roll out to the rest of the US by the end of July 2017.
Riders will have the option to add a tip on the same screen used to rate their driver. There will be preset tip amounts of $1, $2, $5, and an option to enter a custom tip amount. The entire tip goes to the driver (Uber wont be collecting its typical 20% cut). Riders will have 30 days after a trip ends to tip their driver. Finally, the free cancellation window will drop from 5 minutes to two minutes. Meaning you’ll be charged a cancellation fee if you cancel your ride more than 2 minutes after you order an Uber.
I’m going to be honest here-I don’t like tipping. It’s always awkward and you never know how much is appropriate (tipping culture is different in every part of the world). Furthermore, if someone is just doing their job, why do they deserve a tip? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a cheapskate. I have no problem tipping if someone provides above average service. There are lots of times when an Uber driver will engage in excellent conversation, have an immaculate clean car, be respectful when I’m on the phone etc. Would I tip those drivers? Sure. But if you’re just driving me from point A to B and playing annoying music along the way, don’t expect a tip.
How to Pay for Uber Rides
As always, you want to maximize the valuable miles you earn for your spending. The following two credit cards are good options for Uber spending-
- Platinum Card from American Express-Comes with an annual $200 Uber credit
- Chase Sapphire Reserve-Earn 3X points per $1 on travel purchases