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When Not to schedule Uber rides in advance

When Not to schedule Uber rides in advance

When Uber debuted their scheduled rides feature, riders were excited to schedule their favorite sort of transport for those important meetings and strict airport departures.

However, riders soon learned that Uber's scheduled rides aren't guaranteed, which in some cases, employing a local car service could be the higher option. Here are our thoughts on when to not use Uber or Lyft's scheduled rides feature.

1. If you live in the burbs.

If you live in a quiet residential area, a commuter ride away from your home city, we recommend not using Uber's scheduled rides feature if you have somewhere important to be.

While Uber's scheduled rides are not guaranteed, they can work quite well in densely populated areas where there are always many drivers available. When you sleep in a quieter suburb, there's a smaller chance that Uber will be ready to find a driver for your scheduled ride.

2. If you absolutely cannot miss your ride.

Suppose you are scheduling a ride for something that you absolutely cannot miss, perhaps a vital plane departure or a multi-million dollar deal discussion with a client.

In that case, we recommend that you skip Uber's scheduled ride feature and book a dependable car service instead. It might be slightly costlier, but you'll have peace of mind knowing that your ride is 100% guaranteed.

3. Airport Arrivals

We get asked if riders need to schedule a ride from the airport to their destination. Our answer: not. Airport arrival pickups are very easy to get on-demand. Many drivers station themselves near airports as they are almost guaranteed someone will ping them for a ride.

When you plane lands and retrieve your luggage, make your way to the rideshare pickup area and request a ride. You should have a car waiting for you in 5-10 minutes! Plus, by reserving your ride on-demand, you do not need to worry about flight delays and miss your scheduled Uber.

The good news!

Uber has recently unrolled a "scheduled rides guarantee." once you schedule an Uber to ride a minimum of half-hour beforehand of your trip, Uber guarantees that your driver will pick you up within 10 minutes of your required departure window.

If an Uber driver doesn't arrive within 10 minutes, Uber will send you a $10 Uber credit to use on a future trip.

While this is a nice bonus, $10 most likely will not make up for the aggravation of missing a flight or that all-important company meeting.

Note: this guarantee only applies to UberX, XL, Black, Select, and SUV.

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