And the verdict about driving tonight are???

jtk131604

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Still contemplating. Seems there's no lack of drivers currently in my area. Been that way all day. I definitely won't spend more than an hour online if business is slow. In fact I don't think I'll stay online at all if it's not slammin. Too many crazies on the road to be worth it if slow.
 

itsablackmarket

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Probably a dud as usual. Plus it doesn't help that the public is seeming to assume that prices are going to be really high tonight, even though I don't recall any major surge pricing on New Year's Eve in the last few years. In fact, there was only really one night in Houston's history where surge pricing was truly off the chart insanity, that was Halloween 2014, the night when Uber killed all credibility with it's service and brand. Thanks Uber. I hope 2019 is the year Uber is destroyed.
 

jtk131604

Well-Known Member
Just did 2 hours...$30. Could be worse. Still early, too. Zero rides out of my neighborhood, though. All shortish rides. Had hoped to get some long ones for downtown bars or long distance parties.

Oh and $10 of the $30 was tips. So not that great going by straightup fare money.
 

likemyname

Member
I started at 7PM from my house. Just got back in. Made $91. Gonna eat dinner then back out. With plenty of sick sacks.
 

WonderLeeWoman

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Well how was IT out there? I'm assuming better than avg. night...was IT worth IT? It looked like Houston was surging for a bit but I didn't stay on long and was in bed early.
 

jtk131604

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I was home by 10pm. Ended up doing exactly 3 hours online. All ended up being Uber trips. Came out to $61 total. Between the fog/fireworkSmoke/whateverTheHellThatWas and the multitude of idiot drivers last night, I didn't feel it was worth staying out much later. Still, not too shabby at 20 an hour I suppose.
 

UberCadi

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Was one of better NYE then the past 2 yrs. I only ran Select and Lux (think did only few X surges early in evening. Avg’d $35/hr before expenses in 8 hrs and under 200miles. Could’ve been better. Night was salvaged with several $20-30 surges between 12:30-2am. I was a believer in the new surge method, that’s for sure. Sucks for long trips, and I had zero. Most trips were 5-15 mins most.

What I noticed looking at fare details, is Uber was not passing on all of the Surge cost. One ride was around $52 to me and rider only paid $39 (which included $5 tip). Uber showed approx -$13 service fee deduction. Every trip was like this with surge.

How can these worthless companies make any money?? I don’t much care since I got what I needed and I do this very minimal. You don’t need an economics degree to know if you sell something for far less than you bought it for wholesale, uhmmm...your not going to make money.

Best case, is this WAS the NYE to redeem consumer buyback by not gouging the hell out of their pocket books. I was wondering why a few still tipped after the surge. Come to find...they really didn’t have a surge cost. Again...no matter to me. I did pretty well, and better than expected.

Also, holding to mostly Select/Lux, you do tend to weed out the rif-raff younger crowd that can’t hold their liquor. Or, the older crowd that is butt drunk, know how to handle it. I had mostly older crowd. The X surges I took were before puke-o’clock and they were all nice younger couples getting home before the ball dropped.

Oh...and surge heat maps are pretty bogus most times. I had several times last night (and over holidays) where I was on top of areas that Select surge popped up and remained for 30+ minutes and never one ping. Could understand if I was chasing to an area and got nothing, but when you in it, or within 5 mins of a surge area that comes and then goes and no requests, something is messed up.
 

likemyname

Member
Well, like i said in previous post...I started at 7PM from my house. Took a dinner break around 10:30. Went back out at 11:50 and drove until 1AM. Made $170.00 + cash in hand tips: $20 $190 total. I was getting bombarded with pings. Better than most days.
 

D713

Active Member
Was one of better NYE then the past 2 yrs. I only ran Select and Lux (think did only few X surges early in evening. Avg’d $35/hr before expenses in 8 hrs and under 200miles. Could’ve been better. Night was salvaged with several $20-30 surges between 12:30-2am. I was a believer in the new surge method, that’s for sure. Sucks for long trips, and I had zero. Most trips were 5-15 mins most.

What I noticed looking at fare details, is Uber was not passing on all of the Surge cost. One ride was around $52 to me and rider only paid $39 (which included $5 tip). Uber showed approx -$13 service fee deduction. Every trip was like this with surge.

How can these worthless companies make any money?? I don’t much care since I got what I needed and I do this very minimal. You don’t need an economics degree to know if you sell something for far less than you bought it for wholesale, uhmmm...your not going to make money.

Best case, is this WAS the NYE to redeem consumer buyback by not gouging the hell out of their pocket books. I was wondering why a few still tipped after the surge. Come to find...they really didn’t have a surge cost. Again...no matter to me. I did pretty well, and better than expected.

Also, holding to mostly Select/Lux, you do tend to weed out the rif-raff younger crowd that can’t hold their liquor. Or, the older crowd that is butt drunk, know how to handle it. I had mostly older crowd. The X surges I took were before puke-o’clock and they were all nice younger couples getting home before the ball dropped.

Oh...and surge heat maps are pretty bogus most times. I had several times last night (and over holidays) where I was on top of areas that Select surge popped up and remained for 30+ minutes and never one ping. Could understand if I was chasing to an area and got nothing, but when you in it, or within 5 mins of a surge area that comes and then goes and no requests, something is messed up.
Called a loss leader. Humans picking up pax is not the long-term business model.
 
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