Anybody have any tips on how to get rides that are 2-3 hours long?

Driver88

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As a new driver I assume this is rare, but I have heard of the occasional driver getting a trip that's 2-3 hours long or even longer. It seems like I have heard drivers either love or hate the really long trips. I personally would love the idea of getting a call from here to Portland, even though I might not make a dime in my return home, at least im getting a free trip to somewhere outside Seattle. So far the longest trip i have ever gotten was from Lynnwood to Tacoma. Anybody have any tips or areas i should focus on to get that REALLY long trip. This is where I thought going to a military base might be a good option potentially, but I don't have to much experience with JBLM other than a few runs there. My first few weeks driving uber, I experimented with driving up north all the way to canada with the Destination filter on hoping for a Canada run on a weekend but no luck there. Literally zero calls in that direction. I still went to canada though for a day trip. On my way back home it was the same thing, literally no calls coming back to seattle from canada until I hit lynnwood on I5 going south
 
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DexNex

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As a new driver I assume this is rare, but I have heard of the occasional driver getting a trip that's 2-3 hours long or even longer. It seems like I have heard drivers either love or hate the really long trips. I personally would love the idea of getting a call from here to Portland, even though I might not make a dime in my return home, at least im getting a free trip to somewhere outside Seattle. So far the longest trip i have ever gotten was from Lynnwood to Tacoma. Anybody have any tips or areas i should focus on to get that REALLY long trip. This is where I thought going to a military base might be a good option potentially, but I don't have to much experience with JBLM other than a few runs there. My first few weeks driving uber, I experimented with driving up north all the way to canada with the Destination filter on hoping for a Canada run on a weekend but no luck there. Literally zero calls in that direction. I still went to canada though for a day trip. On my way back home it was the same thing, literally no calls coming back to seattle from canada until I hit lynnwood on I5 going south
You do realize that you are in a market with operating boundaries for picking up? You can’t just pick up people anywhere in the state/US.

 
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Johnydoo

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I would not take'em:

1:

Uber will take up to 60% of fare.
https://uberpeople.net/threads/can-anyone-beat-this-ouch.188321/#post-2808023

2:

Lyft is capped @$200, you will wait up to a week to get paid.
https://uberpeople.net/threads/express-pay-disabled-after-long-trip.162921/#post-3046138.

3:

Fraud pax = No pay
https://uberpeople.net/threads/express-pay-disabled-after-long-trip.162921/#post-3046138

NYCTNC Said this:

"Don't be alarmed, I had taken a pax on one of those trips on a late evening, from New York NY to Deep end in Long Island. $225. One week later Lyft contacted me that they would have to take back the money because it was a fraudulent charge.

Now, you ask me how as a driver do you know or figure out what ride is fraudulent or not? You don't and you can't, because you're just a damn driver.

So, I was out of $225 that night".

*****

If you still want to take them, you might want to use destination filter. Just set it to Portland or Eugene Oregon and position yourself by train & bus stations and keep praying!

Btw, no one will take an uber to Canada, you have more chances going south including JBLM.
 

DexNex

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I had a random trip to Portland on Lux SUV. Happened at 11:30 on a Sunday night from Capitol Hill. My largest fare ever.






All of my super long runs have happened late at night when there are no other forms of transportation and people are desperate to get to their destination. Working when the ferry, train, or buses have ended service would be your best bet.
 

goneubering

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As a new driver I assume this is rare, but I have heard of the occasional driver getting a trip that's 2-3 hours long or even longer. It seems like I have heard drivers either love or hate the really long trips. I personally would love the idea of getting a call from here to Portland, even though I might not make a dime in my return home, at least im getting a free trip to somewhere outside Seattle. So far the longest trip i have ever gotten was from Lynnwood to Tacoma. Anybody have any tips or areas i should focus on to get that REALLY long trip. This is where I thought going to a military base might be a good option potentially, but I don't have to much experience with JBLM other than a few runs there. My first few weeks driving uber, I experimented with driving up north all the way to canada with the Destination filter on hoping for a Canada run on a weekend but no luck there. Literally zero calls in that direction. I still went to canada though for a day trip. On my way back home it was the same thing, literally no calls coming back to seattle from canada until I hit lynnwood on I5 going south

What you're asking for is extremely rare in my opinion. I've only had two that long in over 2000 rides given. Try picking a more realistic goal.
 

68350

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Anybody have any tips on how to get rides that are 2-3 hours long?

Short answer... No. It's pretty much luck, depending on your POV. I wouldn't take a 3hr trip. But we all have our own personal situations that will dictate that.
 

Driver88

Member
I had a random trip to Portland on Lux SUV. Happened at 11:30 on a Sunday night from Capitol Hill. My largest fare ever.


All of my super long runs have happened late at night when there are no other forms of transportation and people are desperate to get to their destination. Working when the ferry, train, or buses have ended service would be your best bet.



That sounds like a good idea, I never thought about the ferry train and bus service ending times.
 

Kodyhead

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I had a random trip to Portland on Lux SUV. Happened at 11:30 on a Sunday night from Capitol Hill. My largest fare ever.






All of my super long runs have happened late at night when there are no other forms of transportation and people are desperate to get to their destination. Working when the ferry, train, or buses have ended service would be your best bet.

You might have gotten screwed like me, LYFT caps rides at $500 in my area and does not shut off the ride automatically or notify you in anyway. What is the cap in your area?
 

Smashup

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no one will take an uber to Canada, you have more chances going south including JBLM.

That's not quite true. I've seen a couple of trips from Seattle to various towns north of Bellingham pop up on UZURV. Trips not to Vancouver but almost t the border.
 

DexNex

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You might have gotten screwed like me, LYFT caps rides at $500 in my area and does not shut off the ride automatically or notify you in anyway. What is the cap in your area?
Almost. Cap at the time was $500, it is now $700. Pax gave me $100 cash. It was also the last night of commission rebates on Lux, so I got the full $500 fare plus the cash.
 

heynow321

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Almost. Cap at the time was $500, it is now $700. Pax gave me $100 cash. It was also the last night of commission rebates on Lux, so I got the full $500 fare plus the cash.

did you just turn around and head back home? get some hookers and blow or anything in portland? i would have gone to the coast and farted around over there.
 

dimwit_driver

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did you just turn around and head back home? get some hookers and blow or anything in portland? i would have gone to the coast and farted around over there.
At 2 o'clock in the morning??? You did catch the time on that ride, right?

All of my super long runs have happened late at night when there are no other forms of transportation and people are desperate to get to their destination. Working when the ferry, train, or buses have ended service would be your best bet.

Makes sense. Two of my late night Olympia runs specifically mentioned that bus service had ended, as have some of my post-midnight commuters to other odd places.

As a new driver I assume this is rare, but I have heard of the occasional driver getting a trip that's 2-3 hours long or even longer. I personally would love the idea of getting a call from here to Portland, even though I might not make a dime in my return home, at least im getting a free trip to somewhere outside Seattle.

Umm, I must say your POV that Uber is some sort of travel service is rather unique.

In the 3000+ Uber/Lyft rides I have given none have been out of state. The overwhelming number of rides one gives are less than 30 minutes, and most far less than that. Many rides in the 30-60+ minute range are due to traffic, not distance. I've met a handful of riders that have mentioned taking long Uber rides for various reasons, but I wouldn't hold my breath on ever getting a ride out of state, let alone as some kind of regular thing.
 

Fabio the legend

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As a new driver I assume this is rare, but I have heard of the occasional driver getting a trip that's 2-3 hours long or even longer. It seems like I have heard drivers either love or hate the really long trips. I personally would love the idea of getting a call from here to Portland, even though I might not make a dime in my return home, at least im getting a free trip to somewhere outside Seattle. So far the longest trip i have ever gotten was from Lynnwood to Tacoma. Anybody have any tips or areas i should focus on to get that REALLY long trip. This is where I thought going to a military base might be a good option potentially, but I don't have to much experience with JBLM other than a few runs there. My first few weeks driving uber, I experimented with driving up north all the way to canada with the Destination filter on hoping for a Canada run on a weekend but no luck there. Literally zero calls in that direction. I still went to canada though for a day trip. On my way back home it was the same thing, literally no calls coming back to seattle from canada until I hit lynnwood on I5 going south
Don't expect to get trips like that ever. Lynwood to Tacoma is even longer than the longest trip ive ever got and ive been driving for over a year, and i play my game fairly well. A trip is considered to be long when its over 10 miles, you're talking 100 miles trips.
Focus on realistic ways for you to maximize your profits, such as prime time runs, incentives and bonuses, airport runs, etc.
 

The Ghost of Travis

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I caught my first 45 long trip notification today in the Udistrict at 1.1 mega surge. I was thinking I was heading to Tacoma but got sent to the outlet mall by Tulalip Casino. Farthest north Ive ever been in Wash!

I asked them how long they would be and said 3 - 4 hours and didnt want to wait. Drive back sucked as traffic was meh, and 1.5 hours RT for 51 not that exciting, but worth it as good to get out of town for a bit. I put the filter on and it didnt hit until Shoreline.

Good PAX spoke Chinese quietly all way as I just watched the scenery.
 
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