Everyone knew the guarantees wouldn't last forever and most thought they'd disappear soon after Uber reached a deal with City Council and Uber didn't waste any time. Earnings Boost is nowhere near as good as the guarantees were but they can at least do something if you live and drive only in the city. For those of us who start work in the suburbs this is a disaster. Even with the guarantees suburban drivers got pulled into the city and there really was no place to hide, even out here. Some days you got Uber with the guarantee and other days Uber got you and you drove all over but now Earnings Boost doesn't make it worthwhile to drive the suburbs. It's time to go back to the old strategy of looking for airport or city runs and then work Chicago. That will hurt service in a lot of suburban areas as drivers concentrate on wealthier suburbs like Naperville, Oak Brook, Lake Forest, Winnetka and others while ignoring pings from places like Round Lake, Wheeling, Prospect Heights and other working class suburbs. The chance of getting a Pool ride from a suburban mall just disappeared. Why pick up someone you know is likely going a short distance when you have a better chance of getting into Chicago and making decent money from somewhere else? After all the shouting Uber did about providing service to the South and West sides they excluded those areas from Boost so people there better update their bus passes. Same goes for the morning commute in the suburbs. Who in their right mind would come out and accept Pool rides to the train station or office? It's time to only work mornings on good airport days again and screen requests in order to take ones from more affluent neighborhoods while ignoring the apartment complexes. There's no knowing how long Earnings Boost will last but it looks like there are some grim days ahead for drivers and riders. Boost might be acceptable if it covered the entire metropolitan region but as it stands this will likely reduce the number of drivers and negatively impact most riders in the region.