Because there isn't always.
In my market anything over 5 miles away I get the same rate for the extra miles over 5 miles as if they were in my car.
Very true. Had one yesterday. 7 miles 19 minutes away - 3 minute ride eastThis is when having the visibility to see trip duration comes in handy. Drive 15 minutes or so for a 2 minute ride, not worth it, it should at least match the time to get there to make it worthwhile.
but the fatherly government also kicks in another $.054.5 per mile for a total of $19.07 extra... just sayin'Got up one morning and turned the app on just before 0430. Immediately get a ping that's 15 minutes away. I hit "Accept" automatically, without looking. Oh no. But it says, "Premium pickup possible!" Oh yes! The pick up is in a dinky suburb of our dinky city. Ain't no ants working there at that hour of the morning. So I go hustling out there - 14.9 miles. When I find the guy, it turns out that he was only going to a nearby bar/restaurant where he left his car when he hooked up with a chick and left with her in her car. It literally was walking distance (granted, it was pretty dark out). So instead of a "premium" pickup the total trip length was .7 miles. Let's see, 15 miles out, .7 for the trip, and then 13.3 miles back to my favorite morning "honey hole." All this for a measly $6.21 for 35 miles of driving. Damn. Ooooh, but I did get the $3.72 "Long Pickup Fee!"
What utter bullshit. But what I don't understand is that the FIRST question the rider app asks when you open it is, "Where To?" So Uber KNOWS where you are and where you're going - they KNOW the length of the trip. They KNEW this guy was only going .7 miles away. So why the subterfuge? Why the come-on of a "premium" trip? They KNEW it was not! And so guess what - as George Bush used to say, "Fool me once...errr, won't get fooled again!" Not accepting any more bogus "premium pickups," not this this ant!
The pickup premium kicks in if the journey to pick up location takes more than x amount of minutes (which differs by market).The app doesn't know how long it will actually take when you accept so it says 'likely' or 'possible'.
Soooo.....if you get that message would it make sense to dawdle a little bit to make sure you get the premium? That doesnt seem "right", but apparently they are almost encouraging it.The pickup premium kicks in if the journey to pick up location takes more than x amount of minutes (which differs by market).The app doesn't know how long it will actually take when you accept so it says 'likely' or 'possible'.