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Uber is testing a subscription service that will make it almost as cheap as subway or bus


Uber is testing out yet another pricing model to sway its customers with. This time, it's a subscription-like model with flat, preset prices for both UberPool and UberX.

For example, in San Francisco Uber users can purchase a $20 package for the month of September which the gives you 20 trips, or $30 for 40 trips. Subscribers will also pay $2 for an UberPool ride or $7 for an UberX ride, which means riding by yourself. 

Details on Uber's new pricing model

Uber's current pricing model

Right now, Uber calculates the price of your ride based on time, distance traveled and of course its infamous "surge pricing" model, multiplying the cost if the ride is requested during a high-demand period. Starting in September, surge pricing will come to and end if you purchase the new subscription package.

The test packages will be available in six cities: San Francisco, Miami, San Diego, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Uber is testing a subscription service that will make it almost as cheap as subway or bus

D.C. uber driver Patrisha Johnson said the plan made sense for riders and didn't bother her as a driver.

We're always thinking about ways to make Uber an affordable, everyday option, and this is a small beta we're running as part of that effort.
Uber representative, quoted by Business Insider

How to get flat fares 

Twitterers were soon expressing their opinions on this new pricing model. 

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