Uber Charter expanded into a second regional market in August, setting up shop in three of Florida’s major metropolitan areas.
“We are delighted to announce the launch of Uber Charter in Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay,” said Javi Correoso, Uber’s public policy and communications manager for the South. “Whether it’s a wedding, a visit to a theme park, a trip to the beach, or even a business event, it’s about to get easier for Floridians to book a bus for their next group outing. Plus, we’ll always share pricing up front so there are no surprises.
In July, the carpooling service first rolled out the service in Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metropolitan areas.
Uber Charter says it will launch nationwide in the coming months.
Provisions made in the application
Uber is partnering with US Coachways to enable consumers and business customers to seamlessly book one-way or round-trip, ad-hoc or scheduled transportation for groups of six or more, the company said in a statement.
The service allows customers to request, book and pay in the Uber app.
Initially, sprinter vans, minibuses and other vehicle types will be available for hire with a driver, although vehicle availability will vary depending on market supply.
Riders can choose from a list of accessories at the time of request: DVD player, USB sockets/ports, Wifi and alcohol consumption.
The price varies
Uber Charter prices vary depending on market conditions, but customers receive an upfront price. Trips require a 20% deposit. Passengers can add and remove stops up to three days before the start of a journey.
Uber Charter partner US Coachways will leverage its extensive network of vehicle partners to complete these trips. Its pricing was described as competitive based on factors including seasonality and market conditions, the company said.
Uber customers, who can access the new service by opening their Uber app and tapping the Charter icon, will be notified when the feature rolls out to their city.
The company is also introducing Uber Vouchers for Events, which allows users to create custom codes with a maximum price limit. Users can cover the cost of rides for their event guests with vouchers.
The person hosting will enter the event details and the maximum amount they wish to pay, then share the generated code with their guests, who will determine their own pick-up and drop-off times and locations.