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Uber is a driving service which – as of March 2015 – operates in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and, slightly oddly, Wakefield.  It is rolling out strongly, globally as well as in the UK, and if it hasn’t reached you yet then it will soon.

In London and Manchester, the company has just added a new car to its range.  With immediate effect, the existing four car bands of UberX (Toyota Prius), UberExec (Mercedes E Class), UberLux (Mercedes S Class) and UberTaxi have been joined by UberXL.

UberXL is designed as a cost effective way for larger groups to get around. You will be sent a Mercedes-Benz Viano, Ford Galaxy or similar. In London it will seat six people, in Manchester it is guaranteed to seat eight.

In terms of pricing, it will sit roughly 30% above UberX. This should still be lower than a typical black cab in London. Typical fares are quoted at £52 for a trip from the West End to Heathrow compared to £37 with UberX. Mayfair to the City is estimated at £12 compared to £7 with UberX.

If you haven’t joined Uber yet, you can still get £15 of free credit by signing up using our referral link.  If you might need a taxi this weekend, give it a go.

Go to this website and sign up – you can then download the relevant version of the app and sign in. Alternatively, download the app first and use promo code ‘headforpoints’ when registering.

PS. One of the cool things about Uber is that the same app works everywhere. We are down in Dubai this week and I can summon a car in the same way I do in London, and as I could in Doha the previous week. Your £15 sign-up credit is only valid on a ride in the UK, however.

Comments (13)

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  • Volker says:

    “Your £10 sign-up credit is only valid on a ride in the UK, however.”

    And how long is it valid for? Do you have to take your first Uber ride within a certain time frame if you sign up today?

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      It’s valid indefinitely. They may (again) do a sign up offer worth more than £10 though so might be better to wait if you’ve got no immediate use for the credit.

    • Alan says:

      Hmm, I hadn’t realised that. I’ve got a Manchester credit but didn’t know I could use it elsewhere in the UK.

  • Chris says:

    I’ve ordered UberX’s several times since the XL was introduced, and I’ve never had the XL, so I don’t know how well that is going to work in reality.

    • CWK says:

      The reason why UberXL drivers can take UberX fares, is that at the moment there isn’t enough UberXL fares to keep those drivers busy, and it’s better they take UberX fares, to keep earning, rather than sitting around, earning nothing.

      If you specifically want an UberXL, then request an UberXL! It will probably take longer, than an UberX, while they’re are signing up more drivers with cars that meet UberXL requirements.

      However, if you’re in a group of 5 or 6, or with large amounts of luggage, then request a UberX, in the hope an UberXL will turn up (and pay the UberX rate), then please don’t, as it wastes everyone’s time if an UberX does turn up. It’s happening in the US, a lot, which driver’s are unhappy about. If an UberXL does turn up, and your party of 5/6 or excess luggage gets in, the driver will simply e-mail Uber for a fare review, and you’ll still be charged the correct UberXL rate.

  • Jon H says:

    Don’t underestimate Uber’s global coverage – I’m finding it tremendously useful in Bogota just now! And like you say, one app that just works

  • CWK says:

    I’d have thought Birmingham would be next, as it’s next major city in the UK.

  • John says:

    I believe the credit may transfer to other countries. I signed up my other half using a £10 referral code whilst we were in the US and she was credited with $30 instead of £10 of credit!

    Not sure if that was because she was in the US when signing up / entering the code and what not, or just because they translate the credit into other country/currency where you use it.

    You also don’t have to use it all in one go, so if your trip is only £8, you’ll keep the £2 of credit remaining on file for a further trip.

    • callum says:

      It’s because you were in the US. I used the app in the US with UK credit and it was charged directly to my credit card (though they kindly refunded me AND let me keep the credit when I sent them an email asking why the credit didn’t work).

  • Nathan says:

    Used it in Sydney last week and melbourne this week! Such a great app!!

  • Julie says:

    How do you see if this code has worked on your account

  • Alan says:

    Seems to be only showing $10 off first ride when I tried that code on their website.

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