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I have been using Uber for almost ten years. The app has connected me with drivers around the world and has been my go-to ride for airport trips, getting around town, and exploring new places (over 3,100 times). I’ve actually never used Lyft and have been quite content with Uber through the years (I do miss the loyalty program, though).
Over the past few years, Uber has branched out into food deliveries with Uber Eats, scooters, Uber Explore (for restaurant and activity recommendations), and more. Now, Uber is testing the waters in the UK with options for booking domestic and international flights.
Uber has rolled out an initial launch in the UK with select members being able to book flights. This is being powered by Hopper. Uber has incorporated several of Hopper’s features including the ability to freeze airfare, cancel flights, and rebook or get a refund due to flight disruptions.
This test is part of the long-term vision of Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, who has been discussing Uber as a wider travel platform since 2018. The pandemic delayed this plan and had Uber focus instead on food delivery. Now, Uber is starting back on its mission as a one-stop app for travel. We’ll see how long it takes for flight booking capabilities to cross the pond.
Anthony’s Take: I’ve long been a fan of Uber and would be open to trying this service as long as I can get my elite benefits, earn miles as usual, and have a seamless experience. I’d assume we’ll see some promos when this rolls out in the US.
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