Uber “power riders” in Seattle and other cities have been invited by the company to try a new beta program that offers flat fares on rides throughout the month of September.
Users of the ride-hailing service in Seattle would pay $49 up front to gain access to $3 UberPool rides and $8 UberX rides. Trips would be confined to a designated area, detailed in the map below, and would be capped at 20.
The offer is valid through Sept. 30 and is good seven days a week.
According to Uber’s FAQ on the program, the flat fares are designed to cover full fares for almost every trip, with a $20 limit for UberPOOL and a $25 limit for UberX. “You’ll be responsible for paying portions of the fare that exceed those maximums on each trip,” the site says.
The Seattle map shows the longest possible ride, depending on traffic and route, could be the north-south trip from Northwest 85th Street in Ballard all the way down to the Spokane Street Viaduct in SoDo. It would certainly be a deal at $3 in UberPool.
Other cities participating in the program, at different pricing rates, include San Francisco, San Diego and Miami. And Uber routinely offers flat fares, without the upfront buy-in, in select cities (Chicago, Toronto) and designated areas for limited time periods.