After the ball drops and the bubbly pops to ring in the new year, the last thing you want to think about is how you’re getting home.
You probably know that if you take Uber after the clock strikes midnight, you’ll likely have to deal with Uber New Year’s Eve surge pricingthe increase in standard ride fees that occurs during high-demand periods.
But is paying more the only way to get a safe ride home? We’ve got a few tips.
5 Ways to Avoid Uber Surge Pricing on New Year’s Eve
1. Play the System
Everyone has a friend who installs every ride-sharing app imaginable on their phone and flips through them until they find a price they like.
Be that friend on New Year’s Eve; keep an eye on all ride-sharing services.
Download Uber, Lyft, Via or whichever app floats your boat. Fill ’em up with your billing info so you’re ready to go on the big night, then start scanning the competition. By having multiple options, you increase your chances of avoiding surge pricing.
2. Stock Up on Promo Codes
Have a promo code for a discounted or free ride? Make sure it’s applied to your account before you start cracking open bottles of champagne.
Ride-sharing companies may black out some referral codes or promo offers on their busiest nights of the year, but it’s always good to be prepared.
3. Plan Your Trips to Anticipate Costs
Historically, the cheapest times to call upon ride-sharing services early on New Year’s Day are right after the ball drops at midnight and again after 3 am
Want to stay out late but not that late? Wind down the night at a friend’s place so you don’t spend money at a bar until closing time.
4. Walk a Few Blocks
If you’re with a group or in a busy, well-lit area, it may be worth walking a few extra blocks to get a ride in a surge-free zone. Use an app like Surge Protector to see the surge territory near you and whether it’s worth hoofing it a bit.
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