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Ride-hailing Giant Uber Launches its Rewards Programme Across US

While the company has expanded beyond ride-sharing to include bike and scooter options, it is not rewarding people who choose these modes of transit as of now

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Ride-hailing giant Uber has officially rolled out its “Uber Rewards” programme for all users in the US.

Earlier, users in only nine US cities were able to earn points and claim incentives through the programme.

Uber Rewards lets its users earn every time they use Uber or Uber Eats, unlocking benefits along the way. It was launched on the heels of a similar programme by rival Lyft.

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“Uber’s loyalty programme incentivises you to be, well, loyal to Uber and not to its competitors. For example, every dollar you spend on UberPool, Express Pool and Uber Eats gets you one point.

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“Once you hit a certain number of points, you can reach certain Rewards levels, like Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Diamond, which requires at least 7,500 points, gets you things like priority pickups at airports and free delivery on Uber Eats orders,” the TechCrunch reported late on Monday.

While the company has expanded beyond ride-sharing to include bike and scooter options, it is not rewarding people who choose these modes of transit as of now. (IANS)

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Ride Hailing Giant Uber Starts its Services in Vancouver

Uber, Lyft start ride hailing services in Vancouver

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Uber has started its official rides and app in Vancouver, British Columbia, making it the last major city in North America to get the cab hailing services. Pixabay

Ride hailing giant Uber has started its official rides and app in Vancouver, British Columbia, making it the last major city in North America to get the cab hailing services.

This isn’t the first attempt that the ride hailing giant has made to operate in Vancouver. The city was one of the first target markets outside of the US during the company’s expansion in 2012.

However, the British Columbia Passenger Transportation Board, an independent tribunal that makes licensing decisions for commercial passenger-directed vehicles, informed Uber that it would need to charge a minimum of $75 per trip, the same as other chauffeur services, which caused the company to exit the market, wccftech reported on Saturday.

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This isn’t the first attempt that the ride hailing giant has made to operate in Vancouver. This isn’t the first attempt that Uber has made to operate in Vancouver. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that people in Vancouver, BC can hail rides from San Fransisco headquartered Lyft, too.

The approvals technically cover the whole of the Lower Mainland and the skiing destination of Whistler, BC, although that wider permission only allows for drop-offs.

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The companies only have permission to pick up passengers in Vancouver.

Most other cities in the region (including Burnaby and Richmond) expect to offer licenses soon, though, with Surrey being the notable exception, according to Engadget. (IANS)

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