I first heard about Uber coming to Boston early last year, and to be honest I was a bit skeptical. I wasn’t sure how it would be any more convenient than using a cab, and initially didn’t think much about it. As their presence grew in Boston, I decided to take a chance and sign up and a year later our car-free family loves Uber! We use the service at least twice a week and have been tremendously impressed with the convenience of using Uber Boston!
My kiddo and I have lived just outside of Boston, in Cambridge for the past five years. It’s a diverse city with tons of family friendly activities and a great public school system. We moved here from a few towns over not just so my daughter could have a great education but because of the accessibility. We’ve been a car-free family for about four years now, and primarily use the bus and train to get around. We live right along the Minuteman Bikeway and can walk to the local train station and local shops in just under 10 minutes. We can easily take the train into Boston and go shopping along Boylston Street, catch a movie downtown or go ice skating in Boston Common. While living car-free is pretty easy in Cambridge, we cannot always rely on the public transportation system and/or it doesn’t go to where we are travelling.
What we enjoy most about using Uber is the ease – no need to stand outside trying to hail a cab or worry about going to the ATM to get cash. Simply download the app on your smartphone, connect a credit card and you are good to go! I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible about carrying around cash with me, and the times I would try to get a cab I would be denied because they refused to accept credit cards. When I’ve got a cranky hungry kid, who needs to go to the bathroom, the last thing I want to hear is that I need to travel to the ATM to get cash. That just wasn’t working for me! Once you’ve downloaded the app you can enter your pickup location and choose which of their high-quality services you’d like to use:
UberX: Low cost – Base fare $2.25 – Seats up to 4 – Toyota Camry, Nissan Accord etc.
UberBlack: The Original Uber – Base fare $7 – Seats up to 4 Lincoln Town Car, Mercedes-Benz E350 etc.
UberSUV: Room for Everyone – Base fare $14 – Seats up to 6 – Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon etc.
At various times I’ve used all three services, but we use UberX primarily because of the price – it’s often cheaper than a regular cab and I can usually have a driver arrive in under 10 minutes! Once you’ve booked your car, you get a text letting you know they are on the way (including the driver’s name) and a text when they’ve arrived at the pickup location. Even better? In the Uber app you can see a small photo, name and license plate number of your driver. It’s super helpful at night or when you’re in a crowded place.
New as of today, Thursday, May 8, Uber has added another service, UberXL to Boston, with seating up to six people, its ideal for transporting large groups with the same convenience, safety, and ease of Uber at an affordable price. How does UberXL differ from UberSUV? Two things: the price point and the cars. UberXL is essentially an extended version of UberX consisting of vehicles like Honda Pilots and Toyota Siennas. This is the perfect option for larger families who may not need the glam factor that comes along with the UberSUV.
Why do we love using Uber?
- Customer Service: Every driver I’ve had has been off the charts friendly, often opening the doors for us and helping load groceries in the car.
- Convenience: With a couple of clicks I can book a car, and can choose the right service to fit my needs at the time. No more waiting for a bus in the winter time or carrying cash!
- Affordability: With prices of UberX comparable to those of taxis – you’ll be impressed with how affordable using Uber is.
It really has set my mind at ease knowing I can rely on Uber and on amazing customer service! With the launch of UberXL today, I’m sharing a special discount code: $30 off your first ride! If you’ve been wanting to try Uber or need an alternative to a cab, please sign up with Uber Boston today! Simply download the Uber app on your iPhone, Android or Blackberry and use the code “SingleMomsJourney” or visit https://www.uber.com/go/SingleMomsJourney.
Uber really does have you covered and with UberXL the possibilities are endless!