Because I am curious and wanted to know for myself, I opened the Uber passenger app and went to Flexx’s webpage to do this comparison at 6:40PM on a Tuesday. You can also do a similar comparison using Uber’s Fare Estimate.
I have a regular rider whose Mom has me take her son to a school bus. That school bus then takes the kids to a distant school and leaves at 7:10AM. If I’m on time picking him up from his home (which is 1.5 miles from me), this is what the Uber app shows as the estimated fare:
uberPOOL Price $6.82
UberX Price: $8.03
(If the ride is scheduled with a pick up time of 6:40AM-6:55AM, the only option is UberX for $7-9)
Flexx Standard Price $5.50
Distance: ~4.0 miles (~11 mins)
If I’m late picking him up (meaning he will miss the school bus), I take him directly to the distant school:
uberPOOL Price $12.51
UberX Price: $13.90
(If ride is scheduled with a pick up time of 6:40AM-6:55AM, the only option is UberX for $10-13)
Flexx Standard Price:$11.15
Distance: ~11.4 miles (~18mins)
Estimation of earnings for taking him to the school bus if it was through uberPOOL:
$.68/mile for 4 miles = $2.72
$.10/minute for 11 minutes = $1.11
TOTAL Passenger Fare: $5.78
75% of $5.78 = $4.33 (my earnings)
Based on the Uber app though, the estimated fare is $6.82 for uberPOOL and 75% of $6.82 is $5.12 (my earnings).
If it were UberX, however, based on the app, the estimated fare is $8.03 and 75% of $8.03 is $6.02 (my earnings)
Estimation of earnings for taking him to the school bus if it was through Flexx:
$.80/mile for 4 miles = $3.20
$.16/minute for 11 minutes = $1.76
Base Fare $1.00
TOTAL Passenger Fare: $5.96
80% of $5.96 = $4.77 (my earnings)
Based on Flexx’s webpage though, the estimated fare is $5.50 and 80% of $5.50 = $4.40 (my earnings)
Estimation of my earnings for taking him directly to the distant school if through uberPOOL:
$.68/mile for 11 miles = $7.75
$.10/minute for 18 minutes = $1.80
TOTAL Passenger Fare: $9.55
75% of $9.55 = $7.16 (my earnings)
Based on the Uber app though, the estimated fare is $12.51 for uberPOOL and 75% of 12.51= $9.38 (my earnings)
If it were UberX, however, based on the app, the estimated fare is $13.90 and 75% of $13.90 is $10.43 (my earnings)
My estimation of my earnings for taking him directly to the distant school if through Flexx:
$.80/mile for 11 miles = $8.80
$.16/minute for 18 minutes = $2.88
Base Fare $1.00
TOTAL Passenger Fare: $12.68
80% of $12.68 = $10.14 (my earnings)
Based on Flexx’s webpage though, the estimated fare is $11.15 and 80% of $11.15 = $8.92 (my earnings)
Uber’s pricing fluctuates and riders are either under/overcharged and drivers are always underpaid. As you can see from the examples above and the spreadsheet below, Flexx pays drivers more.
Created Wednesday morning to quickly calculate and compare fares:
Before the collapse of the I-85N bridge, and Uber changing the way uberPOOL rides show up under Trip History, I have seen uberPOOL rides paid out at $1.87 a trip! Today, most uberPOOL rides pay $3.75 on a Flat Fare of $5.00.
And if there is another uberPOOL rider added, the riders’ fares are combined into one, so drivers do not see the trip fare charged each rider, or the split in earnings.
Uber announced that through April (and it has been extended through May), uberPOOL is being offered at $2.50 if starting or ending at a MARTA station! In fact, this is in the rider’s app:
“By offering steep discounts on uberPOOL trips, with fares significantly less than uberX, it’s even more affordable for Atlantans to share their ride. As we continue our campaign, we’re specifically offering a 50% discount on all weekday uberPOOL rides that begin or end at a MARTA station in metro Atlanta. This discount will be available between the hours of 6-10 AM and 4-8 PM through the month of April. This will be applied on top of our continued investments in uberPOOL, meaning that riders will enjoy prices up to 75% off the price of uberX.” https://newsroom.uber.com/us-georgia/commuting-together/
Any wonder why most drivers refuse to accept POOL rides?!