Last week, I decided to pop into Delhi for a little surprise for my mom, to visit her on her birthday and hopefully take her out for dinner. However, life had other plans, and my flight got delayed getting into Delhi by over 45 minutes and my cab came and went away.
I thought this wasn’t a good sign, but it really was a good sign to start trying out Uber, which has launched in Delhi in test mode about 3-4 weeks back. As soon as the plane touched the gate, and it was time to get out and get rolling. I brought up the Uber app on my iPhone, and while in my conversations with people I was being told all along that Uber cabs were going to be stationed in South & Central Delhi, near the Airport and in parts of Gurgaon.
The app said the closest cab was 35 minutes away, which is not normal practice (supposed to be 5-10 minutes), but I confirmed it anyways. I figured by the time I deplaned, walked out of the airport, I won’t have to wait much since I was at the other end of the airport anyways.
I got confirmation that a Toyota Camry was on its way to pick me up from the airport and take me home. The chauffeur called me up 10 minutes later to confirm my exact location, and I told him to arrive at the Terminal 3 of the airport and then call me. He arrived ahead of schedule, and I had a neat and clean Camry waiting for me by the time I arrived at the exit and was able to buy some cake from the airport coffee shop for my mom.
He called me again and told me where he had pulled over, I walked over to him, and as soon as the chauffeur recognised me, he greeted me and ran to get my bag from me, even though it was not a big bag at all. After that, I informed him of the destination, and we were on our way, discussing his experience with Uber in the past few days.
Since I could not take a shot of the car at the airport, here is one from when I arrived at home.
The beauty about the service was that I did not have to worry about cash as well, because Uber had my credit card details, and they were going to charge me for the ride as soon as I closed the door behind me, and I got a text message from the bank immediately about the charge that was made on my account. I got an invoice in my email soon after.
We postponed the plan to go out to the next day, and after the long 4 hour lunch I had with my family, I was going to go away directly to the airport to get a flight back to Mumbai. I tapped Uber’s app again, and this time around, I got a car in 4 minutes flat, a sleek BMW 5 series!
The pricing was reasonable as well, with Rs. 70 as base fare, and Rs. 20 per kilometer and Rs. 2 per minute of the ride. Remember not to book for fun and trying the app only, because cancellation is Rs. 200.
Uber recently launched in Bangalore, and you could try their services in Bangalore or Delhi using my signup link, which gets you Rs. 500 when you take your first ride. You can download the Uber App from the iTunes store or the Google Play store to call your car.
I also worked with Uber to be able to get readers to try out the service. So, if you go to the promotions section on the Uber app or website and add BOARDINGAREA as a promotion code, you’d get 2 rides for upto Rs. 500 free after you add the promocode, any residual amount would be debited from your credit card automatically. This promotion is only available to new users.