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Old 24 Jun 15, 11:35 PM  
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Will they take you back to the airport? I notice you said they wouldn't collect? May use them to take us to and from dc, then to airport on way home! Question if my husband and I both register, does that mean we get 2 free rides? 😉
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There's nothing stopping you getting an Uber back to the airport. We did.

In terms of getting picked up when you first arrive at MCO, you could a) get a Mears to a place very close to the airport then request an Uber from there b) get the Lynx bus one stop then request your Uber c) jump on one of the free shuttles and get off at the first hotel then request your Uber...

Put it this way, going MCO - hotel on arrival day cost us $50 with Mears. Going hotel - MCO with Uber cost us $20.

And if you both download the app and both apply codes then, yes, two rides free!
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Originally Posted by 66Caunce View Post
I may have to add another tip now but here goes:

There's nothing stopping you getting an Uber back to the airport. We did.

In terms of getting picked up when you first arrive at MCO, you could a) get a Mears to a place very close to the airport then request an Uber from there b) get the Lynx bus one stop then request your Uber c) jump on one of the free shuttles and get off at the first hotel then request your Uber...

Put it this way, going MCO - hotel on arrival day cost us $50 with Mears. Going hotel - MCO with Uber cost us $20.

And if you both download the app and both apply codes then, yes, two rides free!

That's great thanks, we have a car when we arrive but hand it back when we go to Hrh! Thanks for this
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Thanks for this Will hopefully be able to save some money using Uber.

Are the drivers safe?
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Okay, stupid question alert! I take it that you need wifi or data to use the Uber app? Not sure if we'll have access to wifi everywhere we will be and don't want to run up large bills by using data. How did you get around this?
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I've updated the first post to include the answers to these questions.

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Thanks for this Will hopefully be able to save some money using Uber.

Are the drivers safe?
The drivers are as safe as getting into a taxi with someone you don't know. 95% of our drivers were fantastic - extremely friendly, knowledgeable, chatty and loved the fact we were British and using Uber. The other 5% were just a bit odd in the same way you get odd taxi drivers. We had one guy who made inappropriate comments about scantily-clad women we passed on the sidewalk (I doubt he'd do it with a woman in the car but as we were two guys he probably assumed we'd enjoy it!), one guy who had a beat up old car full of junk food wrappers (he'd come out as Uber had raised prices for an hour or so - a lot of drivers only bother Ubering when prices are raised) and one guy who was annoyed his previous passengers hadn't tipped him to the point we felt a little intimidated to tip. But all of these could happen in a normal cab and, like I say, the majority were fantastic. We had very quiet foreigners, chatty black dudes (mainly!) and even the odd woman driver. Sometimes, by chance, you'll get the same driver you've had on a previous day, too.

The fact you rate the drivers out of five stars when you've completed your journey means, if they do something naughty, they could lose their job. All star ratings and comments are monitored by Uber. I would argue this is safer than getting into a taxi. How many taxis have you got into where you've not known the name of the driver and the make, model and registration of the car? Every single taxi I've ever taken, for me! With Uber, you get all that information. Plus, you can track your journey on the app - the little Uber car shows where you are, gives an ETA and you can watch yourself on screen moving towards your destination. We often joked that if we were taken off track somewhere, we could see that and discreetly dial 911 for help! Obviously this never happened and, again, if we were in a normal taxi, we'd never know if we were going the right way or not.

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Okay, stupid question alert! I take it that you need wifi or data to use the Uber app? Not sure if we'll have access to wifi everywhere we will be and don't want to run up large bills by using data. How did you get around this?
There aren't any stupid questions! I've tried to make the guide as simple yet informative as possible but there will be things I've missed, like this.

You do need wifi or data, yes. We used a 3 Feel At Home PAYG SIM card. We ordered it online for free, and when it arrived topped it up with 15. We then logged in to our account online and bought the Feel At Home bundle for 15. This gives you 25GB data, more than enough to leave it on for a month and not exceed the limit. Even if you did, as it's PAYG, you'd simply be cut off until you topped up again. Our 15 lasted the full two weeks and we still have 10 on it!

I had just finished one contract before we went out so ordered a new phone and used my old contract phone as our USA phone. If you're already with 3 on a contract, log in to your account online and select the International thingy to make your phone a Feel At Home one. You'll get the same as PAYG without having to pay the 15.

Data signal was brilliant everywhere, we were never stranded, except on one occasion at Old Key West where the data signal was terrible. We still managed to get an Uber to pick us up with some perseverance.
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I really must download it for our trip, I have it here already. Am I too early to put codes in for a credit for next year ie do they expire? Would be great to use it once so hubby doesn't have to drive so can have a drink.
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I really must download it for our trip, I have it here already. Am I too early to put codes in for a credit for next year ie do they expire? Would be great to use it once so hubby doesn't have to drive so can have a drink.
Wherever you download it, it's valid all over the world. I thought the app would be different in the US, but it's not.

As for codes, they do expire unfortunately. The latest expiration date I can find is 01/01/2016 from Uber themselves: RIDIN30 gets $30 off your first ride. Considering we got from I Drive to MK one day for $27 that's some deal!

If you're planning to try it out in the UK first, or get an Uber to the airport for free from your hotel, then use the code savethestudent20 for 20 off your first ride.

We have since deleted the app as we don't live in a UK Uber area. I'm interested to see if, when I download it next year, I can sign up as a new user and use the codes again... If this is the case, as I suspect it will be with a new email address and new bank details, it'll mean the difference between a hotel shuttle and a free Uber to the airport on the morning of departure and another free one on my partner's phone from Disney hotel to Universal hotel. We'd then use a final Uber for Universal hotel to car hire place to collect a car for our final six days.
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Ah Okay I will wait for the end of the year and perhaps get dh time get it as I've already got it, I had a code for 10, got it end of last year. Only used it once tho. Thank you
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