UberPool, the adventurous sequel to your well-used Uber app, launched in Melbourne earlier this month providing the city with the option to utilise the ride-sharing option in tandem with fellow passengers, car-pooling to cut down your fare. To celebrate, this week Uber is offering three free UberPool rides for users.
Based on the US-based Uber Express Pool, the introduction of the service in Melbourne follows a Sydney trial and subsequent launch this year, and the trips are meant to wind up costing passengers around two thirds of a solo Uber trip – but drivers will still be able to earn around the same as they would for a regular service.
The offer — announced in an email to Melbourne Uber users this morning — is valid until Friday, June 22 and lets passengers nab up to three free UberPool rides, as long as they're under $40 per ride and taken between 5am and 11:59pm. To redeem the offer, all you need to do is select "Pool" in your Uber app and the discount will be automatically applied, then follow the instructions regarding where to find your "dynamic pick-up spot" and meet your travel mates and driver.
UberPool is currently only available in certain suburbs (bordered by Coburg, Hawthorn, Balaclava and Footscray), so those in further-flung regions of Melbourne may need to wait a little longer to live out your cheaper carpooling dreams.