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Can You Pay Uber with Cash – A couple of weeks back I used Uber throughout an overnight in Colombo, so I’ve been receiving email updates about their service there ever since. Typically I ‘d just erase the emails, however, the one in my inbox this morning caught my eye, as the subject line read “Arriving now: Money payments in Colombo.”
I was confused in the beginning, due to the fact that in my opinion half of the benefit of Uber is that it’s cashless. To me, marketing “Uber” and “money” in the same sentence would be the same as marketing “Starbucks” and “gin & tonic” or “Dunkin’ Donuts” and “steak tartare” in the same sentence. They simply do not fit or so I believed.
Here’s exactly what the email said:

We are thrilled to let you know that beginning today, you will have the ability to spend for your Uber rides with cash!
That’s right you get all the Uber awesomeness and even more choices when it comes to spending for your trip. Just pick the MONEY option, take a flight and pay your motorist straight in money at the end of the trip.
If you do not see the money alternative in the app immediately, don’t worry the cash option will roll out gradually to everyone over the coming weeks.

As you can see, the process is quite simple, as you just select “MONEY” as the payment alternative when picking a ride, and then you pay the driver in cash.

There’s even an Uber press release about this new opportunity. Obviously Uber did a money test in Hyderabad, and now are expanding the alternative to pay in money to 130 cities worldwide.

When I first saw this I said to myself “well exactly what’s the point then?” However, I can definitely see merit to Uber beyond the cashless element of it. Uber is also fantastic because it lets you track your flight, create invoices, supplies transparent prices, and you can constantly follow-up with Uber after the fact, even if you paid in money.
I suspect this modification is concerning cities where some people might not have a credit or debit card, and therefore they may be people who would not otherwise have the ability to utilize Uber.

As far as the driver goes, I suspect Uber simply deducts their cut of the money rides from the Uber driver’s pay that’s processed by credit cards, which I think is still a majority of rides.

This is an interesting development, even if on the surface the cashless aspect is exactly what a lot of us like the majority of about Uber.

Have you ever seen the choice to spend for an Uber flight in money?

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