BUSINESS

Uber Will Now Let You Book A Car Weeks In Advance

Unfortunately, there's still no way to avoid surge pricing

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Jun 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM ET

The main reason people love Uber is because it requires no advance planning. Whenever you want a car, you just request one and it shows up a few minutes later. But if you’re the kind of person who’d rather take care of things ahead of time, Uber now has you covered. They’re letting people with business accounts in certain markets book rides up to 30 days in advance.

The feature is only available in Seattle for the time being, but will soon arrive in San Francisco, and eventually other larger markets. So this is clearly yet another way Uber—and Lyft, which rolled out a similar service several weeks ago—are trying to cut into any advantage local taxi and limo companies hold..

If you’re thinking you can use this to game the system and avoid surge pricing by requesting an Uber days ahead of time, think again. The app still requests the car right before your designated pick up time, so you’re subject to whatever pricing is happening in the moment. Drat. At least it will allow you to avoid long wait times when there are rushes on cars at the airport before long holiday weekends.