I wasn't aware of such a thing as a "hidden" surge but it's good to know, thank you for explaining that in detail. I will try to pay more attention when I accept requests but I am afraid that I won't be able to analyze those in detail since I only have a few seconds to decide and keep my eyes on the road the same time. Maybe I need a bigger screen than just a phone to see more request detail? How do you do it?This surprises you? We see this all day every day since UFF.
In addition to Uber now raising and lower fares for similar trips on a whim, there is "hidden" surge and there WAS hidden surge before UFF.
Before UFF some were calling it shared surge, or surge kick back. I sometimes called it pity surge. How it worked was when the pax was paying way more for their fare than the driver was earning, Uber would share some of that pax surge with the driver so their take wouldn't be sheer lunacy. For example, maybe with a $5 surge you were making $15 on a trip, but Uber was charging the passenger $50 for the trip. Instead of leaving you with only 30% of the fare, Uber would raise your surge on the trip detail to $10 to that the split was slightly less horrible at 50/50.
The difference now with UFF is that this "shared" surge is baked into the offer up front, and you can see it ahead of time in the request.
I haven't figure out how can I see in the Uber app the final destination when a change like this pops up, before picking up pax. I am just a little worried that this is a way to go around the system to get f***ed by unwillingly ending up in an unsafe area of the city and get robbed or worse...I always decline multiple stops and cancel any trip when a change pops up. As well as any trip switch on lyft which seems to happen multiple times a day
Decline, decline, decline!Frank noticed this last week. Each time a trip is refused then gets offered to the same driver again, the price drops. Very frustrating.