Can You Pay Uber with Cash?
A frequent question asked among customers everywhere is “can you pay uber with cash?” Fortunately, although Uber was designed to be a completely automated process, it is possible. In fact, there are two solutions and we’ll walk you through how to use them.
In a typical scenario, as a rider, your fare would be automatically charged to your credit card at the end of each trip. Certain cities/countries do offer the option to pay with cash but you must ensure it’s enabled on the Uber app.
How to Enable the Cash Option In The Uber App
If you want to pay with physical cash, you’ll need to add the option to do so on the Uber app. Follow these steps:
- Open the Uber app and log into your account.
- Tap on the menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen and go to “Wallet.”
- In the Wallet, Scroll down to “Rider Profile” and select your profile (the default name should show as “Personal”).
- Then select “Cash” as your default method of payment.
During your trip, you should receive a message informing you that the fare will be shown on your driver’s phone at the end of the ride. Make sure you receive an email receipt after you remit payment.
Challenges Using Cash in Hand
As Uber’s typical method of payment is through the app, there are certain issues you’ll need to consider before attempting to pay with cash, including:
Your ability to pay with cash is location-dependent. And because Uber has yet to release a list of specific cities in which drivers accept cash, planning ahead is difficult.
Currently, cash payments for Uber are more popular in countries in which only a small percentage of the population prefer to pay with credit card such as India, Indonesia, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, and the Philippines. Unfortunately, Uber is not widely available in the U.S. With that said, some customers have reported success when attempting to pay with cash, but only in certain cities.
Because most Uber drivers are used to dealing with transactions over the app, they may not be prepared to give you change. Although Uber drivers are advised to carry cash just in case, there’s no guarantee your particular driver will be able to provide you with the correct amount of change, if any at all.
You can, of course, pay the difference with the tip, however, if you only carry larger bills and your fare is on the lower end, you may end up paying substantially more than intended.
Some customers have reported that Uber automatically rounds up to the nearest dollar amount if you choose to pay with cash. So for instance, if your fare was $8.05, Uber will charge $9 even. So, if cash is your consistent method of payment, you’ll likely be spending more than what was originally planned.
“Uber Cash” Payments
As an alternative to pay-as-you-go methods (such as credit and debit cards, PayPal, and cash-in-hand), you also have the option to prepay for Uber expenses.
In September of 2018, Uber launched a new initiative, Uber Cash – a closed-loop payment system that allows you to preload your account with credit to cover upcoming expenses within the Uber ecosystem (including both ridesharing and Uber Eats).
There are a number of reasons why you might prefer this payment method over others. For example, if you’re trying to rein in your spending, you can use this feature to set a budget for your Uber-related expenses in the upcoming month.
By paying in advance, you’re also saving yourself from stressing about declined credit card payments or unintentionally drained bank accounts.
How to Add Funds to Uber Cash
Before you can use Uber Cash as your method of payment for a ride or food delivery, you’ll need to add funds to your account ahead of time. This can be done by following these steps:
- Open the Uber app and log into your account.
- Tap on the menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen, and go to “Wallet.”
- In the Wallet, tap on the “Add Funds” button. This will give you the option to choose the amount of money you’d like to add.
- Add a payment method; funds can be added using credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, and Venmo.
- Finally, tap “Purchase” to load the money into your account.
If you use Uber Cash regularly, you may want to enable auto-refilling of your Uber Cash balance.
How to Auto-Refill Your Uber Cash Balance
- Under the “Wallet,” tap on the “Auto-Refill” link.
- Specify an amount of money you’d like to add to your account any time your balance falls below $10.
In addition to adding funds to Uber Cash yourself, there are also opportunities to receive Uber Cash through the Uber Rewards program, some credit card rewards programs, and gift cards.
Challenges Using Uber Cash
One potential issue to be aware of is that your Uber Cash balance will only be accessible in the country in which those funds were purchased. If you’re traveling, make sure you wait until you’re in the country in which you’ll be using Uber to add credit to your account or switch to a different method of payment.
Additionally, before you begin using your Uber Cash credit for your rides, choose this option as your preferred method of payment in the Uber app. If this step is skipped you’ll likely see a charge to your credit card instead.
Always Have a Reliable Ride
There is little worse than being left with no ride when you aren’t prepared. The Uber app, though user friendly, can be challenging to use if you’re not familiar with the numerous options for payment as well as specific limitations. If you’re unsure how to select or switch between payment methods, getting a simple ride can become tedious. That’s why making sure you’re fully set up is so important.
A great solution is getting the help of the 6ya team. One quick call at any hour of any day and you’ll be put in direct contact with an expert who will walk you through everything you need to know about using Uber. You won’t have to scour through complex instructions or watch lengthy video tutorials on the web. The professionals at 6ya can help you with clear and simple solutions for not just your tech problems, but also your home and auto needs.
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