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Uber Reserve Airport Pickup Australia: School holiday travel hack that will save you time

The days of tedious airport taxi lines could soon be no more with the launch of a little-known feature set to shave hours off your travel itinerary. 

Uber Australia has quietly introduced Uber Reserve Airport Pickups across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Perth, allowing travellers to book a driver to collect them ahead of time. 

Dubbed the one of the best summer holiday travel hacks by thousands, the cars are available to book 30 days in advance and the reservation automatically adjusts based on your flight information.

 

The days of tedious airport taxi lines could soon be no more with the launch of a little-known feature set to shave hours off your travel itinerary

Uber Australia has quietly introduced Uber Reserve Airport Pickups across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Perth, allowing travellers to book a driver to collect them ahead of time

Dubbed the one of the best summer holiday travel hacks by thousands, the cars are available to book 30 days in advance and the reservation automatically adjusts based on your flight information

Uber Australia has quietly introduced Uber Reserve Airport Pickups across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Perth, allowing travellers to book a driver to collect them ahead of time

It then notifies the driver for you so they can be ready and waiting at the airport when your flight lands – even if it’s delayed.

Most conveniently, the booked driver will wait 60 minutes after you land without charge; all you need to do is let them know when you’re ready to go by selecting ‘yes, pick me up’ in the app and they will retrieve you kerbside.

The new feature has been designed to reduce wait times at Aussie airports and streamline the pick up process. However, it is currently only available using Uber Premier so is more costly than the X and Comfort alternatives.

The new feature has been designed to reduce wait times at Aussie airports and streamline the pick up process. However, it is currently only available using Uber Premier so is more costly than the X and Comfort alternatives

The new feature has been designed to reduce wait times at Aussie airports and streamline the pick up process. However, it is currently only available using Uber Premier so is more costly than the X and Comfort alternatives

It comes as Uber continues to overhaul its travel-themed offering, with the recent Travel integration now pushed out across customers in Australia.

The handy new tool is ideal for organisation enthusiasts, as it automatically imports upcoming trip plans from Gmail, Outlook or Hotmail into the app and enables you to see all the legs of your itinerary (flights, hotels, rides) at once.

The company has also recently acquired Car Next Door – re-branded as Uber Carshare – so travellers will have access to a fleet of more than 3,000 cars, vans and utes to borrow across the country and save on road trip costs.

As the busy festive season gets under way, travel and finance pros have been actively sharing their top travel hacks to make holidays a stress-free, more affordable experience.

It comes as Uber continues to overhaul its travel-themed offering, with the recent Travel integration now pushed out across customers in Australia

The handy new tool is ideal for organisation enthusiasts, as it automatically imports upcoming trip plans from Gmail, Outlook or Hotmail into the app and enables you to see all the legs of your itinerary (flights, hotels, rides) at once

It comes as Uber continues to overhaul its travel-themed offering, with the recent Travel integration now pushed out across customers in Australia

Queenie Tan, 26, from Sydney, has been using her finance and travel expertise to save a small fortune on her holidays and kindly shares these tips with her loyal 300,000-strong following

Queenie Tan, 26, from Sydney, has been using her finance and travel expertise to save a small fortune on her holidays and kindly shares these tips with her loyal 300,000-strong following 

Queenie Tan, 26, from Sydney, has been using her finance and travel expertise to save a small fortune on her holidays and kindly shares these tips with her loyal 300,000-strong following.  

She swears by searching for flights via the Google Flights search engine, renting cars instead of using public transport and making ‘a few meals’ in your hotel or apartment to save money eating out – and said there’s ‘no shame’ in doing so.

Earlier this year she and her fiancé Pablo went on a round-the-world trip visiting Singapore, London, Paris, New York, Vancouver and Las Vegas. 

How to save money when travelling

  • Bring food to the airport
  • Bring a water bottle and snacks
  • Pack light so you don’t need to pay for checked luggage
  • Use a card with no foreign transaction fees
  • Book at least six weeks in advance
  • Sign up for travel newsletters and sales alerts
  • Be flexible with your travel dates
  • Check hotel prices on multiple websites
  • Use cashback services on flights and accommodation

Source: Smart Women Society  

When planning to travel, Queenie recommends searching for flights via the Google Flights search engine

Queenie used the search engine to book flights to Melbourne and drive to the Great Ocean Road

When planning to travel, Queenie recommends searching for flights via the Google Flights search engine

Earlier this year she and her fiancé Pablo went on a round-the-world trip visiting Singapore, London, Paris, New York, Vancouver and Las Vegas

Earlier this year she and her fiancé Pablo went on a round-the-world trip visiting Singapore, London, Paris, New York, Vancouver and Las Vegas 

It cost the pair just $1,000 each for all flights as they were able to use Qantas points gained by using a credit card for everyday purchases. If they had paid for the flights outfight, Queenie said it would’ve cost more than $10,000.

She also uses the shopping deal app Klook when travelling. 

‘You can buy cheaper tours, ticket sand sim cards on this app,’ she said. ‘It makes it easier to browse, plan and book a range of activities when travelling in Australia or overseas, and users can save money on tourist attractions, events, hotels and transportation.’

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Flight attendant shares top money-saving travel tips – and reveals the best way to snag free first-class upgrades 

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Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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