Is Uber allowed at my destination airport?

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When Drew and I were nomads, we would frequently check if Uber was available in our destination before we arrived. We were delighted when more and more cities got Uber, and we had to deal with taxi-haggling less and less. Eventually I started to just assume that Uber would be nearly everywhere we went.

Even when I could start to safely assume Uber’s existence in a city, for awhile, this was not always true for that city’s airport.

 

So when my Dad called me this afternoon to ask if I thought Uber would be an option for his upcoming trip to Florida, I forewarned that I didn’t know what the airport situation would be like. When I did a dummy search on the app, I could see cars in the area…but were they allowed at the airport?

Well, looks like the times have changed a bit since I was a nomad in 2015. For one, Uber now has a list of all the airports they serve.  The best part about this list is that it also provides information about where you can go to meet that Uber, as it’s not always as simple as walking outside and waiting for the Uber to come to you.

With this list, I decided to do a little test to see how Uber’s airport coverage had changed in the US. Last year a WSJ article stated that 10 of the Nation’s 40 busiest airports had banned Uber. Atlanta, Orlando, Detroit, etc etc. I was curious- had that changed? So I checked the top 40 busiest US airports to see how many of them made the Uber list. Out of those 40, only 2 do not appear on Uber’s airport coverage list, and of those 2, only 1 truly doesn’t offer Uber.  AUS.  That’s right.  My airport.

HNL (Honolulu) does not appear on Uber’s airport coverage list, but when you set HNL as your pick up option, you do have the option to use an Uber SELECT vehicle.

Of course I knew I wouldn’t see my city on that list because we don’t have Uber or Lyft at all.  To use Rideshare services in Austin, you have to download our apps for our Rideshare services. At first this was an annoyance, but some of the alternatives have gotten pretty good. RideAustin is my favorite. The interface feels just like Uber and since it’s a nonprofit, the drivers get pretty much all of the fare.

While this coverage list is pretty thorough for the US, it’s still worth checking for any of your international destinations, especially for any of you who travel beyond the capital cities of the world.

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