After such a great day on the road yesterday, I carved out time between yoga and a work event I was hosting to spend another couple hours driving. It was a Saturday on a holiday weekend and just shortly after I clicked to go online I got a request from a couple in my neighborhood that needed to get to one of the hotels downtown a couple miles away. They were really nice. 10 minutes later I dropped them off and earned around $4. So far downtown hasn’t provided me any hits, so I started driving toward uptown and got a request.
The guy was late 20s and noticeably anxious. He hopped in the front seat, which made me a bit anxious, but turned out to be a cool guy who was just super stressed about moving across town. I dropped him off 15 minutes away in an industrial area for around $4. So today wasn’t really turning the profit yet, but I was hopeful. I headed north to a more urban area and got a hit from a cute couple heading to downtown. 10 minutes and $4 later, I dropped them off at Union Station.
Again no takers downtown, so I started heading to the residential areas and got my first UberXL hit. UberX pays around $1/mile whereas if you have a 7-passenger gas guzzler like mine you can qualify to take UberXL rides which pay $1.85/mile. So almost twice as much. I pulled up to find 6 people and 6 large suitcases. Eeps! Luckily on one of my many trips to the Uber Hub I had asked them how to handle this situation. They said, just tell the passengers that UberXL is meant to carry 6 people but can’t guarantee 6 people AND 6 suitcases. I was relieved they were cool with that explanation and we stacked as much as we could and the rest they put on their laps. Bless their hearts.
Off we went! Being new to my vehicle there were times I could tell it was dragging from all the weight of 7 people and 6 suitcases. Oh dear lord I hope we all make it in one piece. They were such a fun group of adults from South Dakota. They peppered me with questions about driving for Uber, how the process worked, etc. Although they apologized for all the questions, as a rider I did the exact same thing so it was no problem at all! We got to the airport about 30 minutes later, earning $42, and they were also my first tippers! Between all of them they gave me around $20, I was elated. Smiles from ear to ear!!!
Like yesterday, I got the awesome re-match at the airport which meant I had an immediate rider ready to go back in the city. This way I didn’t have to deadhead back into town eating the gas money or waste tons of time sitting in the airport queues. The guy was in his early 30s and from south Florida. Really nice with a southern accent. He was getting ready to stay in Denver for the month on a residency so I gave him tips on cool places to try out. We had a nice conversation and I dropped him off at the Budget Rental Car downtown. Took about 30 minutes and I earned $22.
My window to take rides had ended and I made my way back home. All in all I spent 2.5 hours on the road, made around $75 in rides and $20 in tips, and spent $15 on gas. Which is around $32/hour, so even better than yesterday! Though rolling the balance of -$65 from yesterday over, meant I finally hit a positive $30 not including the cost of the car or its insurance. So far I’m digging this Uber thing. Quick money, when it’s convenient, and normal people. We shall see if this winning streak continues!
More to come,
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