Uber wants to increase its services so that the business thrives Giving users more possibilities. The last of the ideas they have had is that you can use the application to book plane tickets. At the moment it is a function that is in the testing process, but it aims high and could become part of the future of Uber. What exactly has the company prepared for this new role?
If you already use Uber for car rides or even when ordering food, the next thing could be the purchase of plane tickets. This feature has already been implemented in the version of the tool available in the United Kingdom, which has traditionally become the testing ground for company news. Based on the impressions it generates among British users, the entity could give it more or less priority in terms of its arrival in other markets.
An ambitious novelty
This is how the company itself defines it in the United Kingdom, treating it as one of the characteristics that most expect to change the use that is provided to the application. If they do well, the sale of plane tickets could reach have a great presence in the day to day of the app. And possibly it will work out for them, since it is not the first initiative of this type carried out by Uber. Thus, previously the company already introduced in the British version of the application the possibility of buying train and bus tickets.
They count from Uber that the figures of bus and train ticket purchases have been so good that they have continued working to have the infrastructure that allows them to book plane tickets as soon as possible. For now, no specific data on the supposed success of which Uber speaks has been revealed, but the company affirms that each month it is enjoying a 40% increase in the number of train and bus reservations. This could mean that this new business that the company has undertaken would be close to becoming a solid pillar for its finances.
How exactly does it work?
Uber has not created a division to take care of ticket reservation management. Instead, what the company has done has been to sign a collaboration agreement with a well-known entity that will provide all the muscle of the operation. This partner that Uber has chosen is the Hopper travel agency, who manages the reservations and then provides Uber with a percentage of each of the sales that is made. Since Hopper is not physically present in all markets, this opens up a wide range of possibilities for Uber to sign agreements with the leaders of the trips in each region.
The users therefore You can search for tickets from the Uber app and make the purchase without having to use another registry. They receive the tickets in their mail and are linked to their profile. For the user there is no type of interference due to the presence of Hopper in the equation. Likewise, an interesting possibility opens up, such as matching the reserved tickets with the request for car transport. Thus, for example, travelers can request that a car pick them up to take them to the airport within the stipulated deadlines to arrive on time. In this sense, Uber obtains a double benefit: the ticket booking commission and giving its drivers the opportunity to have a larger clientele, which results in more profit for them.
For now, the moment in which the reservation of tickets will reach other countries has not been announced, although it is expected that the impressions that Uber receives in the United Kingdom will be favorable and that the service will not take long to expand.