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Everyone deserves a bit of luxury in their lives. Even when you don’t have the budget to go all out with a black car service, you can upgrade from economy services by choosing Uber Select for your next ride.
Uber is known for offering a wide variety of services around the world, and its Select services show no customer need is left unheard. Uber Select makes premium rides affordable, helping users experience higher-end rides at reasonable prices. If you want a luxurious experience on your way to your next destination, Uber Select may be the ride option for you.
This definitive guide to Uber Select will explain what the ride type has to offer, how much it costs, and how you can request your Select ride today.
- What Is Uber Select?
- Uber Select vs. Uber Comfort
- Uber Select vs. Uber Black
- How Much Does Uber Select Cost?
- How to Request an Uber Select Ride
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Uber Select?
Uber Select is a mid-tier luxury sedan service that can seat up to four people. When you request a Select ride, you’ll be matched with a stylish car with a pristine leather or vinyl interior of any unmodified color. In most cities, your vehicle won’t be any more than 10 years old.
Some examples of the car models you may be matched with through Uber Select include:
- Acura ILX, MDX, or RDX
- Audi A3, A4, or A5
- BMW 3-series or 4-series
- Cadillac CTS or DTS
- Genesis G80
- Hyundai Equus or Genesis
- Infiniti EX or FX
- Kia K900
- Lexus ES, IS, or RX
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class, M-Class, or R-Class
- Porsche Cayenne or Panamera
- Volvo S60, S70, or S80
Often, you may luck out with even higher-end sedans or SUVs, since all upper-tier, premium drivers and vehicles are eligible to accept Uber Select requests. However, only mid-tier car models like some of the ones listed above — for example, the BMW 3-series instead of the BMW 5-series or the Genesis G80 instead of the G90 — are guaranteed.
Though Uber Select won’t guarantee a professional driver like the company’s other premium services, you’ll always be matched with a driver who has high average ratings. And just like drivers for any other service, Uber Select drivers must pass a background check and a driving record check.
Watch the quick video overview below to learn more about the different types of Uber cars available to customers.
Uber Select vs. Uber Comfort
Uber Select may sound a lot like the company’s newer ride option, Uber Comfort, which similarly offers an upgraded service from UberX. However, there are a few significant differences.
First, Uber Select is considered a premium service, whereas Uber Comfort is an economy service. Uber Comfort promises mid-size vehicles for extra legroom, but you can be matched with any basic car that fits the bill. On the other hand, all Uber Select cars must be newer and luxury-grade, making the service a step more expensive.
However, because Uber Comfort is focused on maximizing comfort, it promises slightly better service. Before your driver arrives, you can be matched with a highly-rated driver and set your ride preferences — including your desired conversation level and temperature. Again, Uber Select drivers have high Uber driver ratings.
Uber Select vs. Uber Black
While Uber Select is a premium service, it’s not Uber Black either.
Uber Black is a black car service that connects you to professional drivers — those with commercial driver’s licenses and commercial insurance — and true luxury cars. Many, if not most, of Uber Select’s drivers and mid-tier luxury cars won’t make the cut for Black.
Uber Black vehicles also must meet strict color requirements (black interiors and exteriors only) and be no more than five years old for a sleek, modern look. Like Uber Comfort, Uber Black allows you to set ride preferences upfront so you always receive the service you want.
How Much Does Uber Select Cost?
In most cities, Uber Select rates fall between Uber Comfort and Uber Black rates. It’s an affordable way to add a touch of luxury to a ride without going all out.
The exact rates you’ll pay will depend on your city, but here are the Uber Select rates and fees in Los Angeles as of July 2020:
- Base fare: $5
- Per-minute rate: 61 cents
- Per-mile rate: $1.90
- Minimum fare: $12
- Marketplace fee: $3 (the fee only exists in some markets)
- Rider no-show or cancellation fee: $10
You can find your city’s rates and fees by heading to this price estimate tool and entering any pick-up and drop-off locations in your city. Then, scroll down, select “View all options,” and tap on the info icon next to “Select.” A pop-up window will appear with detailed pricing information.
The rates you see may still increase during times of high demand due to Uber’s surge pricing, but the rates you see will help you estimate your base price. Your final cost may also be impacted by your Uber tip (15% is custom).
How To Request an Uber Select Ride
When you’re ready to request your mid-tier luxury ride, the first thing you need to do is download the Uber app on your iPhone or Android. If you haven’t signed up before, follow the prompts to do so on the homepage. The smartphone app will request your full name, contact information, preferred password, and payment information.
If you choose to add your payment information later, you’ll tap the menu icon on the upper left-hand corner of your screen, then tapping on the “Wallet” section. Tap “Add Payment Method” to proceed.
As soon as you’re logged in, tap the “Where to?” bar on your home screen to enter your pick-up and drop-off locations. Then, scroll to the “Premium” section and tap “Select.”
Review the price of your Uber ride and make sure your estimated drop-off time and payment method work for you. Then, tap “Confirm Select” to request the Uber service. You can track your ride as soon as you’re matched with a driver.
Frequently Asked Questions
Uber Select is a great option for anyone who wants a bit of luxury in their day. To learn more about your ride options, here are our answers to three common questions:
Does Lyft offer a mid-tier luxury vehicle option like Uber Select?
The closest service to Uber Select on the Lyft app is Lyft Lux. Not to be confused with Uber Lux, which is an ultra-high-end service, Lyft Lux is a perfect option when you want to upgrade from the standard Lyft ride but don’t want to splurge on the company’s black car services.
Does Uber Select provide enough room for bags and luggage?
Most Uber Select rides should have enough room for one personal bag and one luggage piece per person, but if you want to guarantee extra room, we recommend an UberXL or Uber Black SUV ride instead. This is recommended if you plan to ride with three or more other people and they each have their own baggage.
How do I know if Uber Select is available in my city?
Pulling up your city page is the best way to find out if the Uber service is available in your area. To do so, head to this Uber cities listing and select your market. Then, scroll down to the “City Name,” choose a ride section, and tap on the “Premium” tab to see if “Select” is listed. If it is, Uber Select is available to request in your city. If you don’t see the “Premium” tab or the “Select” option, the service is not available in your area.
Add a Touch of Class
Uber Select is a rideshare option that makes luxurious trips both accessible and convenient. When you’re tired of riding in the basic Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius, or Honda Civic, this affordable premium service takes your trip up a notch and helps you enjoy every ride. Whether you’re heading out to a casual dinner with a date or just want to spoil yourself after a long day, Uber Select is the service for you.
On the days you don’t mind a budget-friendly option, you can always request one of Uber’s economy options instead. Learn how sharing a ride in UberPool, one of the most affordable options on the Uber app, can help you save.
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.