Uber launches new $14.99 subscription service for Australians

If you shudder at the thought of public transport and hate cooking dinner after a long day at work, the emergence of ride share apps and food delivery services in recent years have undoubtedly been a welcome addition.

Now Uber, one of the leading players in both industries with their Uber and Uber Eats apps, is set to reward customers of both with a range of discounts as part of its latest offering.

The company is launching Uber Pass – a new membership scheme which connects both mobility and delivery.

A woman enters the back of an Uber.
Loyal Uber customers can benefit from a new membershiip that offers them a range of discounts. Source: Getty Images, file

"We’re making it easier than ever for Australians to harness the full Uber experience," the company said on Tuesday.

Australia has been selected as one of the inaugural countries for the membership and will be available by the end of the week to the millions who have the Uber app.

What does Uber Pass include?

It will cost $14.99 a month and users will benefit from at least 10 per cent off standard rides and $0 delivery fees for select restaurants on orders above $20, with the same replicated for selected grocery and convenience stores.

There will also be a carousel of exclusive perks, starting with a $20 grocery voucher.

Uber Eats has rapidly grown in recent years to include groceries, alcohol, pharmacy and other deliveries – additions that helped the business combat the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The Uber platform has become a gateway to the world of e-commerce and small business and an increasingly valuable accessory for everyday life – every hour of the day," the company said.

"The Uber app is connecting more people with more businesses and opportunities across Australia."

Last year Uber in Australia offered a temporary service that allowed people to book an Uber by the hour, a service that reduced people's contact with others while running multiple errands.

Governments in the US and other selected countries have introduced an Uber scheme that provides free trips for those in need to receive a Covid-19 vaccine jab.

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