Uber is one of the leading names when it comes to transportation these days, and now, due to popular demand, it’s expanding the way users can pay.
Today, Uber officially announced what it calls Family Profiles, which can be found in the iOS app. With this, users can have up to 10 different individuals share a single payment method. This means that family members, or close friends, can have their ride paid for by another person. The easiest example would be to have a parent pay for a kid’s ride, if it was needed.
“While we’ve called this feature Family Profiles, we let you decide who is family. It’s a great way to help loved ones, friends or coworkers get where they want to go while you foot the bill. Whether you’re a parent with kids away at college or a daughter wanting to help your parents maintain their independence, it’s never been easier to share some Uber love around to the people that matter most in your life.”
As it stands, the new Family Profiles feature is only available in the following cities: Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix. It’s a pretty easy process, too, both for the rider and for the person organizing the ride, as Uber breaks down:
For the organizer:
- Make sure you have the latest version of the Uber app.
- Go to Menu and choose Settings.
- Scroll down to “Add a Family Profile” and select the contacts you would like to add.
- As soon as the Family Profile rider accepts the invitation, they can begin requesting rides from their own phone using the Family Profile as their payment method.
- The cost of the trip will automatically be billed to the Family Profile and the organizer will receive a receipt for every ride.
As for the rider, it’s cut-and-dry: You’ll need to open the email invitation that the organizer sent, and make sure that the Family Profile is set as the default payment method. And then simply select a ride and get going.
There’s no word as to when Family Profiles will expand to other regions, so for now if you don’t live in any of the aforementioned cities, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.