SunFest 2016: Uber giving free rides to new users

If you are headed to SunFest this year, Uber has a deal for you.

The popular ride sharing service is offering free rides (up to $20) to those who have never used the service before. uber logo

To receive the deal, new riders must sign up for the service with the code SUNFEST16 at Uber.com/app.

If you already use Uber, the company has a deal for you too. You can get a code at the Info Booth inside SunFest for $10 off your ride home. The promotion is sponsored by Coors Light.

Check out our full coverage of Sunfest 2016, includes music lineup, new food offerings and more

1 billion served: Uber celebrates landmark ride

(Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
(Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

Uber has served its billionth customer, the company announced this week.

The lucky rider was Marvin, whose driver, Ara, took him on a £5 uberX ride through London on Christmas Eve, the company said.

The car: a blue Honda Insight Hybrid.

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“This holiday season, we’re feeling grateful and festive crossing this milestone as we close out the year,” the company said in a news release.

For being the billionth rider, Uber will give Marvin a year’s worth of free Uber rides, while Ara gets a vacation anywhere Uber serves.

Uber also said it will make a donation to the Hackney Pirates, a literacy nonprofit that serves the area of London where the billionth trip began.

 

Report: These were 2015’s biggest travel trends

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)
A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)

This has been a huge year for travel — in particular for Florida, which is expected to receive a record number of tourists by the year’s end.

CNN has put together a list of some of the top travel trends for 2015. Here are two of the ones we think had the biggest impact:

Frequest flier miles based on dollars spent instead of miles traveled

This year, three airlines switched up their frequent flier programs in a big way: issuing rewards based on the amount of money spent, instead of how many miles were traveled.

And American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines might be leading a bigger charge, CNN reports.

“We saw some of the first hints globally from international carriers,” Skift.com co-founder Jason Clampet told CNN.

The rise of Uber and Airbnb in business travel

With the addition of Uber for Business, the increasingly popular ride-hailing app made it easier for companies and employees to expense trips. Companies now can set up corporate accounts, set rules and monitor rides more closely.

Airbnb also has risen in popularity for corporate travel, CNN reports. Instead of booking costly hotel rooms, for example, a company might book a large condo through Airbnb.

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