Revealed: Uber to launch flight-booking feature on its app this summer for UK users
- The new functionality will be powered by online travel agent Hopper
- Users will be able to select seats in the app and then pay
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Uber has announced a new UK feature that will allow users to book flights directly in the Uber app.
The new functionality – powered by online travel agent Hopper – will be available to all UK users this summer and will allow them to book domestic and international flights from the app.
To book a flight Uber app users will need to enter their travel details, including where they will be travelling to and from, along with dates.
Customers will then be able to select their departing flight and returning flight if a round trip.
With major carriers, users will be able to select seats in the app and then pay, just as they would for any Uber service.
Uber has announced a new UK feature that will allow users to book flights directly in the Uber app
Uber said this new functionality ‘will allow for a true door-to-door experience for air travellers, with all legs of the journey being manageable in Uber’s smart travel itinerary’.
In addition, the ride-share firm said that ‘through working with Hopper’, it can offer customers ‘multiple unique peace of mind products to help make air travel stress-free’, including ‘price freeze, flight disruption guarantee, cancel for any reason, change for any reason and VIP support’.
Flights on Uber join existing transport options including Uber Rides, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, train journeys across the National Rail network, Eurostar and coach travel with National Express and Megabus.
And Uber recently integrated bookings with Heathrow Express, allowing for seamless booking through the airport shuttle service.
Users will be able to select seats in the app and then pay, just as they would for any Uber service
Andrew Brem, General Manager at Uber UK, said: ‘We’re incredibly pleased to introduce flight bookings as the latest addition to Uber’s suite of travel booking options.
‘Perfect for business travellers and tourists alike, our new functionality will make the booking and managing of air travel simple and stress-free, with the booking process taking as little as one minute in the Uber app. Over the past 12 months with the addition of rail, coach and now flight bookings, Uber is truly a one-stop travel solution.’
Frederic Lalonde, CEO and Co-Founder of Hopper, said: ‘The addition of flights to the Uber app is a big win for UK consumers who are looking for an easier way to book travel. This new partnership will offer Uber users choice, transparency and flexibility when booking flights, all in the same place they are already booking their other transportation.’
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