Uber wants to be your personal shopper and travel agent this holiday season


Planning your vacation trip? After North American debut this spring(Opens in a new window)Uber Travel operates in more than 10,000 cities, including major municipalities in the United States and Canada.

Users around the world can now pre-book rides for each leg of their journey, each of them getting 10% back in Uber Cash to spend on future trips or food delivery orders. Connect your email account (Google, Outlook, Hotmail) and Uber Travel will automatically organize hotel, flight and restaurant reservations.

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Gather a large group? The company is expanding its Uber Charter service to more than 20 cities, allowing travelers to book a party bus, van or coach directly through the mobile app or website.

The news is part of a series of holiday-centric ads(Opens in a new window) of the carpooling service today. This includes the ability to offer orders through the Uber Eats app from restaurants and merchants in more than 10,000 cities. “Gift any order through Uber Eats and we’ll send a personalized message and tracking information directly to the recipient’s phone,” Uber says. You don’t know what they want? Send a digital Uber gift card, which can now be scheduled to arrive at a specific time.

Uber also tipped custom orders — “for those times when that chocolate challah in the gold packet proves elusive. We’ll find it so you can start partying again.”

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And for those with long gift lists, Uber says it “recently launched features to send multiple packages at once, to different destinations, and verify package arrivals with proof of delivery,” in some cities.

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