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Email insights: Uber gives businesses free travel upgrades

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Everyone loves a free upgrade, especially business travelers.

Uber, the popular ridesharing service, is offering professionals, entrepreneurs and business executives a valuable corporate upgrade with Uber for Business – a commercial service that takes the hassle out of work-related ground travel.

A recent Uber email invites companies to “leave expense reports and receipts in the rearview mirror,” by joining Uber for Business.

Eligible rides can be billed directly to a team’s account using the same Uber app they “already know and love.”  Using the app ensures all trips follow company rules, with one account for everyone and without the need for billing, cash or expense reports.

Uber also eliminates the difficulties of car rentals, parking lots, and empty gas tanks by taking employees door to door for the entire business trip. For those late nights at the office, Uber gets employees home safely while every ride stays within company policy. Ridesharing is also excellent for moving people to and from select business events.

With most ETAs averaging under five minutes, Uber – which now operates in over 300 cities in 56 countries — makes employee travel easy and convenient, allowing the team to focus on work, not the journey.

There’s no charge for companies enrolling in Uber for Business, making it one of the few truly free perks in today’s business travel. To sign up, go to

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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