You might already know about the basic Uber ride types. There’s UberX for individuals and small groups. Or UberXL for groups of 5-6.
If you’re willing to pay extra for a more luxurious ride, there’s Uber Premier.
Uber Premier and Premier SUV are premium services that give you a ride in a luxury sedan or SUV. Premier costs more, but you get more.
If you’re an Uber driver, you might wonder which vehicles qualify for Uber Premier, how it differs from Uber Black, and how much you can earn compared to other Uber services.
Want to know more about Premier? Read on for info that will help both Uber passengers and drivers.
What is Uber Premier?
Uber Premier is an Uber ride type that offers a ride in a luxury car or SUV.
Uber Premier and Premier SUV are the most expensive Uber service, typically costing more than twice the price of an UberX ride.
Uber Premier replaced Uber Black in some cities. Other cities never had Uber Black, but Uber Premier was added as a new luxury option.
Uber Premier vs Uber Black
Both Uber Black and Uber Premier are high-end luxury services that require newer vehicles and cost more than other Uber ride types.
The major difference between Uber Black and Premier is that Uber Black drivers have commercial auto insurance and must comply with other state regulations for livery drivers. Uber Premier drivers aren’t required to meet those regulations.
Anyone with a qualifying vehicle can become an Uber Premier driver without additional licensing or insurance. Uber Black drivers are typically commercial livery drivers who drive for Uber Black and other private transportation services.
Each city will only have one of the two ride types. So if a city has Uber Black, it won’t have Uber Premier. And if a city has Uber Premier, it won’t have Uber Black.
Uber Premier for passengers: Cost & features
Uber Premier has high vehicle standards and higher prices than other Uber rides.
Expect your Uber premier driver to be driving a newer luxury vehicle from automakers like Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes, and Tesla.
Uber Premier costs around twice as much as UberX. For example, in Austin TX, Uber Premier costs $1.97 cents per mile and 73 cents per minute, while UberX costs 97 cents per mile and 27 cents per minute.
Below is an example of a typical ride that shows UberX and XL prices compared to Premier and Premier SUV prices.
To see if Uber Premier is in your area, open the Uber app and input a destination. You will see all available ride types. You may find that your area has Uber Black instead of Uber Premier.
Uber Premier for drivers: Vehicle requirements & earnings potential
The requirements to drive for Uber Premier are similar to other Uber services: You must meet the age requirement (21 in most cities), pass background screening, and maintain auto insurance up to the state minimum.
The main difference is that you must have a qualifying vehicle for Premier, complete at least 250 rides to be eligible, and maintain a 4.85-star passenger rating.
Vehicle requirements for Uber Premier
- Vehicle must be 6 years old or newer
- Must be on the approved list of luxury vehicles
- Use the Uber vehicle search tool to see which models qualify
The vehicle makes that have models that are eligible for Premier: Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Ford Expedition, Genesis, GMC Yukon, Infiniti SUVs, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche, Tesla, Volvo.
For more examples of the vehicles that qualify, check this list of vehicles that qualify for Premier in Philadelphia.
Premier drivers can also get ride requests for lower-priced Uber services, like UberX and XL. You can change your driving preferences to only accept Premier rides, but the volume of requests may not be high enough to keep you busy.
How to get added to Uber Premier
If you meet the qualifications for Premier, Uber may automatically add Premier as an option in your Driving Preferences. If Premier isn’t an option on your account and you think you qualify, contact Uber and ask to be added.
How much can you earn as a Premier driver?
Uber Premier pays much more per trip than Uber X. Fare rates are roughly twice as high as UberX.
But it’s hard to say exactly how much an Uber Premier driver can earn because many factors are at play and there is not much publicly available data to analyze.
Just because Uber Premier rides pay more doesn’t necessarily mean that an all-Premier driver will earn more than an UberX driver. There are other factors to consider.
Ride volume will likely be lower because prices are much higher on Premier. Most passengers choose an X or XL over a Premier.
And because most Premier drivers also do Uber X and XL rides, Premier income gets blended with their X and XL income. That makes it hard to say exactly how much Premier earnings can be.
You also have to consider is the higher costs of a Premier vehicle. Most UberX drivers use a lower-cost, high-MPG vehicle like a Toyota Prius or Ford Fusion.
Premier-eligible vehicles are significantly more expensive to purchase, and many have much lower gas mileage than the typical UberX car.
If the volume of Premier rides isn’t high enough, those additional costs will eat into your profits. Depending on your market and your vehicle, it may be more profitable to drive a lower-priced car on UberX.
Example of Uber Premier Rates for Drivers vs. Uber X
Is it worth buying a car just for Premier?
Many drivers see the higher prices of Uber Premier rides and their first idea is to invest in a Premier-eligible vehicle. Is it worth it?
It may be worth it if you can get a great deal on a qualifying Premier vehicle that gets decent gas mileage.
But the reality is that the volume of rides on Uber Premier may not be high enough to justify the higher cost of a Premier vehicle.
You could buy a Cadillac Escalade only to find out that you can only get a few Premier rides per day. And while it’s true that you can get X and XL rides in your Premier vehicle, you will be paying the higher costs of a Premier vehicle while only earning X rates.
If you want to find market-specific information, visit driver forums on Facebook and Reddit to ask other drivers how the Premier market is in your area.
edward w jarman says
can i have two different cars and drive uber
Doug H says
Yes. You can have multiple vehicles on your profile and switch between them.
John s. says
I do know you can have 2 different vehicles listed. When I first bought my new car it took a while for the old 1 to disappear from the Uber app and I would have to select which car I was using so I would imagine you would get different requests depending on if 1 of your vehicles is premier/XL etc.
Joshua Trammel says
Doug H, Ford has a new XLT that has leather. Do you think that would qualify for Premier?
Doug H says
Generally the model determines if a car qualifies for a service, not the trim level. But you can check Uber’s vehicle search tool for your area to see if it’s listed under Premier
What cities actually have Uber Premier?
Kenneth Johnson says
I have a 2022 grand Cherokee L Overland black on black with bells and whistles and I really don’t understand why I can’t drive under Uber Premier
Robert Bart says
Hi, I have a 2022 Tahoe LT loaded with every option, Black on black leather interior with captain chairs in the middle row. My old 2016 Tahoe had the same setup and qualified for all ride types. I ordered my Tahoe in May of 2021 and it came in as a 2022 in January of 22.
Uber gave me all ride types ( Miami area) except Premier SUV. I get premier rides but not premier suv. I get XL as well. Uber has no idea what they are doing. I went to the greenlught hub in person and was told that I had to apply for a black car account. There is no black car service in Miami.I wrote letters via uber help line and twitter only to be told over and over that my Tahoe doesnt qualify for any premier ridesat all despite me having all the requirements and ratings. The option for premier is on my app, check off and I get some premier rides but the SUV option isnt there. Makes no sense at all. $70,000 Luxury 7 seat ride or as some of my passsengers call it, “Whip”!
The new designed Tahoe has as much room as a 2020 Suburban which qualifies for Premier SUV and now has adjustable rear capaian chairs and room for luggage. Just doesnt make any sense to me why I cant get Premier SUV. I have taken as far as I can with ubers support and my next sttep is to send a letter and pictures to uber corporate.
Brother, I have a 2021 GMC Yukon SLT with black on black and captain’s seats 2nd row, rear entertainment screens. I feel your pain. Don’t bother contacting Uber Support or Uber Corporate anymore; it will not change…been trying for years. Lol
For Miami, FL or Atlanta, GA or any big metropolitan city, our Luxury SUVs (Yukon SLT, Tahoe) that don’t have the extra cargo space or top-end trims like Denali or Premier/High Country will never be classified as Uber BLACK SUV or Uber PREMIER SUV according to their vehicle classification lists. For this reason and this reason only, I have taken my rideshare services on my 2021 GMC Yukon SLT to exclusively Lyft where I do have those premium driver options (Lux, Lux BLACK, Lux Black XL). I only bounce back to UberXL while having both driver apps open and if there legitimately are no Lyft Premium rides coming through at that time.
Lyft is the way to go for now until Uber updates our SUVs (Yukon, Tahoe) to be Uber BLACK SUV worthy when it 100000% is on par with Cadillac Escalade, Audi Q7, BMW SUVs, Lincoln SUVs.
Oh also, no commericial tags, insurance, or license is required for Lyft to drive the premium luxury equivalent vehicle categories.
Thanks for the information, I’ve had this question for a while, contacted uber support twice but the agents on both occasions didn’t know the difference between uber black and uber black suv and kept telling me that a new chevy tahoe would qualify for uber black suv.now reading your post it seems they’re strict on the type of the vehicle
that must be a single, solid chassis.also during the time you drove on black or black suv platform did you have enough rides to justify the investment. I’ve been doing uberx in Chicago and demand is high for uberx
You may want to keep in mind that Uber suv requires that it be commercially licensed, I had a Ford Expedition on the suv platform I did well but I also carried private rides and had to carry commercial insurance costing 500+ dollars a month with a million dollars coverage required.
I did well during ski season from December to April then I mostly ran on XL during summer that’s in Utah.
think about all the added expenses to drive black SUV it’s a big commitment.
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