Uber says surge pricing occurs when there are more riders requesting a car than there are drivers in a given area. Nobody likes to pay a premium for a ride, but Uber is tight-lipped about how to avoid surge pricing. "Uber always estimates your fare ahead of time, so if surge pricing is in effect, we’ll notify you in big bold print," says Jones. "If you’re looking to avoid surge, you can opt for the app to notify you as soon as surge pricing at your location ends." Though unconfirmed by Uber, some passengers suggest walking a few blocks, trying another ride-sharing app, selecting another vehicle type (like Uber Select, Black, or XL), or waiting a few minutes before trying again.