For a limited time, you’ll get a free ride the first time you use this feature (up to $20 value) with Uber. All you have to do to claim your free ride is link your existing Uber account or set up a new account within Messenger and request a ride.
Facebook decided to split up its social network, messaging, and company page management into three separate apps because …I don’t know why. As Facebook puts it in the announcement, “Messenger is your place to communicate seamlessly with everyone,” as long as you don’t mind closing and opening a different app.
But now you can at least request a car to go meet your friends without closing and opening a different app, so I guess that’s improvement! To request a ride, press the “More” button, which looks like three dots at the bottom of the current conversation (it’s not available from the main menu), and then choose “Transportation” from the list.
You can even just tap an address in your conversation.
You can also use Messenger to send money to settle split tabs and stuff like that, like an alternative to Venmo. It does not surprise me that Facebook is trying to expand its role as a payments processor, especially given that it already has many people’s credit card information on file to cover the costs of some online games.
I’ll probably continue to use the regular Uber app, but I will make an effort to remember this at least once before I request my next ride to the airport. $20 is $20.