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Like most parents of young kids, we live life on the edge of red level exhaustion pretty much every single day. While it is a million times better than it was when she was younger, we still don’t have the best sleeping arrangements with our toddler, and on a good day we are all just okay in the sleep department. On a day where you throw in early wake-up times to catch flights, later bedtimes, time zone issues, or just a fluke bad night for her, and we all cross the threshold from okay-ish to zombie-level-tired pretty quickly.
One area of life where this takes a toll is mealtime. At home we are doing okay with cooking dinner several nights a week, at least when everyone is home, but on the road almost anything goes. Elite status has spoiled us a tad with included room service breakfast, or at least lounge access in many hotels, but when dinner rolls around those perks are typically much less useful. By dinner time on the road our exhaustion levels are peaking, our children’s behavior is tanking, and we just want to be fed before we all pass out or become hangry monsters. There have been times that this had led to spending way more than we should simply ordering mediocre room service.
We strongly considered the room service trap on a recent trip to New York City as we had already had a long travel day, explored Central Park, swam, and had an early morning ahead of us the next day. As much as I wanted to go out enjoy one of the zillions of restaurants the city had to offer, leaving the hotel again just wasn’t in anyone’s best interest. Room service for our family would have easily been well over $100 for food that we weren’t really excited about, so we thankfully opted to go a different route.
For the first time, we turned to the UberEats app to easily order food from a ton of different restaurants at a fraction of what room service prices would have been right from my phone. I know UberEats is old hat to some of you, but it isn’t a service that exists in my suburban life back at home, so using it “in the big city” was new to us.
This is a standalone app, so it isn’t something you can access within the main Uber app, but it was easy enough to get the app installed and running within a few minutes. We then just put in our location at the hotel and tons of restaurant options with menus, prices, and delivery time estimates appeared.
A few clicks later and some salads, pizza, and pasta were on their way by bicycle. I can’t tell you how good it felt to know we didn’t have to leave the hotel or pay room service prices in order to have comfort food quickly and easily on the way. The app lets you track where your delivery is, so we knew right when to head outside to meet the delivery.
The tipping situation was a little awkward as I thought you could tip in the app, but it seemed the delivery person was hoping for a cash tip in person. Ultimately, we were able to tip in the app later on once that option appeared, but that was the only sort of weird part to the process.
Otherwise, we paid less than half of what room service would have cost, ordered exactly what we were in the mood for, and didn’t have to fumble around with figuring out who delivers to our location, or paying with a card over the phone, or wondering when to meet the delivery person outside. We clicked a few buttons, paid electronically, and knew exactly when to head down to retrieve our meal.
If you haven’t already, I think that UberEats is the perfect tool to add to your family travel bag of tricks for getting everyone fed in the hotel room quickly and easily without spending a small fortune.
It also doesn’t hurt that UberEats codes basically the same as Uber, which means that you can use your Sapphire Reserve’s annual travel credit, or just pay with a card that earns a bonus on travel to earn some extra points. You can also use a referral code to save on your first order. My UberEats referral code eats-ubermommypoints takes $10 off your first order, in case that helps you out.
I love going out and trying new restaurants on our travels as much as the next person, but with kids along for the ride sometimes it is best if the food just comes to us, and UberEats makes that so easy and much more affordable than traditional room service.
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