My answer is very subjective and YMMV but I haven’t seen a lot of consistency for when surge pricing can happen.You have your usual times (Christmas eve, New Year’s Eve, Friday and Saturday nights) but I’ve also had it at 2pm on Tuesday.An Uber driver once explained to me that surge pricing happens when there is a shortage of drivers and it’s designed, in part, to incentivize drivers to get on the road.
Apparently they will get a notification when they are in demand.
Prices go up when demand goes up, so it’s usually higher around rush hour.I checkd to see what a ride would cost at 6:30 am, and it was around $13 to my destination.When I booked the ride at 7:10 the price had gone up to $17.
From what I’ve seen, it usually happens when there fewer drivers for various reasons like significant snowfall, holiday season or anything that would make drivers want to stay in.
Essentially, when supply is less than demand, price goes up.