It baffles me that Uber doesn’t have its own rewards program. In the day and age of being able to earn free hotel rooms, flights and even sandwiches, a popular ridesharing company doesn’t have a loyalty program. However, Uber has a few partnerships that still allow you to earn free rides from time to time. Let’s take a look at the easiest ways to rack up free Uber rides, aside from filling up your friends and family’s email accounts with referral credits.
Use the Uber Visa Card
In the fall, Barclays issued a co-branded Uber credit card and surprised us all with its generous rewards earning rates. As a cardholder, you will earn 4 percent cash back on dining, 3 percent back on hotels and airline tickets, 2 percent back on Uber rides as well as all online purchases, and 1 percent back on everything else.
Each point you earn is worth 1 cent, and you can redeem them for free Uber rides starting at 5,000 points toward a $5 ride credit. If you use your card frequently, free rides will arrive at your doorstep.
Link The Platinum Card from American Express to Your Uber Account
Uber partnered up with American Express a few years ago, and Platinum Card members have been able to receive “free rides” since the card’s benefits were upgraded last year. Every month, you get a $15 Uber credit, which goes up to $35 every December—for a $200 total per year. You can redeem these credits on rides taken during that month only, and if not used, they expire.
The reason that I use the word “free” inside quotation marks here is that the Amex Platinum card charges a $550 annual fee. Sure, you get free rides, but technically you pre-pay for them once you shell out cash for that pricey card membership.
Enroll in Visa Local Offers
If you hold a U.S.-issued Visa credit card, you can get rewarded for doing what you already do—spending money at certain merchants. Partners include Dunkin’ Donuts, Regal Cinemas, Yard House and more.
To earn free rides, add a Visa credit card to your Uber account and join Visa Local Offers from the app on your phone. Once you shop enough with your enrolled Visa card at any participating merchants, you will earn ride credits that don’t expire. To view the full list of partnering retailers, check out your Uber app.
Unfortunately, since the demise of Uber’s partnership with Capital One, there aren’t that many lucrative ways left to score free rides. And because the company itself hasn’t come up with a loyalty program, we have to make do with what is available. Hopefully, in the future, Uber will create a reward system to benefit its loyal customers.
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