6 Ways You Can Save on Your Next Uber Ride!

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6 Ways You Can Save on Your Next Uber Ride!

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In the past year, Uber has added partners including AMEX Membership Rewards, Capital One Quicksilver, and Starwood hotels.  So I’ve put together a list of ways you can currently save money on your next Uber ride.

6 Ways You Can Save On Your Next Uber Ride
Here’s a Rundown of How You Can Save With Uber

What’s Uber?

Link:   Sign-Up for Uber

Uber is a car service available in 58 countries.  You can request a ride from the Uber iPhone or Android app on your mobile device.  And on the app you can watch your driver’s progress to your location.

When you sign-up for an account, you enter your credit card number.  Then all charges are done through the app, no money ever changes hands.  But you can tip the driver in cash if you want!

Sometimes Uber is more expensive than a regular taxi (especially during busy periods), but often it’s cheaper.

I’ve had good experiences with Uber so far.  The drivers have been friendly and the price was the same (or cheaper) than a taxi.  And I love how convenient it is to order a ride from your phone!

6 Ways You Can Save on Your Next Uber Ride!

1.   $20 Off Your 1st Ride (New Users Only)

If you haven’t tried Uber yet, you can get a $20 credit towards your 1st ride when you sign-up with Emily’s link.

6 Ways You Can Save On Your Next Uber Ride
You Can Save an Easy $20 When You Give Uber a Try

2.   AMEX Membership Rewards

Link:   Details on How to Use AMEX Membership Rewards With Uber

Link:   Uber Rewards for Rides FAQ

You can save money by redeeming your AMEX Membership Rewards points on Uber at a rate of 1 cent per point.  So 2,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points is worth a $20 Uber ride.

6 Ways You Can Save On Your Next Uber Ride
Start Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points Towards Free Uber Rides by Linking Your Accounts Through the App

That said, you can get much more value than 1 cent per point when you transfer your AMEX Membership Rewards points to travel partners like Singapore Airlines.

3.   Save 20% With Capital One

Link:   Save 20% With Capital One

With the Capital One Quicksilver and QuicksilverOne card you’ll save 20% anytime they use Uber through April 30, 2016.

This deal is good for new and existing Uber users.  Plus, you’ll earn 1.5% cash back on all purchases with the Capital One Quicksilver cards for a total of 21.5% in savings on Uber.

6 Ways You Can Save On Your Next Uber Ride
Save 21.5% on Uber With Your Capital One Quicksilver Card Through April 30, 2016

4.   Up to 4 Starwood Points per $1 Spent

Link:   Enroll to Earn Starwood Points With Uber

Link:   How to Earn Starwood Points for Uber Rides

You can earn as many as 4 Starwood hotel points per $1 spent (up to $10,000 per year) on Uber.

You’ll get 1 Starwood point per $1 spent on Uber when you’ve made at least 1 eligible stay at a Starwood hotel in a calendar year.

And when you use Uber while you’re staying at a Starwood hotel, you can earn up to 3 Starwood points per $1 spent depending on your Starwood status:

  • 1 bonus Starwood point per $1 spent on Uber for Starwood Preferred Guest members
  • 2 bonus Starwood points per $1 spent on Uber for Starwood Gold or Platinum (with less than 75 eligible nights in the current year) members
  • 3 bonus Starwood points per $1 spent on Uber for Starwood Platinum (with 75 or more eligible nights in the current year) members

Starwood hotels include:

6 Ways You Can Save On Your Next Uber Ride
You Can Use Starwood Points Towards Stays at Hotels Like the Sheraton Waikiki

5.   Get Up to 50% off With UberPOOL

Link:   More Details on UberPOOL

Link:   UberPOOL FAQ Page

Save up to 50% on Uber by sharing your ride with someone who’s traveling in the same direction.  This service is currently available in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and San Francisco.  When you select UberPOOL through the app, you’ll automatically be matched with another rider.

You’re only eligible for UberPOOL if you’re traveling with 1 other person.  Larger groups are NOT eligible.

6 Ways You Can Save On Your Next Uber Ride
Share Your Ride, Meet New People, and Save Money With UberPOOL

6.   Pay With the Right Card & Earn Rewards Points

You can also earn airline miles, hotel points, flexible points, and cash back when you use Uber.  This will save you money on future expenses.

6 Ways You Can Save On Your Next Uber Ride
Paying With a Card That Earns Bonus Points With Uber Can Save You Money on Future Travel

Here are a few ways you can earn bonus points when you use Uber:

Bottom Line

Uber is a car service that makes getting around in a new city easy.  Folks who want to give Uber a try can save $20 on their 1st ride when they sign-up with Emily’s link.

You can also save on Uber with American Express Membership Rewards, Capital OneStarwood hotels, and UberPOOL.

Remember to pay with a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred that earns bonus points with Uber, to save money on future travel!

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or you can get $30 off your first ride with the code: RIDIN30

◾The ride credit will be used first before any personal form of payment is used.

◾Enter the promo code before you request your first ride in order to ensure the free ride credit will be valid towards that first ride.

◾You must use the credit within 30 days of entering the Uber code into the app.

Thanks for the uber info. My wife signed up for a new account with Emily’s link. So now we should get a $20 credit right? How do we access/use the credit? Is there a code at checkout? Is there already $20 in our account? We are new to Uber and want to do it right when we do use the app. Thanks.

You forget to mention that there are constantly promos that Uber puts out for riders… it’s just a matter of searching.

I check a helpful blog at least 1x/week just to see if anything is coming up in my local area, or where I plan on traveling to. It’s worth your while to take a peek every now and then.