It Might Be Time to Change How You Pay for Uber Rides!

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Bad news for folks who enjoy earning bonus AMEX Membership Rewards points on their Uber rides.

Via Travel With Grant, AMEX Platinum cardholders will no longer receive 2X AMEX Membership Rewards points on Uber purchases starting February 1, 2018.

This was a nice bonus to have because you could earn it while using the $200 in annual Uber credits that come with the card.

It Might Be Time To Change How You Pay For Uber Rides
Folks Who Want to Earn Bonus Miles or Points on Uber Rides Will Still Have Options After February 1, 2018

Here is what we know right now, and what you can do to continue earning bonuses on Uber rides.

AMEX Platinum Cards Lose 2X Bonus on Uber Rides

Link:   The Platinum Card® from American Express

Link:   The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Effective February 1, 2018, AMEX Platinum cards will no longer earn 2X AMEX Membership Rewards points on Uber spending.  The language hasn’t changed in the terms yet, but it should soon.  Thankfully, cardholders will still get the $200 in yearly Uber credit (divided up monthly).

This is definitely a negative change, but it’s not the end of the world.  Even if the AMEX Platinum cards weren’t losing this bonus, there are still better cards to use for Uber rides.

For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred earns 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel purchases, including Uber.  And the Chase Sapphire Reserve earns 3x Chase Ultimate Rewards points with Uber.  Because I value Chase Ultimate Rewards points more than AMEX Membership Rewards points, I think these cards are better options for your Uber expenses.

Bottom Line

Effective February 1, 2018, AMEX Platinum cardholders will no longer receive 2X AMEX Membership Rewards points on Uber purchases.  You will still get the $200 in Uber credits every year (divided up monthly).

But once you’ve used that benefit, I would recommend paying for Uber with a different card, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which earns 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel, including Uber.  And ya’ll know how much I love Chase Ultimate Rewards points!

Which card do you use the most for Uber rides?

Jason Stauffer was a writer for Million Mile Secrets where he covered points, miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels and general travel. His work has appeared in The Points Guy and NextAdvisor.

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