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Via The Points Guy, Uber riders in the US will soon be able to tip their drivers in-app!
Depending on your views about tipping, this new feature could be good or bad. But if you’re going to tip your Uber driver, being able to do so in-app will be much easier.
Here’s more about this news, and what it means for you.
Uber Adds In-App Tipping
As of yesterday, June 20, 2017, Uber riders in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston now have the ability to leave their driver a tip through Uber’s app. And Uber plans to roll out this feature nationwide by the end of July 2017.
In the past, Uber claimed to want to keep their service tip-free, so this option wasn’t available. But riders often tipped their drivers in cash anyway.
Whether this new feature is a positive or negative change is up for debate. But for folks who want to tip, it certainly makes it more convenient.
That said, Million Mile Secrets team members Jasmin and Harlan usually use Lyft instead, because they’ve had better experiences with them.
Harlan especially likes in-app tipping, because it’s good for the drivers!
Lyft has always allowed in-app tipping, and according to the Lyft drivers our team members have spoken too, they treat and pay their drivers better.
Earn Miles & Points for Uber Rides
For example, you’ll earn bonus points for Uber rides with cards like the:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent on travel)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve (3X Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent on travel)
- Citi Premier Card (3X Citi ThankYou Points per $1 spent on travel)
Remember, folks with The Platinum Card® from American Express get up to $200 a year in Uber credit!
Uber plans to roll out in-app tipping across the US by the end of July 2017.
Folks will likely have their own opinions about whether this is a positive or negative change. But it will certainly make tipping more convenient.
What do you think of Uber’s new in-app tipping option? Share your thoughts in the comments below!