$40 Towards Uber Car Service Plus 2x Points

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As much as I love terrible taxi experiences, given that they’re fun to share with you all, there is something to be said for having boringly efficient transportation.

Uber is one of those companies that definitely makes life better, particularly when dealing with airport transfers in foreign countries. I already think Uber is a good value for the convenience, but it’s even better when there’s a way to cut the cost down.

American Express is currently offering a $10 statement credit after your next Uber ride. This is valid for both new and existing Uber accounts through December 31, 2014, so everyone can take advantage of this.

How to get the $10 credit

This is very simple, even if you’re as technologically challenged as I am.

The $10 credit should show up on your statement, and Amex has been really consistent about posting similar credits in the past.

Get 2x points on Uber

My default card in my Uber account is the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, given it offers double points on travel. However, since June American Express offers 2x points on Uber rides when you use an eligible American Express Membership Rewards card.

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Eligible cards are the US-based Membership Rewards cards, which include:

So I would certainly look at syncing a Membership Rewards card versus another American Express if you can, though you won’t earn double points on the $10 that’s covered by the statement credit. Terms of course apply.

As a side note, you’ll also see the option to “pay with points” in the Uber app when using a Membership Rewards card. That’s not a value I’d recommend, given that you get one cent per Membership Rewards point towards the cost of an Uber.

$30 Uber referral credit

On top of that, Uber is offering a $30 referral credit, whereby both the person being referred and the person referring receive a free ride, up to $30.

So if you sign up for Uber now you will be given a $30 credit. You can sign up using my referral link or feel free to post your link below and people can sign up through there. Once you’ve signed up with a referral link you should immediately see the free ride in your account. That will automatically be redeemed when you take your first Uber ride.

Combine that with the statement credits from American Express, and you could be saving $40 off your next Uber ride!

Bottom line

I hate jumping through hoops, but this takes just seconds to set up, and is pretty much free money as far as I’m concerned.

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Comments

  1. One tip and something that I successfully performed, was to keep my Chase Sapphire as my default credit card for Uber rides and purchase a $25 gift card on Uber’s website with my AmEx after syncing it to the deal on AmEx website. I then loaded the gift card promotion to my Uber account and currently have a $25 credit, but for only out of pocket cost of $15 ($25 – $10 AmEx credit = $15). I received confirmation of the $10 AmEx credit within 10 mins of making the purchase with my synced card. This essential “extends” the deal beyond the 12/31/14 expiration date because I can use that $25 credit beyond 12/31/14.

  2. Ben, do you usually order Uber Black or Uber X cars? I’m planning to use Uber to get from Hollywood to LAX tomorrow morning, but will be leaving during the height of rush hour and am also concerned with surge pricing, about which I’ve read some horror stories (though they may have eliminated that).

  3. @Stuart Falk — Surge pricing still exists but it is usually more about when it is raining, a big event where lots of people take taxis (like New Years Eve), etc., not just normal rush hour. I think, though I am not sure, that the surge multiplier would be the same for both Uber and UberX when it is in effect, so I don’t think you could avoid it by going to the other service.

    If you are leaving from a hotel you may be able to just get a regular taxi from a taxi queue or calling for one if you try to use Uber and discover that surge pricing is on.

  4. You don’t even need a twitter account or sync your accounts. If you log in to your american express account via the web, you’ll see a tab towards the bottom that says “special deals for you” or something like that. If you click on that, you’ll see this deal and many others alike for different businesses.

    @Stuart – Uber has a fixed price rate from Hollywood to LAX via uber black, so traffic or not, it’ll be one fixed price. very reasonable as well.

  5. I think, though I am not sure, that the surge multiplier would be the same for both Uber and UberX when it is in effect

    Oh, no. The surge price is based on demand for the requested class of service. When it’s raining you can often see Uber-Black with no surge price and Uber-X at 1.5x or 2x such that Black is actually cheaper.

  6. I think, though I am not sure, that the surge multiplier would be the same for both Uber and UberX when it is in effect,

    It’s based on demand for the requested class of service. If it’s raining, for example, you can often find Uber-Black with no surge price but with Uber-X at 1.5x or 2x such that Black is actually cheaper.

  7. @ Stuart Falk — I mixed it up, all depends on the city. In some cities I find UberX is great, while in other cities all the UberX drivers seem to be brand new and get lost. In LA they’re usually pretty good, so I wouldn’t hesitate to use them.

  8. I’ve used UberX in San Diego and in Minneapolis and both were absolutely superb. Beats a taxi any day. The car in Minneapolis was exactly the same as UberBlack and half the cost. GREAT deal.

    For those looking to sign up, I love giving $30 credit towards a ride, so here is my referral link, and likewise appreciate the referral credit if you choose to use it!
    https://www.uber.com/invite/i2qed

  9. @Stuart Falk – Don’t worry too much about surge pricing in Los Angeles, especially if your alternative for getting to LAX would be to take a cab. I live in West Hollywood, and a cab to LAX is usually a little over $50 with tip. UberX is normally under $20! A couple of weeks ago I requested UberX early in the morning and was told it would be surge priced @ 1.75x. But even with the surge pricing, the ride only came to about $36.

  10. Hi Lucky,
    I used your link, and now have the $30 credit.
    The terms say, “free ride, up to $30”.
    -A trip to the Dulles for me is about $50. Would the $30 credit, bring this down to $20?
    Or can I not use it at all, since the $50 fee is above the $30 credit?

    Thanks!
    Shawn

  11. @Luis when enabling the 2x points with an American Express card does the uber charge on the credit card statement appear any differently than the charges before I enabled this feature?

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