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Since 2014, American Express and Uber have had a partnership that allows you to earn bonus Membership Rewards for Uber rides, and also to redeem Membership Rewards points for Uber rides (at a value that I don’t consider to be especially good).
At a minimum, you’ve been able to earn an additional Membership Rewards point per dollar spent on Uber with any US issued American Express card accruing Membership Rewards points. This includes cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, etc.
A few months ago Uber launched their own credit card in conjunction with Barclaycard, and a lot of us have wondered what this means for their partnership with American Express.
Well, Travel With Grant notes that per his American Express card statement, US Amex Membership Rewards cards will no longer earn 2x Membership Rewards points on Uber rides as of February 1, 2018.
As of now, the Amex and Uber partnership page hasn’t been updated to reflect this, though presumably that will be happening shortly.
Personally I’m not impacted by this change. That’s because I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card linked to my Uber account, since the card offers triple Ultimate Rewards points on travel (including Uber), which is better than earning double Membership Rewards points. Alternatively, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offers double points on travel, so that’s a great choice as well.
My only hope is that Amex and Uber maintain the $200 annual credit offered with the Amex Personal Platinum Card. My guess is that when American Express negotiated that benefit they made sure they had a contract for at least a few years (given that it was the biggest benefit introduced as part of the card’s relaunch), so I doubt we’ll see it go anytime soon.