Uber has announced a new loyalty program called Uber Rewards. Crucially, you can earn for Uber transactions, you get rebates and frequent Uber riders get better treatment.
The Uber rewards loyalty program in no way competes with the best luxury hotel loyalty programs which offer free upgrades, breakfast and more.
The program isn’t massively exciting and it isn’t fully rolled out yet. But it is better than nothing! If you aren’t already using Uber it is worth joining up. Use my promo code link to get a free ride. Uber says “Every time a new rider signs up with this invite code, they get a free ride (amount varies by location)”. So if you need a taxi anytime soon you may as well take advantage of this promotion.
Where Is The Loyalty Program Happening
Right now it is just in the New York City/New Jersey area; Philadelphia; Miami; Washington DC; Denver; Tampa; Atlanta; and San Diego with the rest of the US rolling out over the coming months. Uber will email you to let you know when your city gets added if you want.
Points-Earning and Redemption
You can earn rebates on Uber services in the U.S., it’s a point system but each point equals a penny with 500 points minimum to redeem.
UberEats and UberPool earns 1 point per dollar (1% rebate)
UberX, UberXL, UberSelect, WAV earns 2 points per dollar (2% rebate)
UberBlack, SUV, Lux earns 3 points per dollar (3% rebate)
Uber Elite Status
Uber will offer revenue-based elite status. There are 4 membership levels based on the number of points (which are based on spend) earned over a six month period. That period is based on when you join the loyalty program, with initial status based on prior six months’ activity.
Blue: General member
Gold: 500 points ($250 in UberX, $500 in UberEats, or combination)
Platinum: 2500 points ($1250 in UberX, $2500 in UberEats, etc)
Diamond: 7500 points ($3750 in UberX, etc)
Once you earn status you keep that status for the remainder of the 6 month qualifying period and for the next six month qualifying period.
The benefits of elite status are:
Gold: Waived $5 cancellation fee if you cancel a ride and rebook within 15 minutes (excludes UberPool) plus priority customer service.
Platinum: Lock in your price for a specific route, which you can change each month. If you go home to the office most, or home to the airport, then your office or airport rides will have a fixed price not subject to surges. Platinums also get priority at airports to get assigned to drivers faster.
Diamond: Dedicated customer service agents, surprise and delight upgrades from UberX to Black or Select cars, and a ‘Diamond’ option for UberX to get paired with top-rated drivers. It also includes waived delivery fee on 3 UberEats orders (up to $8 per order)every six months.
How about UberVIP?
Up to now, Uber’s elite level to date has been UberVIP. Frequent riders in some cities could request highly rated drivers, but it also means waiting longer in some cases for those drivers. American Express obtained this status for Platinum cardholders who link their cards to their Uber accounts.
That status doesn’t appear to go away with these changes, even though it’s largely duplicated by the Diamond level option.
Uber Vs Lyft loyalty program?
Lyft has also just announced a new loyalty program. Lyft is expected to integrate its credit card into the elite rails of its loyalty offering.
How can I make the most of my Uber Membership?
Let’s face it, the Uber loyalty program isn’t great, but it is better than nothing. To give it a boost, always use a rewards credit card so that you earn for spending on your credit card when you pay for Uber services.
If you are US based and need points, a brilliant way to load up on a massive bonus of points is outlined in our easy guide.
If you want to earn Southwest rapid rewards fast, here’s how my advice.
In the US AND the UK, American Express Rewards convert directly to airline miles. The FREE Amex Gold Card is an incredible deal with a huge free bonus of 22,000 Membership Rewards. You can apply for the US card right here. For the UK card, you will need to drop me an email for a link to get extra referral bonus points.
I also have the BA Premium Plus American Express Card which I use in the UK. I spend exactly 10,000 GBP on this card to spark a 2-4-1 voucher plus I get 1.5 Avios per 1GBP spent. If you drop me an email I can supply you with a referral to get an additional 1,000 Avios when you apply (which is currently 26,000 for the Premium Plus card including the 1,000 bonus and 6,000 for the standard free card).
Finally I use the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Credit Card which I also use in the UK. If you want to apply for this card and drop me an email, I can supply you with a referral to get you 33,000 Marriott Rewards if you spend 1,000GBP in the first 3 months of membership (3,000 more than usual), which you can also transfer to airline miles if you prefer.
Are there any other options?
I am an old-fashioned girl and particularly when I want an airport transfer, I don’t like waiting around and prefer to hve a smartly dressed person with a sign waiting for me. To that end, I always book my transfers with Blacklane airport transfers. They are particularly good when they are offering 15% or 20% Blacklane airport transfer promo codes. In fact, I often find that with the Blacklane discount code, that Blacklane comes in cheaper than Uber.
Blacklane also have a much, much better loyalty program. I collect Lufthansa Miles & More miles with my rides, although you can collect air miles with when you take their transfers including AsiaMiles, Finnair miles KLM Flying Blue miles and more. See this page on the Blacklane website to see which airline miles you can collect.
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