Uber is one of the fastest-growing companies in the world, achieving record signup rates for both drivers and riders. It is backed by a war chest worth billions. Thanks to the high amount of Uber promotions, the company will likely continue growing quickly for years to come. But what exactly are these promotions that Uber is offering?
These promotions can be broken down into two parts: promotions for drivers, and promotions for riders. In an effort to get drivers onto the platform, Uber offers new drivers massive sign-on bonuses worth hundreds of dollars. To get new riders onto the platform, the company offers free ride credit good towards their first ride. These promotions have proved to be incredibly effective so far and played a massive part in Uber’s rapid growth.
The promotions that Uber is currently offering varies by city and changes often based on driver and rider demand. While we try to track these as accurately as possible, there is a chance that we may miss something. Please refer to the links to the official Uber website in the promotion description before signing up.
That being said, let’s take a look at each promotion in more detail.
Current Uber Driver Promotions
Uber is offering drivers a few different promotions to recruit and retain them on their platform.
New Uber Driver Sign-On Bonus
When you sign up as a new Uber driver, you can get a massive cash bonus. This new driver bonus is hands down the most lucrative Uber promotion to date and is pretty easy to get if you plan on driving for the service.
In order to receive your cash bonus, you have to meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Pass the mandatory background check
- Meet Uber’s insurance policy
- Have a clean driving record
- Have a post-2005 four-door vehicle in good condition
- Have a smartphone
- Take at least 25 trips in the first 30 days
Once you are hired as an Uber driver, simply provide at least 25 rides within the first 30 days of your employment. This will be easy, especially if you live in a larger metropolitan area, such as Los Angeles or New York. Once you’ve claimed the new Uber driver bonus, you can keep driving and making money, in addition to taking advantages of the next bonus: Hourly Guarantees.
At the beginning of 2016, Uber announced that they would cut rates in over 100 US and Canadian cities. Uber reasoned that higher demand meant that drivers would see an influx of money, so it would be okay to cut prices. Since different states and cities had different demographics, the price cuts varied in different cities. But Uber misjudged. After the influx did not occur, Uber introduced guaranteed hourly earnings.
Guaranteed hourly earnings are what Uber thinks you should make per hour. If you fall short of your guaranteed hourly earnings, Uber will pay you the difference if you adhere to the following requirements:
- Accept a minimum amount of 90% trips you are offered
- Meet the average number of trips per hour block
It is important to remember that hourly guarantee rates are calculated before Uber takes their 20%. So, if you have a $20 per hour guarantee, you take home only $16 per hour.
Refer New Drivers
Getting paid for referring new drivers is another promotion that Uber is currently running, and is a great way for drivers to make extra cash. The new driver needs to use your referral code at signup, then you both will get a cash bonus once they complete the required number of trips.
The cash bonus varies based on the city and time of signup. The fewer drivers available translate to a higher bonus to recruit more, and vice versa.
Your referral code will not expire, so you can continue to market the code for years on end. While these bonuses may not seem like a whole lot right off the bat, they can certainly add up.
There are a few ways that you can market your referral code. A popular way is putting it on social media or through word-of-mouth with family and friends.
But please note that there are a few places you cannot share your referral code. These include paid ads such as Google Adwords or Facebook ads. If Uber finds you sharing the code on these outlets, they can, and will, end your account. Be careful when sharing and signing up other drivers.
Refer New Riders
New Uber riders have the chance to get free ride credits with the passenger referral program. The passenger referral program begins with an Uber driver. An Uber driver will create a personalized referral code for a free ride that has at times been worth to up to $20. Once the Uber driver has their personalized referral code, they have the opportunity to share it with anyone they want to.
Most people share it with their friends, family, and co-workers, as well as posting it on social media. Whoever comes across the passenger referral code can use it, regardless if you are the driver or not. Once someone uses your passenger referral code, you will be credited $10 in ride credits. Like every Uber referral program, there are terms and conditions:
- Only a select amount of cities participate in the Uber passenger referral program
- Passenger referral codes only work for new accounts
- The person using the passenger referral code must enter the code prior to booking their first ride
- The free ride credit is only good for up to $10
- $2 off each of your first 5 rides with Uber (New Users Only – $10 Value)
- You cannot transfer the ride credit
- Ride credits are only valid for the first 30 days
Overall, the $10 ride credit for new Uber customers, and the $30 ride credit for Uber drivers, can be extremely useful.
Uber Rider Promotions
Now that we’ve covered current Uber promotions for drivers, let’s take a look at the promotions available to riders. Like their current driver promotions, Uber is offering free ride credits and other related promotions to new users in an effort to grow their rider base.
Uber Codes for New Users
New user promo codes can come from various sources, but the best promo codes come directly from Uber. Currently, Uber is offering a promo code that gives users $2 off each of your first 5 rides with Uber. Like other Uber offers, this promo code comes with the following terms and conditions:
- Prior to requesting your first ride, type the phrase, “WINTER36” into the promo code option
- This offer can only be used on your first Uber ride
- The promo code is only valid in the United States
- The promo code is only worth up to $10
- Like other promotions, this offer cannot be redeemed for cash
A $10 ride credit can get you pretty far, so be sure to use it before it expires. If you want to see how far the Uber promo code will get you, check out our cool Uber ride fare estimator:
Uber Promo Codes for Existing Users
Although it may seem as if Uber only gives promo codes to new users, this isn’t the case. There are a few ways that existing Uber users can earn free rides. Firstly, you could always ride with a friend who is using a free ride credit. If your friend happens to be a new Uber user and plans to use a new user promo code, simply tag along with them. Barring that, there are plenty of ways to get free credit even if you are not a new user.
The first place to search for a promo code for existing users is Uber’s website. Uber regularly introduces new promo codes, especially when the seasons begin to change, and around the holidays. Currently, Uber does not have any available promo codes for existing users. But, it’s about to be summer, so it would be smart to regularly check their promo page.
The last popular way to get an Uber promo code as an existing user is to obtain a personal code and share it with friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers. In order to do this, create your personalized promo code on Uber’s website or app. When family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else uses your personalized promo code, they get a free Uber ride credit in their account. You also get a free ride credit for referring them.
Uber Partnership Promotions
You don’t have to be a driver or a frequent passenger to become involved with Uber. Uber offers partnership options for one-time events, as well as ongoing partnerships with businesses. If you are hosting an event, you can partner with Uber and they will give you a custom Uber promo code for you and your attendees. The following is a list of the terms and conditions of the event Uber promo code:
- The promo code is worth a maximum of a whatever the ride credit amount you settle on is
- The offer cannot be redeemed for cash
- The promo code can only be used for first-time Uber users
- The offer is valid only for the day of your event
The event promo code can be useful for guests who have had a few drinks or are too tired to drive home. If you are interested in partnering with Uber for an event, visit this link to learn more about a personalized uber referral code.
The second type of partnership that Uber offers is an ongoing partnership with businesses. Since the terms of the partnership vary according to the size of the business, and other factors, Uber doesn’t have a public general list of what ongoing partnerships typically entail. But, there are a few things we do know about Uber ongoing partnerships.
Uber is open to partnering with various sized business in a variety of niches, specifically those in the following demographics:
- Event organizers and promoters
- Food and beverage
- Professional organization
Uber looks for potential partners who host events throughout the year, where Uber can be featured. Uber’s partnerships range from partnering with YouTubers and social media influencers to partnering with large businesses. The following are examples of businesses who have ongoing partnerships with Uber:
- InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG): Towards the end of 2015, the Intercontinental Hotels Group announced that they were partnering with Uber, and their combined service would begin in early 2016. Basically, if you are an active member of the InterContinental Hotels Group’s loyalty program, IHG Rewards Club, you gain points when you use Uber. Uber even gives a $10 ride credit promo code for new users, who are members of the IHG Rewards Club. Also, when you use the promo code, you get 2,000 IHG Rewards Club points, which count towards a redeemable future stay at any IHG hotel in the world.
- The University of Maryland: In the middle of 2015, Uber announced that they were partnering with the University of Maryland to help promote innovation and entrepreneurship within college students. Uber gave the university $25,000, which went to the co-working space, which is run by students, called the Startup Shell. From 2015 to 2017, Uber has committed to award investor grants to companies that students from the University of Maryland created.
- Xchange Leasing: Xchange Leasing is actually an Uber program with various partners. When Uber first opened, many people wanted to drive for Uber, but they didn’t have a car. So, in the summer of 2015 Uber announced their new leasing program, Xchange Leasing. Toyota, GM, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, VW, and Chrysler partnered with Uber to give new Uber drivers purchase new cars at a discounted price. Uber drivers also have the option to lease a vehicle through Westlake Financial Services, at a lower price. Finally, if Uber drivers want to just rent a car where they will be driving, instead of leasing or purchasing one, they can rent through one of Uber’s rental partners, such as Flexdrive.
Uber Developer Program
If you are interested in partnering with Uber and have your own app, you can join their developer program. You will use Uber’s API to integrate their service into your app.
For every new Uber user who originates through your API integration and accepts their first trip, you will get paid $5. For more information, continue below to read some of the program’s terms and conditions:
- Your user referrals are tracked by your Client ID.
- You will only get paid if the person signs up, to Uber, from your API integration.
- You are eligible for a cash payment when you have acquired a minimum of $250 in referral fees.
- Payments are sent once a month.
- You can only earn a maximum amount of $5,000 in referral fees. After you have made the maximum amount, you may have the option of becoming a partner, which unlocks the ability to earn even more money by promoting the service
Overall, if you are looking to earn some extra income, and you have an app or even a simple partnership idea, joining Uber’s developer program is a phenomenal way to achieve this.
If you choose to drive for Uber, you are likely to make more money than the typical taxi driver, and by customizing your own promo code, you can make even more. While most companies only offer incentives for their employees or customers, Uber ensures that everyone involved in their company is completely satisfied. Which is why they provide customer promo codes, which includes free ride credits. That’s also why they offer short-term and long-term partnerships to virtually everyone and any business. So, with so many opportunities as an employee and customer, at Uber, what are you waiting for?