How to Get Free Uber Rides: 8 Ways to Get Uber Credits and Promo Codes

Wondering if it’s possible to get a free Uber ride? If you are a new rider, congratulations! Uber gives $15 off your first ride to all new customers. For existing Uber users, getting a free ride is a little bit harder. Be ingenious to get credits — make good use of Uber promo codes for existing users and follow these other tips below.

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  1. Your First Uber Ride Is Free
  2. Flat Rate Promos
  3. Friend Referrals
  4. Tag Along With a First-Time Rider
  5. Special Events Codes
  6. Be on the Lookout For Special Promotions
  7. Get Refunded For Your Grievances
  8. Maintain a High Passenger Rating

1. Your First Uber Ride Is Free

As mentioned earlier, Uber has been giving away a $15 credit for first-time users. This is a promotional tactic to get more people to use the service, and it’s one that everyone should take advantage of first. Here are some codes you can use to claim this credit:

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You can also Google “Uber promo code” and select one of the many codes that are available across the internet, or you can ask a friend who already uses Uber to send you their promo code. With this approach, both of you will earn some ride credit.

2. Flat Rate Promos

How would you like it if all of your Uber rides for a month were charged at the same flat rate? Having to pay, say, just $2.99 for each of your rides will save you some serious bucks.

Uber sometimes creates these kinds of deals at the beginning of the month. It helps the company ensure a steadier flow of revenue, while at the same time offering an attractive deal to you as a passenger.

The tricky thing is, these promos are often unannounced or sent to selected users only. To combat this, sign up on deal sites and turn on notifications for flat rate promos available in your city. Make sure to check online for this kind of deal by the first week of every month, as well as within your Uber account.

3. Friend Referrals

This method is not a secret, nor is it hard to do. Send out referral codes to friends or colleagues to earn Uber credits. There’s no limit to the amount of credit you can earn, so exhaust your contacts to rake in free credits!

In addition to sending the code to people directly, you can also post it on social media or even print the code out and leave it in public places (just be sure that the cost of printing isn’t more expensive than the value of the credit you’d earn).

To learn how to use your Uber promotion code, check out our complete guide to Uber promo codes for existing users.

Tip: You can customize your Uber referral code to increase the likelihood of your friends using it. See how to do this here.

4. Tag Along With a First-Time Rider

How to Get Free Uber Rides: Ways To Get Uber Credits and Promo Codes

If you are part of a large group with several new Uber users, you can take advantage of this very simple trick. Share your invite code with them, earn your free Uber credit, and then share the Uber ride with your friend. This is a serious win-win scenario. Not only does your friend get a free ride, but you also earn promo credit and ride for free, making the payoff even greater than a typical referral situation.

5. Special Events Codes

Be informed of public events in your city — concerts, music festivals, shows — because Uber usually gives out promo codes for these. If you’ve heard of a big event happening near your location, try to check their website for an Uber promo code. Holidays and other occasions are also a good time to take advantage of Uber codes. Do note that some of these promotions are only available to new users (especially ones at venues such as bars).

6. Be on the Lookout for Special Promotions

How to Get Free Uber Rides: Eight Ways To Get Uber Credits and Promo Codes

Uber provides good deals and codes to existing users from time to time. Your Uber app will usually display these deals through notifications, and you’ll sometimes receive notification of them by email (assuming you’re signed up to receive Uber marketing communications). Unfortunately, there is no proven method to attract these codes.

7. Get Refunded for Your Grievances

If you’ve had an unpleasant ride experience, you can contact Uber support and report unsatisfactory Uber rides. You can complain if your ride was unsafe, your driver took an impractical route, or if you had issues with other passengers in an UberPOOL ride. If your complaint is valid, Uber will give you free ride credit as compensation within 24 hours.

Note: This isn’t something we recommend doing just to get a free Uber ride. Only report valid complaints, and always contact 911 for emergencies.

8. Maintain a High Passenger Rating

While there’s no guarantee that this will work in all circumstances, we have seen Uber give discounted rides as a reward to passengers for having a five-star rating. Maintaining a perfect rating isn’t always possible, as sometimes your Uber driver may be in a bad mood or just clash with your personality.

Still, there are things you can control to help keep your rating as high as possible. Don’t do anything to distract or annoy your driver, make sure to respect their car, and be outside when your ride arrives. For more information, check out our guide to Uber passenger ratings.

Find More Ways to Earn Free Rides

Getting free stuff is always fun, and ridesharing services are no exception. These are a few ways to save a couple of bucks on your Uber bills so that you can ride more often for less money.

Curious how you can do the same for Lyft? Check out our list of current Lyft promotions. Want to know how you can earn credits as an Uber driver? We have a guide for that, too.

Which of these items are you currently doing to earn extra Uber credits? Do you have other tricks you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below!

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