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How To Use Uber Credits In 2022

Last updated: January 3, 2022
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Uber allows you to pay for rides and delivery with notable credits, called Uber credits or Uber Cash.

You can purchase these credits or get them for free, and they never expire.

Read on to learn how to obtain and use Uber credits.

What Is an Uber Credit?

An Uber credit is a monetary amount credited to your Uber account.

You can use this credit to pay for rides or deliveries on Uber Eats, either partially or fully.

If you have Uber credits, your credit balance will show as a payment option when ordering a ride or food.

On the app, Uber credits will show up as “Uber Cash.”

How Do I Get Uber Credits?

There are several ways to add Uber credits to your Uber account.

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The easiest way is to purchase them is by using your credit card, debit card, or another payment method.

However, you may also add credits to your Uber account with an Uber gift card, whether you purchased it yourself or received it as a present.

You may also acquire an Uber voucher from your employer instead of an Uber gift card.

In addition, you can get Uber credits on Uber Eats with the Uber referral program.

By sharing a special code with your friend, you can earn credits when they sign up for an Uber Eats account and place an order.

Another way to get Uber credits is through support interactions.

Sometimes, if you’ve had a bad experience with an Uber ride, Uber may issue you credits as compensation.

ou can then use those credits for an Uber ride.

You can also earn credits if you have an Amex card.

Amex Platinum cardholders get $200 in Uber credits every year.

Furthermore, they get automatic Uber VIP status.

Uber VIP riders enjoy special discounts and perks.

Amex Gold Card members, on the other hand, only get $120 in Uber credits per year.

Other credit card companies, like Capital One, give you cashback on purchases on Uber.

However, that cashback won’t typically be redeemable as Uber credits.

Uber used to offer an Uber Visa Card (later the Uber Credit Card) that allowed you to earn cashback on Uber rides and redeem them as Uber credits.

However, applications are now closed, and you can no longer become an Uber Visa cardholder.

Uber will be transiting Uber card owners to the Barclays Visa Card.

If you are an existing Uber Visa cardholder, transfer the credits you earned to your Uber Cash balance before the transition date.

How to Buy Uber Credits

The easiest way to purchase Uber credits is to do so in the app.

Depending on your location, you may get a discount when you buy more credits in bulk.

  • Start by opening the app.
  • Click on the menu at the top of your screen.
  • Tap on “Uber Credits” or “Uber Cash.”
  • Select an amount of Uber Cash to purchase.
  • Use one of your available payment methods to pay for the credits.
  • If you want to refill your Uber credits balance automatically when your balance is low, toggle on the “Auto-Refill” option.
  • Confirm your purchase.

Can You Buy Uber Credit for Someone Else?

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There are two ways to purchase Uber credits for someone else.

The first way is to buy an Uber gift card and send it to someone.

They can then load that gift card on their account in exchange for credits.

Both digital gift cards and physical cards are available.

You can buy them online or at select retailers.

Both businesses and individuals can purchase gift cards.

You can even buy a physical gift card for yourself with cash if you want to exchange your money for Uber credits.

When you buy a gift card, you will pay upfront for the entire amount on the gift card, and whether the recipient later uses it all or not is irrelevant.

The second way to purchase Uber credits for someone else is to send them an Uber voucher, which they can use for any Uber service.

Uber vouchers are available to employers, event organizers using Uber for events, businesses, etc.

For example, you can send a voucher to employees to pay for their transportation costs.

Or, you can send event attendees vouchers, so they can order food on Uber Eats.

Unlike an Uber gift card, you only pay for what the voucher recipients use.

For example, if they only use $50 of a $100 voucher, you will only pay $50.

How to Check Uber Credits

You can check your Uber credits balance in the Uber app at any time.

Simply open the menu and find the Uber Cash option, which will show up in the main menu or when you click on Wallet.

From there, you can add credits at any time.

How to Use Uber Credits

Uber credits will automatically apply to your future orders, whether you are ordering a ride or food.

However, you can save them for later by selecting a different payment method.

How to Earn Uber Credits With Uber’s Referral Program

Uber Eats has a referral program that allows you to earn Uber credits, which you can then use when ordering food.

To start, open your Uber Eats app and tap on “Account.”

There, you will see an option that says “Get X Off Your Next Order,” possibly highlighted in green.

Click on it, and you will get a unique referral code you can share with friends or family.

You can share the referral code, along with a promotional text, directly to friends by clicking on the Facebook or Instagram icon or “More Options.”

When a friend opens an account and uses your code, they will get a discount on their first order.

You will also earn credits that you can use on future orders once they have completed their first order.

Restrictions may apply.

Uber itself does not have a referral program for riders any longer.

However, Uber drivers do have access to a driver referral program.

They can refer either drivers or riders, earning extra income when someone signs up with their referral code.

Does Uber Credit Expire?

No, credits do not expire on Uber. You can keep them for months or years.

However, you can’t convert your Uber Cash balance to another currency.

Can You Cash Out Uber Credits?

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No, you can not cash out Uber credits.

You can only use them to order services on Uber.

However, you can request a refund on purchased Uber Cash by reaching out to support.

Can I Transfer Uber Credits to Somebody Else?

No, Uber credits are non-transferrable.

However, you can order a ride or food for someone else using your Uber credits.

Uber allows you to order a ride for one of your contacts, and it will send them SMS updates when you do so.

You can also order food from a restaurant to their house.

Using Uber Credits on Uber Eats

Whether you are using Uber Eats within the main Uber app or in the separate Uber Eats app, you can use Uber credits on Uber Eats.

Can I Use Uber Credits on Uber Eats?

Yes.

If you load your Uber Cash balance on Uber, whether with a gift card or by purchasing Uber Cash upfront, you will be able to use that balance on Uber Eats orders.

It doesn’t matter if you are using Uber Eats within the main Uber app or not.

As long as you are signed in to the same account, your Uber Cash balance will be updated in the Uber Eats app as well.

How to Use Uber Credits on Uber Eats

Using Uber credits on Uber Eats is simple.

Simply place an order, and Uber will add your credits automatically when you check out.

If your balance doesn’t cover the order in full, you will pay the remaining balance with your default payment method.

You don’t have to pay for an order with Uber Cash.

However, you can save it for later and select a different payment method.

Troubleshooting: Uber Credits Not Working

If your Uber credits are not showing up in your account, make sure you’re signed in to the correct account.

You should also have another payment method added to your account as a backup option; otherwise, you may not be able to use your Uber credits.

If you are traveling to another country that uses a different currency, you may no longer be able to use the Uber credits you purchased in your home country’s currency.

Furthermore, if you are an Amex cardholder, you can only use your Amex Uber credits in the United States.

If you are in Canada, it might not work.

If you can’t top off your Uber credits balance, you should contact your credit card issuer to see if there is a problem with your card.

You might not have enough funds, or your card may be frozen or canceled.

Final Thoughts

Topping up your Uber credits balance is a great way to ensure you can always order rides, even if you run out of money on your main payment card.

Also, you may be able to get bonus credits when purchasing them in bulk, depending on your location.

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