All You Need to Know about the Uber Gift Card

Could a few free rides on Uber be the perfect gift for someone you know?  If so, the Uber Gift Card could be just the thing for you!

A gift card is a great way to thank a friend for a favor, give a nice perk to a client or employee or show someone they’re special.

Since Uber is almost everywhere you’ll go, it’s a fantastic gift that pretty much everyone can get some mileage out of!

Where Can I Buy an Uber Gift Card?

Uber gift cards can be purchased online or in retail stores stores, and are sold in 35,000 chains nationwide. These include retailers like Kroger, CVS, Target, Sam’s Club and Walmart.

They can also be purchased online from websites such as Amazon, GiftCards.com, or directly from the rideshare giant itself through Uber.com. However, we recommend Amazon because it’s simple and easy.

Recommended Retailer: Amazon.com
Available Amounts: $25-200
Minimum Load Amount: Usually $25

If you buy directly from Uber, you’ll have a choice of purchasing a digital gift card or a physical one. If you purchase a digital one, you’ll be able to choose a design and message from among several designs.  Designs include a “Thank you” message, a “Congratulations” message, or a message of “Happy Birthday” or “I Owe You One”.

You can also purchase an Uber gift card for Uber Eats.  The gift cards are good for rides and food.  They are not, however, available for any other Uber service such as uberRUSH.

Related: Get $10 Off Your First Uber Eats Order With This Promo Code

However, as far as rides goes, they are redeemable for all of Uber’s various car services, including:

  • uberX
  • uberXL
  • uberSELECT
  • uberBLACK
  • uberLUX
  • uberSUV

How do I Redeem an Uber Gift Card?

To redeem a gift card, the recipient will simply enter the code shown on the card into their Uber app before requesting a ride or other service.

The cards are valid in any city where Uber operates in the country where the card was purchased.  Uber also says that the cards never expire so, your recipient can use it any time they wish.

To enter the card number into the Uber rider app, you would open the app and:

  1. Click on the three short lines in the upper left hand corner of the app – to open the app’s menu system;
  2. Click on “Payment”;
  3. On the payment screen at the bottom you’ll see a link that says “ADD PROMO/GIFT CODE”. Click on that and enter the code on the next screen (with no spaces).

Once you’ve entered a gift card into the Uber app, it will be used by default to pay for your next trip(s) until the balance is completely used.

You’ll be prompted to add an additional gift code or payment method before you request a ride if your gift card balance is less than the cost of your trip or when using a gift card to pay for an Uber Eats order.

An authorization may be made on that payment method, but it will be voided once the gift card is charged. Uber says that University campus cards can’t be used as an alternative payment method, so you’ll have to use a real credit or debit card.

Once a gift card is added to an Uber account, it can’t be transferred.

Gift card credits will apply to your next trip or Uber Eats order by default but you can select a different payment method before you make your request:

  1. Enter your destination
  2. Tap the credit card info at the bottom of the next screen
  3. If you have more than one profile, tap “Change payment method”
  4. Toggle “Uber Credits” to turn them off (credits will be turned off for that ride only)

How do I Purchase an Uber Gift Card Online?

The easiest way to purchase an Uber gift card is through the Uber app.  Just open the app, click on the three lines in the upper left hand corner of the screen and choose “SEND A GIFT”.  You can also purchase them online through Uber’s website.  These are the steps Uber will take you through in order to customize your card, as you like.  These steps work exactly the same in the app and on the web.

Step 1:  Who is the gift card for?  In this step, you will designate whether the card is for you or for someone else.  If it’s for someone else, they will ask for their name and your name.  The will address your recipient by the name you put here and they will let the recipient know it is from you by using the name you put here for yourself.

Step 2:  On the next screen, you’ll select whether you want to send the gift card as a digital card or a physical card.  The nifty thing about sending it as a digital card is that you can tell Uber exactly when you want it to arrive!  This means you can surprise your friend at exactly the right moment.

Step 3:  If you’ve chosen to send a physical card, in the next step Uber will give you one choice of design and ask you how much money you’d like to put on it.

If you’ve chosen a digital card, you will then be presented with a list of design and message choices.  Here is a screenshot of the current choices:

Step 4: Choose the Amount.  On the next screen you’ll be asked how much money you’d like to put on the gift card.  They have preset choices of $25, $50, $100 and $200.  You can also enter a custom amount.

Step 5:  Add a personalized message.  On this screen you’ll be able to add a message.  However, your message will be limited to just 250 characters – so keep it brief and sweet!

Step 6:  After you’ve added a message you’ll be taken to the scheduling screen where you can tell Uber when you would like your gift to arrive in your friend’s email box.  By default, you can select a date and Uber will choose the time.  Or, you can click, “Send at a Specific Time?” and put the exact time you’d like your gift to arrive.

The time of delivery feature is really cool.  Imagine knowing your friend is flying out of town and you want to give them a free trip from the airport to their hotel.  You can schedule the gift card to arrive, just as their plane lands!  What a nice surprise that will be for them!

Step 7:  Add your gift card to the cart, review your order and check out!

Although gift cards are a nice way to let someone know you’re thinking about them – if you don’t feel like going through all the steps of ordering one, you can still order up an Uber car for someone on your account, even if they’re at a different location.

Do Uber Gift Cards Work Like Uber’s Promotional Codes?

Thankfully no!

When Uber does a promotion, what most people believe the promotion says is something like, “Get $15 Off”.  People naturally think that means Uber will pay for $15 worth of rides whether it takes one or two or three trips to add up to $15.  They believe that if they take a ride that costs $5 and then a second ride for $10, that Uber’s $15 promotion will pay fully for both rides since they add up to $15 in charges. In this case, riders assume that Uber will pay $15 and that they’ll pay nothing for their first two trips.

But if they look closer they’ll see the promotion actually says, “Get $15 off Your First Trip”.  That means the $15 will only apply to the first trip they take after entering the promotion code into the app.  Instead of paying the full $15, Uber will only pay up to $15 on the first trip.  They will then pay nothing on any subsequent trip – even if the first trip fell far short of $15.  So, if your first trip is $5 and your second is $10, you will pay $10 and Uber will only pay the $5 for the first trip.

Uber has played so many promotional tricks with passengers that it’s understandable why people might be afraid there is some trick with the Uber gift card.  However, there is no trick.  If you give someone a $15 gift card – using the example above – Uber will pay the full $15 even if it’s spread across multiple trips.

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