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Whether you’re riding in style with Uber Black or sharing your trip with UberPool, there’s never a bad day to receive a good discount. Lucky for you, there are endless Uber promo codes, referral codes, and other ways to save on your next ride.
Uber coupon codes are scattered throughout the internet, encouraging new riders to join the platform with as much as $25 off rides. However, finding the perfect one to use can be tricky — and the best discounts for existing users can be even harder to find. To save you the hassle of researching top coupons for your next Uber trip, we’ve compiled the best opportunities to save in this guide.
- Uber Promo Codes for New Users
- How to Apply Uber Codes
- Uber Promo Codes for Existing Users
- More Ways to Save
- Frequently Asked Questions
Uber Promo Codes for New Users
Getting a large amount of money off your first ride — or even getting your first Uber ride free — is always possible for new customers. As mentioned, Uber discount codes are posted online, and you probably have at least one friend or family member who has a referral code you can share.
**Please note: this promo is only for new users, and after you claim this promotion, you’re considered an “existing user.” Don’t fret: There are still a variety of creative ways you can earn free ride credits even if you aren’t a new customer.
To speed up the process and save on your first trip faster, here are some of the best promo codes we’ve found that are active as of early 2020:
|Lyft Promo Code||Promotion Amount|
|NEWRIDER25||Receive $2.50 off your first 10 rides ($25 total credit)|
|NEWRIDER18||Receive $3 off your first six rides ($18 total credit)|
|NEWRIDER16||Receive $4 off your first four rides ($16 total credit)|
|NEWRIDER15||Receive $5 off your first three rides ($15 total credit)|
|milianap3ue||Receive $2 off your first three rides ($6 total credit)|
|emilyl12144ue||Receive $2 off your first three rides ($6 total credit)|
|brettm990||Receive $2 off your first three rides ($6 total credit)|
Uber is giving you the choice. You can earn up to $25 off your first rides if you spread that out over your first 10 trips, so if you plan on using the app a lot, that is the best way to save. If you aren’t sure and want some serious savings quickly, you can get $5 off your rides with the first option. For short trips, that can work out to a full free Uber ride. You get to look at the total offers available, and then choose which is the best discount code for you.
How to Apply Uber Codes
While the Uber promo codes for new users listed above don’t technically have expiration dates, we recommend activating them as soon as possible. Uber can pull a promotion at any time, so it’s better to get the offers you want now rather than letting the discount slip away.
1. Open the Uber app.
2. Tap the menu icon on the upper left-hand corner of your screen.
3. Select the “Wallet” tab from the app menu.
4. Scroll down and tap “Add Promo Code”.
5. Enter your desired Uber promo code in the space provided and tap “Add”.
Uber Promo Code Alternatives for Existing Users
While Uber’s food delivery service offers plenty of Uber Eats promo codes, its rideshare service doesn’t offer any promo codes for existing users. Of course, that doesn’t mean no deals exist after your first-time user savings. Instead, Uber is simply more likely to apply promotions directly to all eligible accounts, limiting the time you spend searching through and trying out hundreds of active Uber promo codes.
The best way to ensure you don’t miss promotions on your Uber account is by staying subscribed to Uber’s promotional emails and keeping your phone’s push notifications on. Still, don’t expect these promotions to be constant. If you want ongoing opportunities to save as an existing user, check out these four excellent Uber promo code alternatives:
1. Uber Referral Program
Just as with hundreds of other apps in the gig economy, Uber has an active referral program that allows users to earn cash for successfully inviting their friends to join and use the smartphone app.
When a friend signs up with your promotion code, they’ll automatically receive $2 off their first three rides. As soon as the friend completes their first ride, you’ll get $5 Uber Cash, which can be spent on any Uber service (including Uber Eats), added to your account.
Exact reward amounts may vary in some locations. You can grab your Uber referral code and see exactly how much you can earn per customer by selecting “Free Rides” from your Uber app menu.
2. Uber Ride Pass
If you’re using Uber’s economy services several times a week, it may make sense for you to get an Uber Rewards instead of waiting for promotions to appear in your account. The Uber Ride Pass is a subscription program that gives you access to lower prices on UberX and UberPool requests for $24.99 per month. You can get up to 35% off your ride, even if surge pricing is active, though the maximum discount may vary by location.
To purchase your Uber Ride Pass, tap the “Ride Pass” tab on your app menu, and select “Get a Pass.”
3. Uber Cash
Uber Cash doesn’t have to be earned — it can be purchased at a discount, too. If you’re confident that you’ll use any Uber services in the future, it can pay off to reload your Uber Cash balance instead of paying for rides or meals with your credit card one by one. Here are the discounts you can get when you opt to reload (no Uber promo code needed):
- $25 Uber Cash for $24.50 (2% off)
- $50 Uber Cash for $48.50 (3% off)
- $100 Uber Cash for $95 (5% off)
If you’re interested in making the cost-cutting purchase, tap on the “Wallet” tab of your app menu and select “Add Funds” to choose your preferred deal. Uber Cash never expires, so you don’t have to worry about it disappearing if you use Uber sparingly.
4. Uber Rewards
Frequent Uber users in the United States may also find the rideshare company’s free rewards program to be incredibly helpful. Uber Rewards allows you to unlock unique membership tiers and benefits just by using some of Uber’s top services. You can earn:
- One point per $1 spent on UberPool, Express Pool, or Uber Eats
- Two points per $1 spent on UberX, UberXL, Uber WAV or Assist, Select, or Comfort
- Three points per $1 spent on Uber Black or Black SUV
Every Uber Rewards user starts at the Blue tier, which offers $5 in Uber Cash per 500 points earned. As you accrue more points, you can reach the following levels and receive additional money-saving benefits:
- Gold (500 points): Priority support and waived cancellation fees, as long as you rebook within 15 minutes.
- Platinum (2,500 points): Price protection (no surge) on your two most-used routes and priority airport pick-ups.
- Diamond (7,500 points): Premium 24/7 support.
To start earning points with this rewards program, simply tap “Uber Rewards” on your app menu, select “Join for Free,” and review and accept the terms and conditions. Uber Rewards points expire after a year, so if you don’t earn enough to unlock benefits, they do go away.
More Ways to Save
One of the biggest perks of using Uber is the generous amount of savings you can get just by having a credit card. The rideshare company has partnerships with a handful of credit card companies that allow you to rack up Uber credits without even opening the Uber app. Here are three of the best payment rewards programs offered by Uber:
1. Visa Local Offers
If you have a Visa credit or debit card that was issued in the United States, there’s a good chance that you qualify for Visa Local Offers. Unique to Uber, this program allows you to earn Uber Cash on purchases from eligible retailers, as long as you use the Visa card linked to your Uber account. These retailers vary by location but include local restaurants, Dropbox, KEEN, See’s Candies, Turo, and Shutterfly.
To activate Visa Local Offers:
- Make sure you have at least one Visa card listed as your payment method in the Uber app. You can view your payment methods by tapping the “Wallet” section of your app menu if you’re not sure.
- Open your app menu.
- Tap “Settings.”
- Scroll down to “Rewards” and select “Visa Local Offers.”
- Tap “Count Me In.”
2. Amex Platinum Benefits
Anyone who owns a Platinum Card with American Express is in luck. You don’t need any further requirements to get free Uber Cash rolling in. This American Express card hooks up riders with as much as $200 in ride credits each year.
As long as you’re located in the U.S., your Platinum benefits will get you $15 in Uber Cash every month. When December rolls around, you’ll get a $20 bonus on top of your $15.
3. Uber Credit Card
Much like many national retailers, Uber has created a credit card of its own. However, the Uber credit card can be used anywhere that accepts Visa — and has the potential to earn you an enormous amount of Uber Cash.
When you use your Uber Visa card, you can get:
- 5% Uber Cash back on any Uber service (this includes anything from Jump Bikes to Uber Eats)
- 3% Uber Cash back on restaurant, bar, hotel, and airfare purchases
- 1% Uber Cash back on any other purchases
- A $100 Uber Cash bonus if you spend $500 with your card in your first 90 days
This credit card has no annual fees and can get you phone repair discounts if you use it to pay your phone bill.
If you have any issues creating an Uber account, contact Uber’s support team.
Note: According to the official Uber site, there are a few things to note when using an Uber credit code:
- Valid promo codes will apply to your account. Please note that promo codes are automatically applied in reverse order. Your most recently added promo code will be applied to your current or next trip.
- To receive referral credit, share your personal referral code with friends who are new riders. Your credit will arrive after they take a first trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Finding and applying an Uber promo code is a straightforward process. However, if you still have questions, here are some answers to help you learn more about Uber promo codes:
1. Are there limits to what services I can use with my Uber promo code?
Sometimes. Uber usually has some limitations for its promo codes, and this frequently includes the type of services that qualify for savings. For example, some promo codes are only valid for UberX rides, while others may be eligible for any service except UberPool. If there are limitations, you can read about them at the bottom of your email or on the linked terms and conditions page.
2. Is there an expiration date for my referral bonuses?
Any ride credits you receive directly from referrals expire 60 days after they’ve been applied to your Uber account. Your $5 credit is automatically applied after the person you refer takes their first ride.
3. Can I get free ride credits for referring Uber drivers?
Your rider referral code is not valid for referring drivers and you won’t earn anything for encouraging a driver to join the platform. Only current Uber drivers are eligible to earn from Uber driver referrals. This policy is notably different from Lyft’s, which allows riders to use their Lyft referral code to invite both drivers and passengers.
4. How Far Does an Uber Promo Code Get You?
There’s no way to tell you exactly how far an Uber promo code will get you, because promotion amounts vary by time and city. However, this amount will help cover a portion of your next ride if you’re taking a simple inter-city trip.
Want to see how much your Uber ride will cost before you ride? Input your starting and ending destinations into our free Uber fare pricing estimator below and it will automatically calculate the cost of the ride. Then you may see how your promo code will discount your ride.
Stock Up on Uber Cash and Savings
Uber has numerous opportunities for both old and new riders to save — and sometimes, even enjoy free Uber rides. While you won’t get any Uber promo codes beyond the one you use for your first ride, Uber offers enough discounts, cash back opportunities, and other perks to keep your wallet happy. You won’t exceed your budget if you wisely take advantage of Uber promotions to cut the cost of every ride.
Of course, Uber isn’t the only ridesharing platform that can help you save. As a rider, you can double up on savings by also using Lyft promo codes and getting the best deals from both companies.
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.