$25 Free NYC Taxi Ride + $10 Sign Up Bonus With Uber

by on September 5, 2012 · 25 comments

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Uber is a great app that allows you to summon private cars and taxis from your smartphone. This can come in handy when in cities where its difficult to hail a cab (ah, hem Paris), or when it’s raining and finding one on the street can be a challenge (NYC). Ive used it a couple times in NYC and found it to be competitively priced and convenient- especially since it automatically bills your (points earning) credit card and gratuity is included. You don’t have to argue with a driver that really wants you to pay in cash, which happens all too often in my experience.
Uber also allows you to reserve NYC taxis as well and for the next week they are giving everyone one free taxi ride, up to $25.

“How it works:
- Free TAXI week will be available in NYC starting today, Wednesday (until Wednesday September 12th).
- At the end of your ride, the driver will input the meter fare into the driver application. 20% gratuity will be automatically added to the fare.
- The free ride is up to $25. The remainder will be charged to your credit card on file.
- During Free TAXI Week, the TAXI option will only be available for one trip.- You must select TAXI icon in the app to get your free ride. Otherwise you could be requesting a luxury Uber black car – not too shabby, but not free either so be careful when requesting!”

If you don’t have an Uber account, you can use my link to sign-up and after you take your first ride we both get $10 in Uber credits. I doubt the free taxi ride will trigger the $10 credit, but you never know! Feel free to post your referral sign-up link in the comment section below and support other TPG readers by using their links.

I’m actually in NYC this week so plan on taking advantage of this free offer- especially since the promo coincides with Fashion Week, when all of the fashionistas hog NYC taxis! Remember to store your Sapphire Preferred card as your primary card since black car/taxis count as travel and qualify for 2 points per dollar spent, plus the 7% annual dividend.

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  • PJ

    TPG is right and Uber DC is amazing. No more sleazy DC taxi cab drives. $10 for me and you.

  • Jo

    “Reserving” NYC yellow cabs just seems so….. wrong! Takes away the excitement and challenge of the battle!

    Oh, and nice job sneaking in a Sapphire link. Wouldn’t want a post to sneak by without it. ;)

  • thepointsguy

    Hah its not a sneak in… its the best card to put taxis/cars on for 2.14 points per dollar!

    I agree about taking the thrill out of the hunt.. but have you tried getting a taxi at 430pm in the rain on a weekday recently?!

  • Btoll

    I would need a taxi from Lga to the JFK this friday. Anybody know if it is possible with this deal and how much it could cost? I could use link, but how I could post my link after signing up? Thank you

  • Scott

    looks just like London’s Hailo, which is also great….

  • Jo

    Actually, I live in the city and can count on one hand the number of times per year I take a cab. Too expensive, and unnecessary for most trips. Subway for me.

    And now I have an ethical bone to pick with was pretty underhanded how they got rid of posting the fares on the door, right before a fare hike was about to take effect!

  • Kurt Gonska

    You should get the $10 credit from your referrals even after just the free ride. At least I did in Chicago. Sign up using my link to get your $10 credit now:

  • Jaystarjo

    Just curious why you removed my previous comment. I was truly just trying to make sure that there were no hidden fees – I’ve been burned before by things like that.

  • Jane

    TPG, is this free ride promo posted somewhere on their site? How do we verify this promotion exists? I like to trust, but verify ;)

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  • Austin

    Uber is a great service. I’ve used it in NYC and San Francisco. I also found out that the Uber drivers rate passengers and can choose to pick up based on rating. Everyone starts at 5 stars (max) though.

  • Mandrake

    Used it in DC and loved the service.
    Use my link for a $10 Uber credit:

  • Maxim

    I used Uber last week (black car) when they had free $40 promo to go from Bryant Park to LGA. There was a bit of traffic and fare came to $64. The breakout was following:

    Base Fare: $7
    Distance: $29 (8.78 miles)
    Time: $22 (there was some traffic)
    Queens Midtown Tunnel ($6.50)

    my link is

    I thought the ride was good, but too expensive.

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  • Mindray

    Just signed up. Thanks TPG!!!

    Please use my new link:

  • Stephen

    You can estimate mileage and cost with the rates posted here:

    They seem to be going back and forth on whether Manhattan to LGA is a flat rate or not. It originally was not, then was, and now appears that the flat rate is only for EWR/JFK. Fine by me, as I’ve found the flat rates to be more expensive in both NY and Boston.

  • Drew Jolesch

    I’ve used it in Dallas, TX. It is currently in a soft opening, but if you have an account and the app you can use it in Dallas. Sign up here!

  • Crlvgl

    Thanks Brian! Used your link. And here’s mine: Thanks everyone!

  • heatheresq

    How can we be sure about that first free ride ($25). I just signed up using TPG’s link and it just says that I have a $10 credit in my acct.

  • Kaiserg13

    Here is my referral link if anyone would be so kind to use it! Thanks

  • Guerro

    “flat rates to be more expensive…”
    unless you are stuck in traffic, then flat rates can be a wallet saver.

  • Guerro

    looks like this is not going to happen:

    NYC Taxi commission has blocked Uber from processing taxi payments.

  • Jaan_NYC

    I’ve found Uber reliable. And you’re likely to be targeted with some good promotions while the service is still new. My last ride – up to $40 – was free as part of a recent promo. I’ll be using the $25 promo this weekend.

    The following link will give new joiners a $10 credit instantly and has no expiry date:

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  • Anacleto Bristol

    The promocode “UberComps” will get you a $10.00 credit if you’re a 1st time user of the service.

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