What Credit Card Should You Use With Uber?

by on September 1, 2013 · 12 comments

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TPG Twitter follower Ben tweeted me @thepointsguy about the best credit card to use with my favorite car service in order to secure the most points possible:

“What credit card should you use with Uber?”

One of my favorite travel apps is Uber, because it allows you to page private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone without having to wait out on the street and try to hail a cab or call a town car. The rates can be a bit more expensive than taxis, though still competitively priced, and the service is a godsend in cities where it can be difficult to find a taxi or at times of day when taxis are scarce. I can usually get taxis in NYC, but I find Uber to be uber-useful in other cities where taxis can scarce and expensive

Uber is a great travel app where you can request a car and it will be there within minutes.

Uber is a great travel app where you can request a car and it will be there within minutes.

When it comes to what credit card you should be using when paying for Uber, this is a very simple one. You should be using the Chase Sapphire Preferred card for a couple reasons. The main reason is because they classify Uber as a travel provider, which gets you double points, so you would be earning 2 points for every dollar spent with Uber.


The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card to use when it comes to Uber purchases.

On top of that, Uber is great abroad, such as in Paris, where it’s impossible to get a taxi sometimes, and with the Sapphire Preferred there are no foreign transaction fees, so all around I don’t really see many other cards giving the Sapphire Preferred a run when it comes to Uber purchases.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred, is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 spend in the first 3 months and the $95 annual fee is waived the first year.

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  • Fred

    Will ink bold work the same way?

  • Kevin

    I’m really surprised you still recommend Uber when they don’t give airline points like zTrip does. The zTrip app gets you 150 points US Air, Frontier, Delta, United or Southwest on every airport run.

  • thepointsguy

    Ink Bold doesn’t give 2x on travel- only hotels. SO you’d get 1 UR points vs 2.14 with Sapphire Preferred

  • thepointsguy

    Wasn’t aware of Ztrip- will check them out

  • Gregory Feczko

    A lot of people think getting a taxi in NYC from the airports is the cheapest way to go. Actually, getting a town car is less expensive, and ends up being the better way to go! This just makes getting those cars easier!

  • Wong foo

    Every single post is laden with and driven by credit card sign up commission. Disgusting.

  • Greg

    To Wong Foo: thanks but no thanks. If you don’t like it, don’t read! This is a profit-making website, not a hobby, and the content is meant for generating incoming for Brian.

  • Greg

    Generating income*

  • NguyenVanFalk

    zTrip only appears to work in Orlando, Tampa and Phoenix. Not cities where I imagine taxi availability is a huge issue.

  • aarjee

    Would you know if the Bank of America Travel Rewards cards treats Uber as a travel provider? Thanks!

  • Still Zoned


    £30 Off First Ride With UBER!!!

  • Daniel

    Über offers double MR points on all trips which, for me, is better value than Chase Sapphire’s UR points with Amex’s frequent transfer bonuses.

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