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
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. Not only that, but at the end of the year, the Sapphire Preferred gives you a 7% bonus on all points earned that year, excluding the sign-up bonus, meaning you’re really earning 2.14 valuable Ultimate Rewards points for every dollar spent with them, and if you’re like me, your Uber bill can get kind of crazy some months.
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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