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New Uber Members Get $45 Credit

by on March 14, 2014 · 15 comments

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Just in time for the weekend – if you sign up for a new Uber account, you could start off with up to $45 in credits. When you sign up through my referral link, you get $20 in credit for your first ride to start you off (I also receive $20 in credit).

Screen shot 2014-01-21 at 11.51.15 AMThen once you have created an account, log in and go to the go to the Promotions tab at the top of the page, and enter the promo code Hipmunk, which will automatically register you for another $25 off your first ride by May 1, 2014.

Uber is one of my all-time favorite travel apps because it allows you to hail private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone without having to wait out on the street and try to snag a taxi or call a town car. Rates can be a bit more expensive than taxis, so just be sure you are aware of minimum charges and increased rates during surge pricing times – which Uber has gotten a lot bad press for (some have called it price-gouging, and I resent it, too!). However, it’s still my go-to car service, even over plentiful taxis for several reasons. It’s easy to locate nearby vehicles, it gives you the option of choosing between low-cost UberX cars (which actually just lowered fares in 16 markets) and SUV’s when riding with a group of friends, the vehicles are kept to a high standard of cleanliness, and drivers are generally very courteous.

One of the things I like best about Uber is that all your ride receipts are automatically billed to the credit card on file (I use my Sapphire Preferred for 2.14x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent since Uber counts as a travel category merchant), gratuity is included, and receipts are emailed to me automatically, which makes it easy to keep track of expenses. Plus, in some cities, not only can getting a taxi be impossible, but where taxi drivers refuse to accept anything but cash, it can be super-useful to have Uber at your service so you can pay using your credit card instead.

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The service is now available in 32 countries and dozens of cities (it was great to be able to use it in Melbourne and Sydney), and it’s expanding all the time, so it quickly became one of my go-to travel services. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time to take it out for a spin – especially since you’ll have $45 in credit to do so.

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  • nrdk

    Any idea what the expiration is on this?

  • trulyshyazn

    The $25 hipmunk referral code expires 5/1/2014

    Enjoy $25 off your first Uber ride from Hipmunk! (new users only, excludes taxi, valid US only, expires 5/1/2014)

  • jreed

    Why do you resent peak-load pricing? Do you also resent your airplane tickets costing more in the summer and less in the winter?

  • salamacuse

    try GETT – a similar app but FLAT RATE pricing! Only in NYC right now but cheaper than uber and just as good – if not better.

  • slickdeals

    From slickdeals on 3/12… Uber has emailed us and said that posting these codes are against their terms of service and that they will not be honoring these credits. We’re sorry about the inconvenience. -papasteves02

  • Scott C

    please feel free to use my referral if you need to sign up::

    https://uber.com/invite/qpos1

  • Gene

    I recently signed up with Uber from Europe, where I live,. and received confirmattion of $25 credit. Used Uber for first time in Boston and credit denied. Response to my query was that credit is only usable in Europe if that is where I signed up. Doubt if I will use them again.

  • AmyP

    Tried the Hipmunk promo code and got the following error….

    Promotion has a redemption limit and too many users have entered the code

    Just FYI

  • Danny

    Agreed. Surge pricing is logical.

    When you have high demand for a fixed amount of cars/taxis, one of two things can happen:

    A: The price stays at normal, and it’s nearly impossible to find one. This is the case for taxis in NYC in any peak time – it takes FOREVER to get a cab.

    B: The price rises with demand, and the people who are willing to pay the most (or need it the most) get a car. Costs more but there’s no wait and cars are allocated to those willing to pay the higher price. This is the case with Uber.

    Both schemes have their place, and neither is morally superior.

  • Steve

    Feel free to use my link! Thank you!

    https://uber.com/invite/0r6e7

  • shay peleg

    My tickets cost the same in the summer , and the winter because i use miles

  • shay peleg

    but , then again i would also argue new york taxis are too expensive during off peak

  • gpks00

    Here is my link for the next person.

    https://uber.com/invite/opo82

    Thanks

  • JARED

    $30 FREE PROMO CREDIT

    CODE: YG9ZR

    EXPIRE 4/2/14

  • rideguy

    hi, for those in Singapore area, try the code ‘uberkenchia’ for the free $20!

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