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April 25th marks the last day for new Uber users to earn a $20 free ride credit. This offer was supposed to end in January and was extended until now so we’ll have to hold out hope that it will be extended yet again.
This is my referral link, so if you take a ride, I’ll also get $20 in credits. Then 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 30, 2014 (it was originally through May 1, but was extended).
For all you Uber holdouts, now is a great time to try it thanks to the $45 in instant credit you get – and hey, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it, but might as well get some free rides out of it. Though I can’t imagine anyone not liking Uber except for its dynamic pricing which means rush hour rides cost a lot more than at other times.
Over the past year or so, Uber has become one of my top travel apps and my go-to car service, even in cities with plentiful taxis for several reasons. It’s easy to locate nearby vehicles, and 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 drivers are almost always exceptionally polite, the cars are clean, and it’s quick and efficient.
It’s easy to keep track of expenses since all 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) and receipts are emailed automatically. Plus, in some cities like Paris, hailing taxis can be impossible, so the convenience factor of being able to get a ride in cities where you have trouble getting a taxi can be amazing (and you never have to deal with a driver that wants you to pay in cash!).
All in all, Uber is one of my all-time favorite travel apps, and for you new users, having a $20 credit waiting in your account can be useful – especially when you’re somewhere where you can’t take a taxi and need a ride. Make sure you don’t miss out on the free credit and sign up on or before April 25th!