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Who doesn’t use Uber these days? For those who use the app frequently, free rides and discounts can be difficult to come by, as coupons typically only apply to first-time riders. But as Uber continues to expand markets, modes of transportation and features, it’s also making it possible to request rides via other apps. So far, Uber has embedded itself in with other travel options – such as SPG and Capital One, among others. And now, it’s continuing its expansion.

The latest addition to the Uber arsenal is the Facebook Messenger app. In a news release, Facebook stated that users would be allowed to request a ride from the Facebook Messenger app without even leaving their current conversation. After downloading the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app, you’ll be able to select an address in conversation and request a ride. You can also tap the car icon or the more menu and select Transportation. From there, you can track the driver’s status and payment receipts via a private conversation with Uber.

Facebook Messenger users will be able to request an Uber ride right from their messaging app.

The best part about the new Facebook Messenger/Uber partnership is the free ride that comes with it. The first time you request an Uber ride directly from the Messenger app, you’ll be given a first ride for free – up to a $20 value – even for existing Uber users!

The service is currently in testing and is only available to select users in the locations where Uber operates in the US. It will expand to other countries and other transportation partners soon. If you don’t yet have an Uber account, sign up now to receive a free ride from TPG. You can then use the Facebook Messenger app for another free ride – but add your new rider credit first to make sure you take advantage of both discounts. Then, to maximize your return on future rides, be sure to use one of the 5 best credit cards for Uber and Lyft.

H/T: View From The Wing

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