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A couple weeks ago, I wrote that Uber was offering $20 in free credits off their first ride to new members. The original offer was only good through January 20, but Uber just announced that it had been extended through January 31, so if you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time.
This is my referral link, so if you take a ride, I’ll also get $20 in credits. If you’ve never tried Uber, now is a good time. Just make sure you are fully aware of minimum charges and increased rates during surge pricing times – which Uber has gotten a lot flak for since some press has called it price-gouging and I’m not thrilled about it myself. However, it’s still my go-to car service, even over plentiful taxis for several reasons. It’s extremely 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.
It looks like you can get an additional $20 off an UberX or Uber Black ride with the promo code KALEB. According to the reader comment below, once you sign up for Uber and are logged into your account, go to the promotions tab and add in the code KALEB. This promo is valid in the US only until August 2015.
I also like that 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.
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