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Quick Points: Ride with Uber? Here's how to double-dip with Aeroplan and Marriott

Jan. 20, 2022
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Over the past 10 years, getting a ride in a major city has changed from hailing a cab on the side of the street to requesting a ride right from your smartphone. Apps like Uber and Lyft make it easier than ever to get a ride — and more rewarding too. In past editions of Quick Points, we've covered earning ride credit with Lyft and Marriott points with Uber, and today we're back with another tip.

Both Marriott and Air Canada have partnerships with Uber, wherein members can earn bonus points on premium rides and UberEats orders. The Marriott partnership is known more broadly stateside, but the Aeroplan partnership has largely flown under the radar thanks to some Canada-only restrictions for UberEats orders. That isn't the case for Uber rides, however.

Let's take a quick look at Uber and Air Canada's partnership and discuss how you can stack it with Uber Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy and a rewards-earning credit card. This "quad-fecta" effectively lets you quadruple-dip earning rewards on your everyday Uber rides.

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Earning Aeroplan and Marriott points on Uber rides

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Aeroplan members can link their accounts with Uber on Air Canada's website. That said, not all Uber rides earn Aeroplan points, and some earn more than others. Here's a quick look at how those rides earn points:

  • Uber rides to/from the airport in Canada and the U.S.: 1 point per 1 Canadian dollar spent
  • Premium (Comfort and higher) Uber rides anywhere in Canada and the U.S.: 1 point per CA$1 spent
  • Premium (Comfort and higher) Uber rides to/from the airport in Canada and the U.S.: 2 points per CA$1 spent

If you're based in the U.S., points being awarded in Canadian dollars actually works in your favor. At the time of writing, CA$1 is worth $0.80. This means you're effectively earning 1.2 Aeroplan points per U.S. dollar spent on Uber rides within the U.S., which I confirmed on an Uber Comfort ride in New York City last weekend.

On the other hand, you can earn Marriott Bonvoy points in a similar fashion on your Uber rides. Once you link your Marriott and Uber accounts, you'll earn 3 Marriott points per $1 spent on premium Uber rides in the U.S. Like Aeroplan, a premium Uber ride is considered an Uber XL, Uber Black, Uber SUV and Uber Comfort.

Stacking Aeroplan and Marriott bookings with a credit card

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As mentioned, I made a test booking in New York City. I spent roughly $16.50 on an Uber Comfort ride, which yielded 21 Aeroplan points and 50 Marriott Bonvoy points. I also charged the ride to my Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3 points per dollar on my ride, giving me 49 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. All of these stack with the Uber Rewards program, which awards 2 points per dollar spent on Uber Comfort rides.

With this in mind, I was effectively able to quadruple stack by earning Aeroplan, Marriott, Chase and Uber points on my ride. Here's a look at how much each of these earnings is worth per TPG's monthly valuations.

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ProgramPoints earnedValue
Air Canada Aeroplan21 points$0.31
Chase Ultimate Rewards49 points$0.98
Marriott Bonvoy50 points$0.40
Uber Rewards32 points$0.32 if used toward ride credit
Total value earned: $2.01

All in all, I got a $2.01 return on my Uber Comfort ride, equal to roughly 12.2% of the ride cost. This is a pretty significant points haul for such a small transaction. It shows how powerful stacking different promotions can be, and it can really add up on more expensive rides. This is especially true on premium airport rides, where you earn double the Aeroplan points.

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Bottom line

If you ride with Uber, make sure you link your Air Canada Aeroplan and Marriott Bonvoy accounts to your Uber account. Doing this will help you earn bonus points on premium rides and rides to the airport. Plus, when you pay with a card that earns bonus points on travel, you can maximize your earnings even further.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023