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Don’t forget: You have one month to use up your Uber Rewards points

Oct. 01, 2022
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Mark Halloween night in your calendar and put a reminder on your phone. No, we're not talking about candy or costumes. Rather, it's the last night you have to use your Uber Rewards points before they disappear.

As TPG first reported earlier this summer, ride-hailing service Uber is phasing out the older of its loyalty programs, Uber Rewards, and concentrating on the Uber One program that launched last year. In fact, that transition has already begun in earnest: The end of August marked the end of customers' ability to earn points as part of the Uber Rewards program. However, Uber gave riders an additional two months, through Oct. 31, to redeem any remaining points.

With October now here, consider this your one-month warning that those points will disappear if not used.

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Transition away from Uber Rewards

Launched in 2018, Uber Rewards was the first mechanism by which Uber users could earn and redeem points and achieve elite status.

Uber customers could generally earn 1 point per dollar on Uber Eats purchases, 2 points per dollar on most standard Uber rides, like UberX and UberXL, and 3 points per dollar on Uber Black, Uber Black SUV and Uber Green.

Those points could earn you discounts and benefits at several other retailers like Starbucks and free or discounted Uber rides or Uber Eats deliveries. For instance, 2,000 Uber Rewards points is equal to a free $30 UberX trip.

Earning enough points during a set period of time could earn you elite status, which got you higher earning rates on points, and — at the program’s highest elite status levels — ride upgrades.

But in August, Uber announced it would end the Uber Rewards program, pivoting entirely to its pay-to-join program, Uber One, which does not have points or elite status but does include enhanced experiences for paying members.

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The Uber Rewards program technically ends on Nov. 1, but Aug. 31 was the last day to earn points in that program. So, if you have any unused points you'd like to redeem on an Uber ride or an Uber Eats order, you'll have until the end of the night on Oct. 31 to use them before they disappear.

Related: Earn Marriott Bonvoy points on Uber rides and food deliveries

A focus on Uber One

With this shift away from Uber Rewards, the company is putting its emphasis on Uber One, first launched in 2021.

The program is a membership fee-based program by which members pay a monthly fee and can then access benefits across the company’s platforms.

With a $9.99 monthly fee, Uber One members have access to unlimited free deliveries on Uber Eats orders and are eligible for as much as 10% off eligible deliveries and pickup orders. Uber One members also get 5% off rides and access to top-rated drivers on Uber.

Where Uber Rewards was a free loyalty program that in some ways behaved more like an airline loyalty program, where you unlock benefits through your loyalty, Uber One is more akin to a monthly club where you have access to immediate and tangible benefits by paying the monthly fee.

If you're a former Uber Rewards member who frequently took advantage of elite status benefits, this figures to be a disappointing shift, since you'll now have to pay a monthly fee to get a discount on your ride and you won’t earn extra rewards. Depending on how much you spend with Uber, this shift could represent a notable loss in value.

Remember that Lyft still lets you earn bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you pay with a participating Chase card and earn either Delta SkyMiles or Hilton Honors points on your ride.

That said, carrying the right card can offset that monthly fee entirely. For instance, cardholders of The Platinum Card® from American Express get up to $200 annually toward Uber — $15 per month and then an additional $20 in December — so you’d actually have about $5 in Uber Cash left over each month after paying your Uber One monthly dues. American Express® Gold cardholders also get $10 per month in Uber Cash. Enrollment is required.

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Bottom line

The beginning of October means we're in the final days of the Uber Rewards program. While the days of earning points on your rides are already over, the clock is now ticking: All remaining points must be used up before the program completely disappears in favor of the pay-to-join Uber One program at the end of the month.

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Why We Chose It

Sometimes it's worth a large investment to reap the benefits of a great credit card. That's exactly the case with the Amex Platinum card. In exchange for the annual fee, you'll unlock access to the Amex Membership Rewards program that let you access airline and hotel transfer partners, along with new lifestyle and travel credits. This card is also incredibly rewarding for travel purchases, helping you rack up a ton of Membership Rewards points for your next award trip.

Pros

  • The current welcome offer on this card is quite lucrative. TPG values it at $1,600.
  • This card comes with a long list of benefits, including access to Centurion Lounges, complimentary elite status with Hilton and Marriott, at least $500 in assorted annual statement credits and so much more. (Enrollment required for select benefits.)
  • The Amex Platinum comes with access to a premium concierge service that can help you with everything from booking hard-to-get reservations to finding destination guides to help you plan out your next getaway.

Cons

  • The high annual fee is only worth it if you’re taking full advantage of the card’s benefits. Seldom travelers may not get enough value to warrant the cost.
  • Outside of the current welcome bonus, you’re only earning higher rewards on specific airfare and hotel purchases, so it’s not a great card for other spending categories.
  • The annual airline fee statement credit can be complicated to take advantage of compared to the broader travel credits offered by competing premium cards.
  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. Plus Ups are excluded.
  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees