This tip comes from a friend of mine, Jessica. If you have a Visa card or Amex Platinum card tied to your Uber account, you could be earning free money to help you with those rides!
Open the Uber app on your phone and tap on Payment (from the “hamburger” menu). Under Promotions, tap on Payment Rewards to get details on how both cards earn you money. You must opt in and register to start earning. There are instructions and FAQ’s in the Details tab under each promotion. You can also opt in by going to Settings then Rewards in the Uber app.
For the Visa promotion (after you’ve enrolled), simply use your Visa card like normal at participating stores or restaurants; your Uber account will automatically be credited (usually 10% of your purchase). For example, Jessica shopped at Whole Foods then got a message a few minutes later stating $5 had been added to her Uber account. It’s that simple. Search for local offers by swiping up and looking at your messages – some of my local places include Quiktrip, Walgreens, IHOP, Williams Sonoma, Petco, Whole Foods,… (the list is quite extensive). For the Amex promotion, you must be an Amex Platinum Card Member. You get $15 in Uber credits every month plus a bonus $20 in December simply be having your card tied to your Uber account.
The Visa promotion seems to be the most useful to me so sign up and start earning those free rides! You never know when they could come in handy.