How to Use Uber Rewards and Referrals

Earn Uber credits and even become an Uber VIP

One way to reduce the cost of Uber rides is to use Uber’s rewards programs: Uber Rewards, the Uber Referral Code System, and Uber VIP. Uber Rewards and the in-app referral code system are available to all Uber riders as long as they are available in their city. Uber VIP, however, is only available to passengers who are also customers of certain credit card companies.

Find out what each rewards program has to offer, how to sign up for Uber Rewards, and how to use Uber referral codes.

Instructions in this guide include the steps for signing up for Uber Rewards, as well as redeeming Uber referral codes in the Uber mobile app.

Uber Rewards and Uber Credits

Uber Rewards is a points-based loyalty program. Uber Rewards members earn points for every dollar spent on Uber car rides and Uber Eats meals. Uber gives one point for every dollar spent on rides with UberPool and ExpressPool, and with meals purchased from Uber Eats.

Members also earn double points for dollars spent on rides from UberX, UberXL and Select. Members earn triple points for dollars spent on black and black SUV rides.

Uber Rewards points can be redeemed in $5 Uber Cash increments, every 500 points. Every $5 Uber Cash reward can be used to pay for Uber rides or Uber Eats meals.

Uber Cash and Uber Credits are used interchangeably. These are the same cash bonuses that Uber offers its customers. Formerly called Uber Credits, Uber has changed the name of these bonuses to Uber Cash.

Uber Rewards Membership Tiers

There are different levels of membership that Uber Rewards members can earn. Each level has different benefits. From lowest to highest, these tiers include Blue, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

If you have earned less than 500 points, you are a Blue member. Blue members have no other benefits other than earning points and redeeming points for $5 in Uber Cash.

Gold members have earned at least 500 points. Perks include Uber’s priority tech support and flexible cancellations, which entitle them to refunds if they cancel a ride and rebook within 15 minutes.

Uber Rewards members reach Platinum status when they earn 2,500 points. Platinum status members get all the benefits of Blue and Gold members, plus price protection on UberX between the two destinations they use most and priority airport transfers. Price protection provides protection against higher prices during peak hours.

Diamond level members get all of the above benefits plus four additional benefits after earning the 7,500 points needed to become a Diamond level member. Diamond-only benefits include premium support, highly-rated drivers, free upgrades, and free delivery of three Uber Eats meals every six months. Free upgrades are surprise upgrades for premium Uber rides (like Uber Black) when booking an UberX ride.

According to Uber, the Uber Rewards program is available in all US cities. The best way to make sure it’s available in your city is to open the Uber app and see if there’s an invitation to join you. It should show up on the main screen.

How to sign up for Uber Rewards

To join the Uber Rewards program:

Open the Uber app on your mobile device.

On the main map screen, select the Hamburger menu icon located in the upper left corner of the screen.

To select Uber Rewards.

A screen with basic information about the rewards program appears. At the bottom of this screen, select Join for free.

The next screen displays the Uber Rewards Terms and Conditions. Review the information, then select Accept.


What is an Uber referral?

Using Uber referral codes is a way to earn discounts on Uber rides by inviting your friends to sign up for the Uber app.

Each Uber user receives a special invite code that they can share with their friends. If you share your special invite code with a friend and that friend signs up for Uber using your code, Uber rewards you both with discounts on Uber rides.

According to the app, friends who use your code to sign up for Uber get $2 off their first three rides. The person who shared their code gets $5 off their next ride after the newly signed up friend takes their first Uber ride.

Discounts can only be used in your country and expire within 60 days if not used.

How to Use Uber Referral Codes

To take advantage of Uber referral code discounts, access your special invite code and share it with your friends. This can be done from the Uber mobile app.

Select the Hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner of the main map screen.

To select Free spins.

Your special invite code appears at the bottom of the screen in a white text box. You can share your code in two ways:

  • To select Invite friends at the bottom of the screen, then choose a contact from the list to share the code with.
  • Select the Share (the three connected dots in the special code text box), then choose one of the options from the messaging app. There is a predefined message containing your special code. From there, send your code as you would any other message from the app you want.

How to redeem Uber referral codes in the Uber mobile app on an Android device.

Uber VIP: a special rewards program for certain credit card holders

Uber VIP is an exclusive rewards program for American Express cardholders. Uber VIP was available to a limited number of loyal Uber customers, whether or not they held an Amex card. However, with the rise of the Uber Rewards program, Uber has excluded non-Amex cardholders from using Uber VIP.

There aren’t many benefits to being an Uber VIP member. Still, the few perks it has are useful. The smaller, lesser-known benefits of being an Uber VIP member include only being paired with Uber drivers who have a rating of 4.8 stars or higher and with high-quality cars driven by Uber VIP drivers.

The biggest perk of Uber VIP is the annual $200 Uber Cash bonus VIP members receive for being a member with an American Express Consumer Platinum Card or Centurion Card. According to Uber, these cardholders are eligible to become Uber VIP members and receive bonus Uber Cash (credits) of $200. The bonus is $200 in Uber credits, paid in monthly installments each year you are an Amex cardholder.

Each month, Uber VIP members receive $15 in Uber Cash. This Uber Cash is awarded monthly, except in December, when Uber VIP members receive a $20 bonus on top of the $15 in Uber Cash they normally receive.

The $200 Uber Cash reward can be used on all Uber services in the United States. Monthly rewards expire at the end of each month if not used. The credits do not roll.

Uber considers the Uber VIP program and the Uber Rewards program to be completely separate from each other. Thus, Uber users can claim rewards from both rewards programs.


More information about How to Use Uber Rewards and Referrals

Earn Uber credits and even become an Uber VIP

One way to keep the cost of Uber rides down is to make use of Uber’s rewards programs: Uber Rewards, the Uber referral code system, and Uber VIP. Uber Rewards and the app’s referral code system are available to all Uber riders as long as it’s available in their city. Uber VIP, however, is only available to riders who are also customers of certain credit card companies.

Learn what each rewards program has to offer, how to sign up for Uber Rewards, and how to use Uber referral codes.

Instructions in this guide include steps for signing up for the Uber Rewards program, as well as how to use Uber referral codes within the Uber mobile app.
Uber Rewards and Uber Credits

Uber Rewards is a loyalty program based on a points system. Uber Rewards members earn points for every dollar spent on Uber car rides and Uber Eats meals. Uber gives one point for every dollar spent on rides with UberPool and ExpressPool, and with meals purchased from Uber Eats.

Members also earn double points for dollars spent on rides from UberX, UberXL, and Select. Members earn triple points for dollars spent on rides from Black and Black SUV.

Uber Rewards points can be redeemed in $5 Uber Cash increments, every 500 points. Each $5 Uber Cash reward can be used to pay for Uber rides or Uber Eats meals.

Uber Cash and Uber credits are used interchangeably. These are the same cash bonuses Uber rewards to its customers. Once referred to as Uber credits, Uber changed the name of these bonuses to Uber Cash.
Uber Rewards Membership Levels

There are different membership levels that Uber Rewards members can earn. Each level has different perks. From lowest to highest, these levels include Blue, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

If you’ve earned less than 500 points, you’re a Blue member. Blue members don’t have any other perks apart from earning points and redeeming points for $5 in Uber Cash.

Gold members have earned at least 500 points. Perks include Priority tech support from Uber and Flexible Cancellations, which entitles them to refunds if they cancel a ride and rebook within 15 minutes.

Uber Rewards members reach Platinum status when they earn 2,500 points. Platinum status members get all the perks that Blue and Gold members get, plus price protection on UberX between the two destinations they ride the most and priority airport pickups. Price protection provides protection from higher prices during busy hours.

Diamond level members get all of the above perks plus four additional perks after earning the 7,500 points necessary to become a Diamond level member. Diamond-only level perks include premium support, highly rated drivers, complimentary upgrades, and free delivery on three Uber Eats meals every six months. The complimentary upgrades are surprise upgrades to premium Uber rides (such as Uber Black) when reserving an UberX ride.

According to Uber, the Uber Rewards program is available in all U.S. cities. The best way to ensure it’s available in your city is to open the Uber app and see if there’s an invitation to join waiting for you. It should display on the main screen.
How to Sign Up for Uber Rewards

To join the Uber Rewards program:

Open the Uber app on your mobile device.

On the main map screen, select the Hamburger menu icon located in the upper-left corner of the screen.

Select Uber Rewards.

A screen with basic information about the rewards program appears. At the bottom of this screen, select Join for free.

The next screen shows the Uber Rewards program terms and conditions. Review the information, then select Accept.

​ What Are Uber Referrals?

Using Uber referral codes is a way to earn discounts on Uber rides by inviting your friends to sign up for the Uber app.

Every Uber user is given a special invite code they can share with their friends. If you share your special invite code with a friend and that friend signs up for Uber using your code, Uber rewards both of you with discounts on Uber rides.

According to the app, friends who use your code to sign up for Uber get a $2 discount on their first three rides. The person who shared their code gets a $5 discount on their next ride after the newly signed up friend takes their first Uber ride.

Discounts can only be used in your country and expire within 60 days if not used.
How to Use Uber Referral Codes

To take advantage of the Uber Referral code discounts, access and share your special invite code with your friends. This can be done from the Uber mobile app.

Select the Hamburger menu icon in the upper-left corner of the main map screen.

Select Free Rides.

Your special invite code appears at the bottom of the screen in a white text box. You can share your code in one of two ways:

Select Invite Friends at the bottom of the screen, then choose a contact from the list to share the code with.
Select the Share icon (the three connected dots in the special code text box), then choose one of the messaging app options. There’s a pre-made message containing your special code. From here, send your code as you would any other message from your desired app.

Uber VIP: A Special Rewards Program for Certain Credit Card Holders

Uber VIP is an exclusive rewards program for American Express cardholders. Uber VIP was available to a limited number of loyal Uber customers regardless of whether they were Amex cardholders. However, with the rise of the Uber Rewards program, Uber excluded non-Amex cardholders from using Uber VIP.

There aren’t many perks that come with being an Uber VIP member. Still, the few perks it has are useful. The smaller, lesser-known perks of being an Uber VIP member include only being matched with Uber drivers who have a 4.8-star rating or higher and with high-quality cars driven by Uber VIP drivers.

The biggest perk of Uber VIP is the annual $200 Uber Cash bonus that VIP members receive for being a member with an American Express Consumer Platinum card or Centurion card. According to Uber, these cardholders are eligible to be Uber VIP members and receive a $200 Uber Cash (credits) bonus. The bonus is $200 in Uber credits, paid in monthly increments every year that you’re an Amex cardmember.

Every month, Uber VIP members are given $15 in Uber Cash. This Uber Cash is awarded every month, except December, when Uber VIP members receive a $20 bonus in addition to the $15 in Uber Cash that they normally get.

The $200 Uber Cash reward can be used on all Uber services in the United States. The monthly rewards expire at the end of every month if not used. The credits don’t roll over.

Uber considers the Uber VIP program and the Uber Rewards program to be completely separate from each other. So, Uber users can claim rewards from both rewards programs.

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