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UberX launches in London – get £15 free credit! – 40% less than Addison Lee

From January 2018, please use our new Uber sign-up code HEADFORPOINTSUK. This gets you a 50% discount on your first ride, up to £10. This is more generous than the current refer-a-friend offer of £3 off your first ride.

Uber launched in London last year as a luxury car service, offering you the chance to be transported around in a Mercedes or similar.

Yesterday, Uber launched UberX.  UberX is a lower cost version of the main Uber service (now renamed UberLUX) using cars such as a BMW 3 series or Toyota Prius.

Both services can be booked via the same Uber smartphone app, available via the Apple and Android stores.


The company claims that UberX will be 40% cheaper than Addison Lee and 30% cheaper than a black cab, depending on how far you travel.  UberX is also 60% cheaper than UberLUX.

Typical fares quoted on the website for UberX are:

  • Central London to Heathrow: £30 – £45 (fixed fare)
  • Central London to City Airport: £12 – £33 (fixed fare)
  • Central London to Gatwick Airport: £45 – 55 (fixed fare)
  • Shoreditch to London Bridge £9 (variable fare)
  • Bank to Berkeley Square £9 (variable fare)
  • Clerkenwell to South Kensington £17 (variable fare)

The service is still rolling out so the company warns that UberX cars may not always be available.

If you have not already signed up for Uber, you can receive £15 of free credit by using my refer-a-friend link which you can access by clicking here.

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  1. It doesn’t recognise my uk postcode so can’t register

  2. The Galon code, ironically, was also from the Google Adwords campaign!

    • Mrtibbs1999 says:

      On people where posting their referral links as adwords campaign. They were quickly banned. Could be the same in this case with the Galon code… I note with the uberlovesthisweather code, that if you choose a eurozone location in the “country box” you get 10 euros, choose the USA $10 or choose the UK for £10. This is a great bonus as you can only use credits that match the billing of the city you are in. I’m off to Paris tonight and have lots of euro accounts…..

      • Mrtibbs1999 says:

        p.s with the 10 credits it is much more beneficial to use uberx. You won’t get very for for 10 in a black car. When the 20 codes come back then the black cars are worth using again…

  3. DYKWIA says:

    Same for me… it won’t accept my postcode.

  4. DYKWIA says:

    Ahh… I’ve worked it out. It was because I was using an AMEX. When I tried with a Mastercard, it worked OK.

  5. DYKWIA says:

    And then I was able to add the AMEX and delete the Mastercard 🙂

    • thesaver79 says:

      Did you do via the app or the website? I’ve tried via the app and it still tells me that the post code can’t be recognised when I try to add and Amex

      • DYKWIA says:

        I did it via the Website. It doesn’t ask for a postcode when adding a new card.

  6. Whamer says:

    Thanks! Will give it a go. I had same postcode issue with AMEX too but fine with VISA.

  7. Perfect. Had the same prob with postcode but once i put in a visa instead of Amex it worked

  8. Thanks Raffles.

    Registration works fine with MBNA issued AA Amex card but not with Amex issued cards.
    However, once registered, you can add your Amex issued card and cancel the card you first registered with.

    Do we get double MR points for using the Amex Gold card with UberX?

  9. Sir Stamford says:

    The coverage area for Uber London isn’t exactly great especially if you are not based in Central London.

    As per their website, their coverage area is “Anywhere within Central London! From Shoreditch to Mayfair to The City to South of the River etc”

    Not very useful if you are based in North London and travelling to Gatwick!

    Sir Stamford

  10. Stephen says:

    They were offering £20 even on referrals only a week ago. They must have reduced it with the launch of UberX.

  11. I used Uber X last night and it worked a treat. I had a £20 credit on my account. I signed up months ago out of interest, but the limo service didn’t appeal.

    The driver was pleasant, the car was clean and it cost less than the estimated fare. With the free credit my taxi home cost less than the train into London 😮

    The only issue is that there weren’t many cars in the area (Soho), so it may just have been luck that my car was within five minutes when I wanted to travel. I’d checked one hour earlier and there were no cars available.

  12. I used it today. Two of us going to Heathrow from the IC Park Lane cost just £37. Cheaper than the HEX which is a pain to get to from here.

    OK the IC Park Lane is very close to the Piccadilly line and I’d usually use that as it’s cheap, direct and journey time is fairly constant (checking for disruptions before leaving hotel), but in the current heat the thought of a direct door to door air conditioned service was much more appealing than the tube.

    I had £10 off so the effective price is £27 – even better!