Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Get 15% off your next Uber ride

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

If you are a regular user of Uber in the UK, there is a good new offer available which can save you money on your rides.

Uber, the ever-expanding taxi / ride sharing / call it what you want car service, is spreading across the UK at a furious pace.  Once it arrived in Rotherham two years ago (and my home town is not exactly an early-adopter hotspot) it was clear it would end up everywhere.  It is now in 82 countries worldwide, looking at its website list, including places such as Cambodia and Bangladesh.

The key point is that the same Uber app works in every country.  It doesn’t matter if you are in Sheffield or St Petersburg – you book in the same way and the ride is charged to your stored credit card.

Uber 350

The services offered vary by country and city.  In London you can choose from four options varying from a Toyota Prius to a Mercedes S-Class.  If you really want to drive down costs, there is also the Uber Pool option where you agree to let the driver pick up another passenger heading in the same direction.  In Sheffield, there are only two options – the Prius (or equivalent) and a Mercedes E-Class (or equivalent).

How to save 15% on your rides – until tomorrow

PayPal’s digital gift card store is offering 15% off Uber digital gift cards until tomorrow, 10th September.

You need to buy via this link.

Only £25 and £50 gift cards are available and you can only buy one per transaction.

There doesn’t seem to be any limit to the number of transactions you make, however, and the website actively encourages you to also buy ‘for a friend’.

You will be emailed a code number which you enter into the Uber app.  The credit is instantly applied to your account.

The credit can only be used in the UK.  Thanks to Nick and Adam for this.

Uber is now a Tesco Clubcard redemption partner

There is another easy way of picking up Uber credit. Uber is now a Tesco Clubcard partner, at a very generous ‘3 times face value’ rate.

Follow the link above for my full article.  This is one of the most generous Clubcard redemption offers.  If you spend a lot of money with Uber in the UK, it is arguably better than redeeming your Clubcard vouchers for Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles.

Why?  Because £10 of Tesco Clubcard vouchers will get you £30 of Uber credit or 2,400 Avios.  That means you are ‘paying’ 1.25p per Avios, which is far too high in my opinion.

Comments (41)

  • Roberto Bartoni says:

    Visa and MC credit card payments incur a surcharge, and no option at all for amex, so maybe not such a good deal?

    • Genghis says:

      On £100 Tesco effectively a 2.7% return + MC/Visa points less some factor for not using Amex + of course Tesco on spend like with all other payment methods. It’s not an amazing deal but every little helps…

  • Sam says:

    Paypal stopped allowing me to purchase after buying £200 worth – it seems that there may be a limit?

  • Andy says:

    Trouble we have in Nottingham is that Uber constantly have surge pricing in effect. They stopped recruiting drivers last year. I never use them now because they are more expensive than our biggest taxi firm that always picks us up in about 5 minutes
    Also in the US we have found Lyft to be constantly cheaper than Uber. Just back from LAS and never used Uber once. Lyft line from LAS to mid strip cost me $5. And Uber customer service is pants compared to Lyft.

    • Lady London says:

      “Once it arrived in Rotherham….. it was clear it would end up everywhere”.

      Love it.

    • @mkcol says:

      On which subject: Rob – do you have any Lyft referral code?

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Is the £15 credit off the ‘headforpoints’ code valid to be used abroad or just in the UK?

    • Johnny_c-l says:

      I would expect UK only as other promos and credits have always been valid only in the ‘home’ currency. I have 10 EGP credit awaiting any future trips in Egypt, but until then…

    • Rob says:

      Just UK – all Uber credit (Tesco, gift card, referral) can only be spent in its original currency.

  • Wally1976 says:

    Nationwide Simply Rewards are currently offering £8 back on next Uber of £8 or more but it expires on 16/9/17.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.