From April 2018, please use our new Uber sign-up code UBERHEADFORPOINTS via this link, or download the app and add the code via the promo code box on the ‘Payment’ tab. This gets you £3 off your first ride.
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.
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.
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.
And don’t forget 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.)
If you don’t have an Uber account, our £15 sign-up deal is still running
I have offered Uber referrals to HFP readers even since the site started. Two years ago, we agreed a special sign-up deal. If you download the Uber app and sign up with the promotional code ‘headforpoints’ (go to the promo page via the menu) you will receive a credit for £15 towards your first ride.
This is £10 higher than the standard ‘refer a friend’ bonus which is a £5 free ride credit.
You can also sign up via this link on a desktop and then use your log-on details when you later download the app.
As you don’t get any change for your £15 first ride, you might as well go for it and order an Uber Exec (Mercedes E-Class) or Uber Lux (Mercedes S-Class). Note that the code is only valid for rides taken in the UK.
This is a permanent offer, not a temporary promotion. If Uber is not yet in your city, bear this code in mind for when it launches. If you are on your phone the code will be inserted automatically if you use this link for the download.
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