Get Nearly Free Lunch or a Free Ride with Uber and American Express

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Have an American Express card? Yes? Good. Use Uber? Yes? Good. You might be able to get a free $10 then.

Simply log on to your account at American Express and toggle over to the “Amex Offers for You” section to see if the Uber offer is in there.

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I found it via my old Amex Blue Cash, but it wasn’t listed in my regular American Express Blue account.

Regardless, it’s a pretty sweet deal. Simply add the deal, then spend $10 or more via the Uber app by the end of the year (12/31/14) to receive a $10 statement credit.

In other words, get a free $10 for a ride or food if you have UberFRESH in your area. I’m lucky enough to have the food delivery in my hood, which runs at $12.  And it’s always places you actually want lunch from!  Also, you get a free shopping bag, which I took a photo of for this post.

So I can get a killer lunch for $2, which is pretty much free. If I don’t use it for lunch one day I can always get a free $10 ride out of the deal as well since I use Uber fairly frequently.

The only real work I have to do is add the credit card to my payment options in Uber and make sure it’s the default card for one transaction.

By the way, if you’re wondering how to max out credit card rewards for Uber and other ridesharing programs, check out my post about it. There are plenty of creative ways to get free rides and free food if you’re in an UberFRESH zone.

There Are Some Rules with This Offer

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A few caveats…

This offer is not available for redemption if you select “Use Points” in the Uber app when paying for a ride. In other words, pay with your Amex card or you won’t get the free $10.

Also, it’s not valid on UberT in New York City, or on any other services in which payment does not actually occur via Uber’s app. However, it does work if you buy a gift certificate online via Uber.com.

Tip: You can buy $25 Uber gifts online (for yourself) and get them for an effective price of $15, or 40% off the full price.  Then simply add the funds to your own Uber account or actually gift them!

If you happen to link an Amex EveryDay card to this offer, extra points awarded for this offer will not count toward the Extra Points Benefit. Also, this deal is only valid in the United States.

The good news is that the offer is available under authorized user accounts. My “old lady” had the offer as well with the old Amex Blue Cash so we’ll get $20 out of the deal in total.

Or she’ll get a lunch for $2 and I’ll be happy she did, but still have to take her out to dinner. Anyway, if interested, check out your account and hope it’s in there.

If the offer isn’t listed in your account, you can still get it. Simply connect any of your American Express cards to your Twitter account and tweet @AmexOffers with the hashtag #AmexUber once your card is connected. You should receive a tweet back almost immediately confirming your enrollment.

I added my regular Amex Blue via Twitter so I’m hoping to get another $10 credit that way.  Additionally, I added my Amex Serve card so if all goes well, I’m looking at $30 in Uber credits plus another $10 from my authorized user. If she adds her other accounts that’s another $20 or so.

As you can see, those with lots of Amex accounts can really capitalize on this offer…

Look Out for the Confirmation E-Mail

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If all goes well, you should get an e-mail pretty much instantly after making an Uber purchase with your linked Amex card. However, the statement credit may take a bit longer to process.

They say the statement credit will appear within 90 days after 12/31/14, but in my experience these credits tend to show up a lot sooner. Time will tell. I hope it does.

As expected, American Express already credited my accounts with $10 each from my recent Uber purchases. So $20 back for spending $50 on Uber.  A 40% discount.  Seems like a no-brainer.

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Now I plan to buy another $25 Uber GC with my Amex Serve card and get my authorized user on board as well.

Author: Colin Robertson

Colin created this blog after spending several years in a job that required him to scour credit reports on a daily basis. His goal is to help individuals better understand their credit and get the most out of credit cards.