I love ride-sharing services, whether it’s Uber or Lyft. If you’re a frequent Uber user, you should definitely know about these hacks. They’ve saved me a few bucks and often got me free rides for a limited period of time. Without further ado let’s get started.
Note: Most of these tips apply to Uber. However, some of them may apply to Lyft too.
Uber hacks for riders
1. Uber sign-up promo codes
If you’re a first time user, you can earn your first ride for free. When you sign up with this promo link, you’ll get up to $25 off your first rides.
You’d be surprised that some people don’t take advantage of these easy savings. They just download the app, create an account and start requesting rides. Don’t be like them.
2. Use Uber referrals
Uber has a nice referral program to entice more people to sign up with their services. Go to the menu within the app, find free rides and tap on it. You’ll be able to invite your friends and families to sign up.
Every time a new Uber user sign up with your referral link, they’ll get $2 off their first three rides. You’ll automatically get $5 off your next ride.
If you don’t have an account yet, you can use this referral link to take advantage of this promotion.
3. Free rides with the Freebird app
You probably may have never heard about this app. It’s one of the apps that deserve a spot on your smartphone if you want to save a few bucks on all your Uber and Lyft rides. For existing Uber and Lyft users, use these promo codes: GEM and ZOOM to get $5 off your first three rides.
You earn points for requesting Uber and Lyft through the app, which you can cash out. The app also partners with a variety of selections of places to go to eat or drink for money back. You’re essentially getting money back for things you’d normally do.
If you’re a frequent Uber or Lyft user this app is life-changing. You should give it a try or you’re missing out.
4. Get $0.50 per ride with Acorns
You may have heard of Acorns. If not, check this great article to see why it made it to our list of the best budgeting apps. Acorns has partnered with Uber to offer its users $0.50 every time they request an Uber through their app, which will be invested in your portfolio.
It may not seem a great incentive. If you’ve been using both apps it would be foolish to not take advantage of this.
5. Avoid surge pricing
When demands increase, prices go up. The same rules apply to Uber. During rush hours, times of peak activity, and bad weather you’ll see higher rates. All you have to do is to close the app, wait for a couple of minutes then open it again.
If the price doesn’t go down, just walk a little bit to get off your location. You’re probably in a popular area where a lot of people are requesting rides.
These were our top 5 Uber hacks to save money on your rides.
Do you know any Uber hacks or tips that we should have mentioned in this post? Please let us know in the comment section below.
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