UPDATE: Groupon deal is dead, LivingSocial deal still active.
I’ve written about Uber before and essentially it is an “On-demand car service that allows everyone to have a private driver experience through iPhone, SMS, and web based requests.” It is less expensive than a car service, but slightly more expensive than a yellow cab. Your credit card is stored in your account so there is no exchange of money at the end of the ride. A 20% gratuity is automatically added as well. While I’ve used Uber here and there, my friends in other cities swear by it. For me in NYC, I am typically able to walk outside, put my hand out and a cab is ready for wherever I need to go. In
many most cities this is not the case and an at-your-service car service is very much needed. Additionally, tip is included and no cash or credit card is needed – everything is linked to your account. The cars are also extremely new/clean, and the company will even text you with the drivers name for extra security.
So now back to the deal (and make sure to pay attention as it is two-fold):
- Via Groupon or LivingSocial you can purchase a $25 Uber credit for $5. As mentioned, this is is for new Uber customers only.
- Now, for new Uber members, which you all must be to jump on the first deal, you can get a free $10 in credit just by signing up! This sign up must come from an existing member (the referrer receives a $10 credit as well after you take your first Uber trip). This will really make the deal $35 for a $5 purchase, so ultimately $30 in free credits!
To get the credits from a referral and Groupon/LivingSocial deal: You must first sign up for Uber with the referral link. When you are signing up there is a promotion box where you leave the referral name from the referral link you use. Then, purchase the Groupon deal and you will receive a voucher number. Do not click the uber sign up link that is given, instead sign into your account that you just created and click on the “Promotions” tab. In the promotions box enter the voucher number.
Also, if you are in the Chicago area, I posted yesterday about a way to get two free rides this weekend (up to $30 each).
Check out the uber website (uber.com to learn more about fares and available cities – they are now international!). The promotional value of the Groupon deal is available through 120 days after purchase – so if purchased today then will be valid through mid-March. The promotional value of the LivingSocial deal is available February 4, 2013.
Enjoy your Uber deal and discounted taxi/car service!