Posted by William Charles on September 13, 2017
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Published on September 13th, 2017 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Benjamin: Buy $500 Uber Giftcard & Get One Free

Deal now seems to be dead.

Please read the warning in the our verdict section.

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Benjamin is offering a buy one $500 Uber gift card, get one free

The Fine Print

  • Uber is one of our favorite companies and we are psyched to offer this special buy one, get one deal on Uber gift cards.
  • We’ve secured 240 gift cards which will all deliver via e-mail between October 15, 2017 and November 1, 2017.
  • Each e-mail will contain two $500 Uber gift cards. By purchasing this gift card, you accept the following terms and conditions: This card is redeemable via the Uber app and can be used in U.S. cities where Uber is available.
  • The card is non-reloadable and, except where required by law, cannot be redeemed for cash, refunded, or returned.
  • You may be required to add a secondary payment method to use the gift card with the Uber app.
  • The card is not redeemable outside the U.S. Issuer is not responsible for lost or stolen cards, or unauthorized use.
  • Depending on the state of purchase, this card is issued by Bancorp Card Services, Inc. or The Bancorp Bank. For full terms and conditions, visit http://uber.com/legal/gift.

Our Verdict

This app/company has some very bad reviews, so use at your own risk.  People have reported a lot of issues, with the app and getting what is promised in the past, I’d recommend reading through this Slickdeal threads (123). More up to date thoughts from readers can also be found in previous Benjamin app posts. I really don’t like the fact you need to wait until October 15th, 2017 – November 1st for the gift cards to arrive. I don’t see why there should be such a big delay in posting the gift cards.

If something is too good to be true, it probably is. Only you can decide if this is worth the risk or not, but I’m sitting this one out.

Hat tip to reader Flame



23 Responses to [Expired] Benjamin: Buy $500 Uber Giftcard & Get One Free

  1. GL says:

    Decided to go for it. I’ve some minimum spend to make. The last $200 for $250 deal came through after a bit of prodding, but they’ve generally been responsive (~1 day) to email/twitter. Obviously this sounds “too good to be true”, but if it falls through there is always the option of chargeback…

  2. Isaac says:

    It’s saying deal unavailable

  3. Dan says:

    Say goodbye to your money. This is GiftCardRescure bullshit all over again.

    If anything you should warn readers NOT to do this.

  4. Ian says:

    Link to offer appears to be dead.

  5. Josh says:

    I tried to get a $50 Starbucks card for $35 a year or so ago from these guys. The story (when the delay occured) was Starbucks was partnering with them and providing the codes directly, but the were not going to be able to deliver all the codes before the expected date. Instead of asking if customers wanted to wait for the code, they just refunded everyone. Very annoying and fishy.

    Meh, this is just a summary of SD thread #2

  6. Alex says:

    If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Frankly, I think DOC should remove this article from the front page. Lots of people won’t be happy when shiFt hits the fan!

  7. ray says:

    Thanks for posting this! Definitely do buy at your own risk.

    Read through a couple of threads and they seem to be legit company, just expect a lot of delays, which I don’t mind as long as I get my code to work. If anything fails, you can always file a chargeback from the credit card.

  8. David says:

    How is this a financially beneficial for Uber or whoever is underwriting this? The type of person who this deal would appeal to would presumably be a relatively heavy Uber user already, and I can’t believe anyone expects to see $500 worth of return from this investment (even if we assume the actual cost is half of that, it still seems unreasonable).

  9. David says:

    I bought 2; I take around 30 Ubers a month, and with flat fares that works out to around $220/month. So I figure this will last me for almost a year 🙂

  10. Will says:

    Just wait until Uber realizes that people with large gift card balances are willing to pay more for rides.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they already have.

  11. Josh says:

    their deals keeping getting better and better. SOUNDS LIKE A PONZI SCHEME.

  12. Eric says:

    Couldn’t resist. If things go wrong my Amex card should have me covered though, right?

  13. MZ says:

    I skimmed through the linked SD threads and found one comment very interesting, given increasing $ amount of the “deal” from this company ($25 -> $60 -> $250 -> now $500)…


    This is probably how they run their scheme.

    They started off with low dollar amount deals (spotify, starbucks) to build up their transaction records with their credit card merchant account. Those deals (spotify, starbucks) were probably acquired from illegal places like the dark web etc where hacked accounts and stolen certificates are being sold at 1/10 of the price.

    Building transaction history for their merchant account is a crucial step so they can later charge larger amount without raising suspicion from the merchant provider, and they always do presale item so they have enough time to cash out before chargebacks start hitting the merchant account. I’m guessing they probably already have multiple merchant accounts in place ready for backup as well.

    At this stage, all they are trying to do is stall consumers from filing chargebacks for as long as possible so they can continue on milking money through that merchant account before it gets shut down.

  14. Shane says:

    Links are now dead.

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