Posted by William Charles on December 2, 2017
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Uber Offers – Rates Cut Drastically

Update November 2nd, 2017: Uber has cut the rates drastically for most participating merchants. For example Whole Foods was at 10% and now it’s at 2% for most people. Applebee’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Petco, IHOP are all reduced by 50%. Others are still at the 10% rate for now. Hat tip to reader Chucks

Update August 24th, 2017: Uber has officially announced the rerelease of Uber offers. I suspect this means it will be available in more cities/areas now. As always if it’s available to you then please let us know in the comments so we can update our list.

In August of 2016 Uber launched Uber Offers, this allowed you to link a Visa card and get a 10% Uber rebate at select merchants. When they updated the app in late 2016 this was removed. They have now added it back and it shows up as ‘Visa Local Offers’. You do need to opt in to be part of this new program and it’s not available to everybody/all regions. Here’s how to opt in:

  • Make sure you have a Visa card added in your payment profile
  • Click settings
  • Click Visa Local Offers
  • Click Count Me In

The program is basically the same, except that you don’t need to opt in to each business to receive the 10% Uber rebate. Any Visa card that is attached to your Uber profile will be eligible. Each merchant also has their own fine print, but gift card purchases at some locations seem to be working fine. No longer true (although doesn’t look to be enforced at all). Make sure you also use a card that earns at a high rate on whatever category your purchasing from (e.g restaurant/grocery)

Hat tip to EZ Journeys

Select Areas Only

Unfortunately this is only available in very selected areas at the moment. Keep in mind it’s based on your current location rather than where your account is registered in. The following cities/areas are currently working:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus, OH
  • D.C.
  • Denver
  • Honolulu
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York City
  • Orange County
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle
  • Tampa
  • Will add more to this list as we find out

Hat tip to EZ Journeys



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Geo
Geo

My account is registered in Seattle and I was able to join Visa Local Offers.

Note that you must have a Visa card linked to the Uber account in order for this to work. I usually use Amex and it wouldn’t let me join. After I added my CSR, it gave me the confirmation “You’re In!”

Geo
Geo

How can you find the list of participating merchants once you are signed up and logged into the Uber app? Have been looking for a while and can’t figure it out…

Hari Krishnan
Hari Krishnan

I live in Chicago and I too got this for the very first time now.

Jesse Conklin
Jesse Conklin

worked for me. Boston

nonimmigranth1b
nonimmigranth1b

I am in Chicago and see the option but I can not add any Visa card as payment.

Jeff
Jeff

Not working in New York City as of today.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Not working with a CSP on my account in DFW.

Texan
Texan

Working for me in Dallas proper

SYC
SYC

Not available in MSP

E*

I’m in SF, not working for me nor most of my friends. So sad 🙁 hope 10% doesn’t die before it gets to me, I could definitely use some uber credits!

Joe
Joe

“Not working” as in you are not able to add the offer at all, or are you not earning the credits after purchases?

E*
E*

Does not show up in my app 🙁 on the latest version already, even tried deleting and reinstalling. Doesn’t appear on husband’s app either.

Kent
Kent

In SF and also not seeing local offers.

Rexx
Rexx

Not seeing it in Philadelphia. My app last updated a week ago.

Rexx
Rexx

Update: I’m seeing it now in Philly. The app didn’t update though, so they must have flipped a switch on the server. I think when I looked before I was in the burbs, now I’m in the city, not sure if that makes a differences.

Also of note, the calibre of restaurants and bars on the list is significantly better than Mogl or Rewards Network. The downside to this is I barely see any double dip opportunities

stvr
stvr
Chris
Chris

It is available for me in Miami! I selected it, my visa card appeared, and it shows me walgreens and about 95% of restaurants in my area as eligible for 10% credit.

Geo
Geo

How are you able to view which merchants are available once you have signed up? I can’t figure it out…

slighooker
slighooker

Worked in Cincinnati

Eric
Eric

In San Francisco area and I had the offer on my account even though I did not have a Visa card linked as a payment option. When I activated the offer it forced me to add a Visa card. I routinely get Uber emails offering discounts on rides while I know many in the same area who never get emailed discounts and don’t have this Visa offer on their account.

DaWoodMan1
DaWoodMan1

In Las Vegas, with 2 Visas on my account, personal + business profiles, and no Visa Local Offers option available… sad

Dean
Dean

What if I am visiting SF or Seattle? Would the app adjust for the location and let me in?

Bryce
Bryce

I got it working in Orange County, though my account is registered in Utah so I’m not sure which applies here.

NinjaX
NinjaX

i dont see jack in OC. hm.. maybe utah is the main one. anyone can confirm??

James
James

Charlotte is working for me; have my CSR registered

DeauxBois
DeauxBois

Worked for me in Tampa.

V
V

works in DC. unfortunately all the 10% offers end today. supposedly started in 7/1 but didn’t see these offers til a recent update less than a week ago

also should note that if you have one visa card tied to multiple uber accounts (parents/partner/siblings), the latest person to activate the offers gets the uber credit when the one card is swiped at a participating location

JA
JA

Honolulu! Valid July 1-July 31. Last day? Is it expiring anywhere else?

Jonna
Jonna

It works for me in the LA area!

Mitchell
Mitchell

Works for Phoenix

Jeff
Jeff

Now working in NYC as of today, 8/2

neels
neels

I got it in San Diego

kzyu
kzyu

Works for Philly.

Jeremy
Jeremy

It appears DFW was added.

Chris
Chris

Works in philly

blue9
blue9

Now available in Atlanta

AC
AC

I’m in New York and I got it as well

K
K

It’s in Winston Salem as well

Logan
Logan

Any DPs on whether this works with internet transactions, for example from walgreens.com or staples.com?

Peter
Peter

Don’t know if this is common knowledge, but yesterday I was at Walgreens and needed cash back so I bought something small and did $20 cash back on my Chase Debit (which I added to my Uber account as I was about to check out). A few minutes later I get a message that I got Uber Credit, 10% of the total $2X.XX. Seems like a way to get a free $2 in Uber credit on every Walgreens purchase

mickey
mickey

@peter, this does not work. Mainly because you would have to use your card as debit enter pin and then ask for cashback. Then the txn wont be routed the same way as a credit txn and you will get 20$ from register but the txn doesnt get any uber credit cashback.
I tried it yesterday and it did not work. Used chase debit

Liz
Liz

It worked for me doing it this way. Bought 2 sodas for $3 plus tax, got $20 back, got $2.32 in Uber credit. Using USAA debit card.

Steve
Steve

Works in Denver!

Brandon
Brandon

I had this activated for a few days, worked at a local Whole Foods however it does not appear to be an option on my app now. I’ve gone through every menu and don’t see it any longer. I’m in Virginia Beach and have been.

Any thoughts? I’m guessing since it updated that it’s no longer valid?

Glenn
Glenn

Given that so many of the local offers are restaurants, you might want to specifically recommend people add their Freedom VISA cards this quarter for 5X UR from Freedom AND 10% Uber Credit.

LeoM
LeoM

I’m registered in Livermore, CA and it now shows on my account as well (used to show only when I got closer to San Francisco before). I don’t think it’s linked to the account location but to the current location your phone is in.

Chris
Chris

Worked in San Jose, CA

GL
GL

It’s in Cleveland OH too!

Peter
Peter

I’d love if Visa simply offered Local Offers unaffiliated with Uber (like SavingsEdge but for every Visa). Not interested in Uber credit since I don’t use their product (and would not use it for free).

Kyle
Kyle

It works in Columbus, OH.

Best Poke

Works in Phoenix, AZ

Grant

I was in Minneapolis, MN last weekend and it worked there too 🙂

Joseph
Joseph

works in Detroit! Used it several times!

VM
VM

Its was on my account this morning but i didnt sign up. I am based in NYC.

I am not to thrilled about the terms that state Uber can see details off my transaction at the merchant. I am ok with merchant name shared, but the trnsaction detail is going bit too far for me.

Peter S
Peter S

Dont know if this is promotional rate or not. It is too lucrative. Using 5x freedom on restaurant = 15% back. Restaurant selections are very good. Using 5X Ink Cash at Staples = 15% back. I really hope this sticks around

ice_corner
ice_corner

A couple of days ago tried to use it at Whole Foods with Hyatt credit card. Thought this might combine with Hyatt 20 off 50 offer. Got the 20 statement credit, but did not get the Uber credits. Not combinable with other offers I suppose?

Lisa
Lisa

hmm. i used my hyatt card and got the uber credit instantly but have not gotten the $20 statement credit.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Not showing on my account. Los Angeles.

cheddarpants
cheddarpants

available in louisville

Joe
Joe

Checked this morning and is now available in St. Louis

Scott
Scott

Available in Pittsburgh too

z-nut
z-nut

I second this! Though short of Whole Foods and Dunkin, they’re pretty dead.

Luke
Luke

San Antonio, TX

Checked last night (10:45 pm CST) and didn’t show option to enroll under settings, so I tried sending a message asking how to sign up and they responded asking me to elaborate, so I don’t expect that changed anything.

However, when I checked this morning (6:45 am CST) after reading their message, the option to enroll was in the Settings menu as instructed on their website!

I did not make any changes to my account, the only difference was timing.

Brad
Brad

It is working in Fort Worth, Texas

Jason
Jason

I can also confirm that it’s working in San Diego, CA as well$

infiniteidealist
infiniteidealist

It’s working for Sacramento, CA. I just added a Visa card this morning.

ChennaiSuperKing
ChennaiSuperKing

Working in San Antonio, TX as well.

Raj
Raj

I am in Los Angeles and it works for me.

TomC
TomC

The local gastropub is part of Uber Offers, Reward Network, and Yelp Cash Back. So, my Friday dinner was 80 bucks with tip and taxes.

Yelp @ 7% = $5.60
Uber @ 10% = $8.00
Alaska Mileage Dinner @ 5x = 400 x 1.9¢ mile value = $7.60

Total Bonus Value = $21.10

Basically, the 3 IPAs were free.

Hiima
Hiima

Tried getting mgc at staples during rebate period and didn’t get uber credit.

Harlan V.

Just added it in Austin

Arun
Arun

Works in Portland, OR too! Got 10% off Whole Foods today!

SomeDude
SomeDude

Available in Delaware

Ricky.Z
Ricky.Z

Anyone tried if Apple/Samsung pay will trigger this credit? My experience is no, at least for my BoA card.

Chuck

Surprising to me. Those aren’t like Paypal who highjack the transaction.

Erin
Erin

Worked for me in Providence, RI

Unclesam
Unclesam

How do you look up the merchants offering the Visa local offer?

Chaser123
Chaser123

Under messages (Where you request a ride)

sonia
sonia

do the uber credits we earn through this expire? I don’t see it listed anywhere

Jig
Jig

Has anyone actually received and seen the credits after enrolling? If so,

1. does the credit show up immediately or after some period?
2. do you get a notification?
3. where do you see the credits available in the app?

Personally, have had no success getting the actual credits despite having enrolled and using the visa card on the account at identified merchants.

Chaser123
Chaser123

1) immidietaly
2) I get a pop up from uber app as soon as I swipe.
3) Under payment options – no detail, but I sometimes see awards under messages.

Jig
Jig

Thanks! I wonder if it has something to do with me adding new cards to my account AFTER opting in, and using those newer cards at eligible places

Chaser123
Chaser123

This has been working with GC’s from my local supermarket. I am amazed by the list of shops and restaurants. There are many that I use without the bonus. Some of NYC’s best restaurnts are also on the list. I am a heavy uber user, this is a huge savings. It is also cutting down my used gift card purchases, as places I go to lunch are on the list. Now I use my cash+ card, usually 5% or 2% plus I get the uber 10%.

Wendy
Wendy

Where is the list of merchants? I cannot find it! Need for Boston and Nyc

Ray Williams
Ray Williams

Is there an overall cap of $100? I got to $100, but any transactions beyond that are not triggering the Uber Credit.

Eric
Eric

I got about 150 out of this. But it appears I’m shut down too. I’m assuming you’re doing the war method as well.

Unclesam
Unclesam

I am curious about the the WAR method. Also, the only The only stores on the list that sell GC are Staples and Walgreens but I read in one of the comments that Staples did not earn the credits. Also, both stores T&C say it is capped at $20 per purchase.

Chasewr123
Chasewr123

Staples doesnt work for me either, but my supemarket does. Also capped at $20 but to me its a great deal when I use a 3.5% supermarket cash back plus 10% uber. My list of stores does change (or drop off). Not great for visa gift cards but I will fill my cart to $200 with variable amazon cards.

Eric May
Eric May

I am not sure why I said WAR method. That was a typo, my method prior to “shutdown” was 100$ cashback via a debit card at WF. I was able to generate about 150$ worth of uber credit this way within about 5 days. I tried after my shutdown at QT (paying inside rather than at the pump for gas) and was able to trigger an immediate credit. For other users, I know the cashback method is still working at WF.

MontyFC
MontyFC

What does WAR stand for?

veeRob

Whoops, accidental rewrite.

Chuck
Chuck

Exactly what do you mean “shutdown”. WF goes to at least End of September

Chuck
Chuck

Whole foods lets you take cash out and that adds to your toal. I.e. Max $100 cash out means $10 in uber credit. Its free money!!!!
I was able to take easily $100 per visit and some days two or three visits thus adding $20 or $30 per day to my uber credit. FREE MONEY!!!

Eddie
Eddie

I tried today, but only getting credit on the portion of shopping. Does it still work for you?

veeRob

I also tried it today and got credit for the shopping items only.

Chuck
Chuck

Actually as of last night, it stopped working for me. They’re on to us!
Bummer

LeoM
LeoM

Tried today and also only got Uber credits for the goods portion and not the cashback of $100. Maybe one should process without pin when checking out? Is it possible to do so?

LeoM
LeoM

Stack with Drop? 🙂

Chaser123
Chaser123

yes, it stacks.

JR
JR

Has anyone else gotten the message “There’s a Payment Issue. Sorry, we are unable to accept your card. Please try adding a different one.”?

I tried adding all of my Visa cards a few days ago but then it stopped me from adding more than four (as I recall). Then, when I tried to delete some of the Visa cards and replace them with others that’s when I got the message.

I added a Chase Ink Bold which is a Mastercard just fine as well as an AMEX so I know it’s not a bank issue. Seems like it is just completely blocking any Visas from being added regardless of bank or type (i.e. debit or credit). Any help would be great.

Chuck
Chuck

I received a similar message last Saturday when trying to book a Uber:

“Request Failed Please choose a valid payment method”

For some reason I had to go in and select a card even though I have them in my account. Not sure if this was the issue you encountered. Uber was not helpful explaining why I am getting this.

JR
JR

YMMV, but I was able to add the Visas via the UBEREATS app and not in the regular Uber app. When I re-launched the Uber app the Visas appeared. However, I was only able to add 3 Visas in the UBEREATS app before it gave me another alert that there was a problem.

veeRob

Has anyone tried to buy GC’s at Walgreens, yet? My first GC purchase at Staples gave me cash back, but my second did not. Haven’t tried Walgreens though, curious if there’s data points…

Chaser123
Chaser123

Is there any way to track your visa offers credit on the app or website? Also, Can I assuem if I see the offers, I still qualify. It worked at first, no problem. Now it seems to turn on and off at will and appears and dispaears at random on my app. Even when I see the offers I have a 50% success rate now.This promotion has been super flaky for me. I did abuse it in the beggining with no issues. Mayby I am blacklisted. Lately, I have only been using it for legitimate spend, i.e. Dunkin Donuts. I do love the problem

Eric
Eric

Nordstrom 20% back on my app. Max $20 reward per purchase. I’m in SF Bay Area.

Brian
Brian

It is available for me in San Diego

DeauxBois
DeauxBois

My offers changed drastically between December 1st and December 2nd, despite the “Visa Local Offers for Dec 1-31” appearing both times. For example, Whole Foods went from 5% on Nov. 30 to 8% on Dec. 1 and now shows 2%. Many of the restaurants that now show 4% were still at 10% yesterday.

The whole thing seems very wonky. My only regret is that I didn’t exploit the 10% debit loophole at Whole Foods even more while it lasted.

Bryant
Bryant

what was the wholefoods exploit?

DeauxBois
DeauxBois

Basically, you could use a Visa debit card to buy something cheap (I would buy a single banana for around 12 cents) and get cash back as part of the transaction. When Visa Local Offers were first widely rolled out, it would give you 10% of the total purchase price as Uber credit, which included the cash back amount.

So essentially, you could buy a banana and $100 cash back for a total of ~$100.12, and then you’d get $10.01 back in Uber credit. After depositing the cash back into your checking account, you were essentially paying $0.12 for $10.01 in Uber credit.

It wasn’t really specific to Whole Foods, but it was most valuable there due to the presence of cheap items and being able to get up to $100 cash back per transaction.

On a side note, I had never shopped at Whole Foods prior to this loophole and have not been back since it was closed.

veeRob

I tried the loophole the day after someone reported it (maybe you) and it didn’t work for me here in San Diego.

sunny
sunny

working for me in dallas

Jeremy
Jeremy

@DOC: DFW is working, it should be added to the list.

the_frankman
the_frankman

Nashville TN works

brandon
brandon

I DONT use uber but I do have the Uber Visa card ( which I put alot of Lyft charges on) and the Stacks are unbelievable when using this in Atlanta for free rides so I may have to just buckle down and give them another chance

Brad
Brad

Works for me in DFW, specifically Southlake but I assume all over

Unclesam
Unclesam

I tried at Colleyville store (DFW metroplex) today and got credit on the actual purchase but not the $100 cash back

Catie
Catie

It works in Minneapolis and all surrounding suburbs! 🙂

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