Posted by William Charles on October 19, 2017

Published on October 19th, 2017 | by William Charles


[YMMV] Ibotta Offering $1 Cashback Per Uber Ride + $5 Code For Completing Three Rides

This had disappeared, but is showing again in the latest app update again for some. Hat tip to reader George

The Offer

  • Ibotta is offering $1 cash back per Uber ride and a $5 Uber Ride Code if you complete three rides within the month

The Fine Print

  • Cancelled rides will not be credit
  • Use must take a ride within 3 hours of tapping the offer to be eligible
  • UberRUSH & UberEats are not eligible
  • On split rides, only the irder who initiated ride is eligible for cash back
  • Scheduled rides not eligible

Our Verdict

Unfortunately this offer doesn’t seem to be showing up for everybody. This isn’t enough to get me to use Uber any more or less, but it’s an easy $1 if I remember to click the button. I wonder if this works for people with Uber Plus passes. If you don’t already have an Ibotta account you can use my referral link and you’ll get $10 for joining (I’ll also receive $5 and a bonus $15 if I refer three people). Really appreciate you using my link if you do decide to sign up.

Read our review of iBotta here.

Hat tip to /r/churning

17 Responses to [YMMV] Ibotta Offering $1 Cashback Per Uber Ride + $5 Code For Completing Three Rides

  1. Mike L says:

    FYI… There’s a way around Uber’s new “upfront pricing”. Just put in a minimum trip (like a gas station on a corner near you) and then update the location to where you’re actually going once you’re in the car. This will only work with UberX, since you cannot change the location on UberPOOL. You’ll be charged for the ACTUAL time and mileage versus what Uber calculates (the worst possible route, often NOT the route the driver takes).

    • Orion says:

      Yep – glad more people are aware of this scam now – I’m a driver and can see how much the rider pays now since they changed their earnings page.

      Most recent trip (to LAX):

      Rider paid: $24

      I received: $11

      Uber received: $13

      Actual cost to rider would have been only $14. They used a route that went around the airport (nearly 2x the distance), while I just took the shortest route based on time and distance.

      • Mike L says:

        Yup, I drive part-time as well. As soon as I saw that first trip where Uber took over 50% of what the rider paid, I have been telling nearly every rider I’ve had the way to get around it. Only negative I can see is if a driver happens to have the destination filter (only available in some markets) on.

    • MontyFC says:

      Thanks for the info. I started researching more online after reading your post. Few questions:

      1. If there any additional fees if the destination is changed after you have entered the car?

      2. Can driver refuse service after the destination is changed, as new location may not be their preferred route?

      3. In my experience, if I enter a nearby location, not many drivers are willing to accept the ride (not profitable enough). Wouldn’t that be the case here if I enter a gas station at the corner as final destination?

      • Mike L says:

        1. There are no additional fees to change or update your location, the only restriction is you cannot change it on Pool.
        2. Drivers can refuse service at any point, but most won’t. If you’re going to do a long trip, it’s best to call or text the driver before they arrive to make sure they can do it.
        3. Driver’s cannot see where you’re going until you get in and they start the trip, so there are no routes.

        Hope this helps.

        • MontyFC says:

          Thanks. I will give this strategy a try to see what the cost difference comes out for my usual route.

          • Chicagoan33 says:

            Hi was there a big cost difference for you? Have you tried this strategy for airports? Thanks!

    • boogieforward says:

      Does this happen with Lyft too?

    • Josh says:

      I’ve never encountered this issue in NC. In fact it’s been cheaper to use the pre-calculated price.

      Does this only happen in larger cities?

  2. Bob says:

    Does this stack with AMEX Plat Uber credit?

    • Don’t see why it wouldn’t, neither would know about the other.

    • NRTBound says:

      It does stack w/ the Amex Plat credits, as well as the uber credits you earn for using a Visa at certain merchants). I also have it stack with:

      – $2/ ride in Shop Your Way Points (good if you shop at Sears or KMart)

      – SPG (1 SPG point per $2 spent with Uber).

      Pretty nice return, especially on short trips.

  3. nikdro says:

    I can confirm that this works along with the Uber flat rate ride pass…I’ve got $4.99 rides now here in Denver and am still able to receive the $1 rebate through Ibotta.

  4. Chicagoan33 says:

    Sadly on 2 of my accounts Uber rebate is no longer available

  5. dizzy says:

    yay! I haven’t used ibotta in a while, this was available.

  6. insider says:

    yay! Thank you for sharing

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