March 12 2014

More Car Service Credits: $45 Free from Uber

Uber Logo

UPDATE:  The HIPMUNK code may be maxed out and no longer working (but it doesn’t hurt to try it anyway).  The $20 sign-up credit should still work.

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I mentioned the free Lyft credit on Monday, and today there’s one from their competitor.  Having been around longer, Uber’s coverage is wider than Lyft’s and currently spans 32 countries – see their service areas here.

Uber offers a variety of vehicle options including uberBLACK (classic sedan), uberX (more mid-range cars), uberSUV, and even uberMoto (Paris only).

As with Lyft, requesting a ride and paying can be done through the app.  No need to try and hail a cab from the curb or wait in a long taxi line at the airport.

New users can get a total of $45 in credits through the following steps:

  1. Sign up (here’s my referral link).  This should give you a $20 credit.
  2. Log in to your account, go the “promotions” page, and enter promotion code HIPMUNK.  This will give you an additional $25 credit.  (The latter credit expires May 1, 2014.)

Since most taxis gross me out, I use these services for getting between airports and hotels.  But I’m sure they’re just as useful for getting around town at home without having to drive (and pay for parking).

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March 10 2014

Free Lyft Ride

Lyft Car

Lyft, a car service much like Uber, has grown to over 20 cities since launching in 2012 (see their current map).  Distinguishable by bright pink mustaches, I’ve been seeing more and more of the cars on the road.

If you need a ride, whether while traveling or just as a way to get home after a little too much wine at dinner, they can be a good option.  They often cost less than a cab and, given the condition of most city cabs I’ve been in, offer a cleaner, more pleasant ride.

And you don’t need to stand around trying to hail a taxi or to have cash on hand; requesting a ride and making payment are done through the app.  I don’t think it’s just me, but often my attempts to pay a taxi driver by credit card are met with disdain.  And while I have to believe it was a fluke, the last time I tried to hail a cab it literally took over 30 minutes – on Market Street in SF!

Lyft currently has a promotion offering a $25 credit toward your first ride.  If you’re a new user, feel free to use my invite link (we’ll each get the credit):

http://lyft.com/invited

Safe travels!

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