Uber $30 Signup Bonus & Free Rides in Halifax, Saigon, Toledo, Lexington
If you haven’t gotten on the Uber bandwagon, now is a great time.
Just this week Uber increased its signup bonus to $30 (from $10) off your first ride if you use a qualified referral link. While Uber’s bonuses occasionally change, sometimes without notice, $30 is currently the best offer I know of.
So find a friend with a working link, or feel free to use my referral link (thank you!).
Furthermore, when the company launches in a new market it sometimes offers free rides for a couple of weeks. Current offers include:
- Halifax: 5 free rides up to $25 per ride through July 2.
- Lexington: 10 free rides up to $25 per ride through June 26.
- Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): 10 free rides up to 200,000₫ per ride through June 30.
- Toledo: 10 free rides up to $25 per ride through June 26.
Be sure to use the appropriate promotion code specified for each offer.
If you’re not familiar with Uber…
The company has been in the news lately, and if its valuation of $17 billion (or $18 billion-plus, depending on who’s counting) is not enough to convince you, I’ll add my 2 cents below by (lazily) repeating part of an earlier post.
Uber is a car service where you request a ride through their mobile app. I’ve been using the service for a while and just love it. Among the reasons:
- No waiting in long taxi lines at airports. After hitting the “request a ride” button on my app, I’ve never had to wait more than a few minutes for a car to arrive. The app tracks the car’s progress toward me and indicates the estimated wait time down to the minute.
- No standing on the street trying to flag down a cab – and risking being run over in the process. I just wait comfortably in the hotel lobby until the car arrives.
- The cars are clean and not smelly. I cannot say the same of most taxis I’ve been in.
- No cash needed; payment is by credit card via the app.
- uberX rates are generally comparable to taxi fares. Sometimes more (but well worth the small premium) and sometimes less. (Note that uberBLACK, which provides higher-end cars, is priced differently.)
And finally, but perhaps most importantly, I feel safer using Uber (or Lyft). Through hundreds (or maybe thousands) of cab rides over the years, I’ve occasionally pondered the possibility that if I were to hop into the “wrong” cab and a deranged cabbie decided to drive somewhere remote and kill me nobody might ever know. With Uber, a lot is electronically tracked – the driver’s identity, my pickup time and location, and even the route driven.
I am by no means suggesting that cabbies are bad people, but when it comes to rides from random strangers I would prefer to get into a tracked car over a random cab.
Total tangent: Whether all this makes the company worth $18 billion, give or take, is another matter. Personally I think we’re in a Fed-enabled and artificially inflated stock market bubble that is leading to hyper valuations of a lot of companies, but that’s just another of my $0.02 (and certainly not to be taken as any kind of financial or investment advice either way).
But hey, if they’re offering free rides, enjoy ‘em. When something’s free, I don’t complain about the price. 🙂