Since I’ve covered Uber extensively in the past, I thought it worth flagging that Uber:
- Appears to be cracking down on being able to stack new member referral credits with promotion codes (generally you have to choose one or the other, otherwise they’ll remove the latter from your account). (HT: Deals We Like)
- Is reducing new member referral credits from $20 to $10 after April 25. That means using a referral credit a couple of weeks from now will only get you $10 towards your first ride (and only get the person who refers you $10 as well).
Here’s the email I received from Uber on this second point:
One last opportunity for double referrals* — score $20 in Uber credit for every friend that takes a ride before April 25th with your invite code. Take advantage of these last two weeks before referral credit returns to $10.
The text says ‘after’ April 25, but the fine print actually reads “*To receive $20 credit, friends must ride before midnight on April 25, 2014.”
The referrer will only get $20 if your first ride is before midnight on April 25. But the person with the new account gets $20, period, and doesn’t have to ride by that time — just sign up by then.
I’m not including my referral link here, since under Uber’s rules it turns out you’re not supposed to leave yours in the comments either. (You can, of course, find my link if you wish in my original discussion of Uber: Why Taxis Suck and What You Can Do About It.)
Here’s the story of a guy who earned $50,000 in Uber referral credits by posting his link on reddit and sending out spam. His account was closed because Uber prohibits “public distribution [of referral links] on sites where you are a contributor but not the primary content owner (e.g., Wikipedia, coupon websites) is not allowed.”