Over the past few months, Uber has been really generous with their discounted rides and promo codes. New users have been able to rack up bonuses of up to $75, which have been good across multiple Uber rides. This is a fantastic deal, and one that I know many readers were able to put to good use.
Personally, I am a big fan of Uber in certain situations, and I’m a huge fan if you are able to use a high-dollar bonus to offset the cost of your ride.
However, I’ve noticed a trend with recent Uber bonuses. A new promo code will hit the scene, then within a few hours or days, the code is restricted to a certain area (Orange County, Chicago, etc.). In other words, Uber changes the terms of the code once they realize that the code is being used nationwide (when they probably meant it to be used in one market).
This is a bummer because if you don’t know that the code is for restricted-use only and you apply it to your account, then you are stuck with that sign-up code AND you aren’t a new user anymore – which means that even if you don’t/can’t use that particular code, you can’t attach a “better” one to your account.
My suggestion: before you use a code, Google it to verify that it hasn’t become too specific for your needs. Sure, this is an extra step in the process, but it could save you a chunk of change.
Has this happened to you? Has anyone been able to persuade Uber to take a code off an account once it was applied?