*Some of the items below have out in the blogosphere for a while now but I never covered due to my vacation. Think of this post as a catchup for the past 2 weeks*
1) Last Day for Amazon Payments is October 12th – I’ve talked about the death of Amazon Payments earlier but this is a reminder to send your final $1,000 payment to someone on or before October 12th. When October 13th comes around, Amazon Payments will disable this functionality and you will no longer be able to make person to person payments. This was an easy and free 1,000 miles a month – AP will be missed.
2) $10 off Uber for Existing Users, $40 off for New Users – American Express has announced a new promotion in which anyone can take $10 off their next Uber ride if they sync their American Express credit card with Twitter and tweet #AmexUber. Here’s how to do it.
If you do not have an Uber account, you can signup for a new account with my link here and you will receive $30 off on top of the $10 credit above for a total of $40 your first ride (I will also receive $30 off a ride if you signup with my link above).
3) American Express Premier Rewards Gold Devaluation – The American Express Premier Gold Card lost a benefit last week when Amex announced that it will no longer rewards users with 15,000 bonus points if they spend $30,000 in a calendar year. The loss of this benefit might not be applicable to many of you but I really didn’t see the point of keeping this card past the first year with a hefty annual fee of $175 unless you were a big spender. And with that benefit revoked, I don’t understand the love for this card. But that’s another post for another time.
4) Restriction on Delta Transfers from American Express Membership Rewards – In the latest flyer #unfriendly move by Delta, they are limiting the amount of American Express Membership Rewards that can be transferred into Delta SkyMiles to 250,000 miles annually. Before you think that doesn’t matter cause that’s still a lot of miles, it’s not. If I wanted to book two business class tickets to Europe with Delta using my Amex points, that’s 250,000 miles right there. If I wanted to book two business class tickets to Asia or Australia, I will have to transfer miles to each individual’s Delta account since each ticket is over 125,000 miles. But I may not be able to do that, since Amex only let’s you transfer miles to your frequent flyer accounts or that of your authorized users. This takes effect in 2015, so you have until 12/31/14 to make unlimited transfers.
I’m just getting back into the swing of things after our Alaskan vacation (which was awesome, check out the ice cave at the end of the post) so I have two quick tidbits related to Uber that I missed while I was away.
1) $30 Off Your First Uber Ride – I’ve posted about Uber credits before so I’ll make this quick – Uber has temporarily increased the signup bonus to $30 off your first ride when referred by an existing user. My link is below if you still haven’t signed up and feel free to leave your own referral link in the comments (disclaimer: the referrer will receive $30 in credits as well)
Uber Signup Link – Click Here for $30 Off Your First Ride
2) Double Membership Rewards Points on Uber Rides with American Express – Amex has partnered with Uber to offer 2x Membership Rewards points instead of the standard 1x points when you link an eligible American Express card to your Uber account and pay for the ride using that card. Eligible Amex cards include the Platinum, Gold Rewards, Everyday, Everyday Preferred, Green among others.
If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, I would still use that for Uber rides as you will earn 2.14 points (2x points on all travel + annual dividend). But if you don’t have one, this new partnership between Uber and Amex could be a nice benefit for you.
I use Uber quite frequently from JFK or LGA to home after our trips and it is always cheaper for us. A traditional car service is between $70-$75 to Mineola but my last Uber ride from JFK was only $52 and has never been more than $66. When factoring in the convenience of it as well, it’s a no-brainer to me.
Inside a Glacier Ice Cave #nofilter
UPDATE 6/21: The Uber offer is now for $30 off your first ride. Click on this link to sign up!
Two quick deals, related to free rides from two different, on demand car services.
I posted this last week but its the last days for a FREE $45 credit towards your first ride with Uber as long as you signup before 4/25. There are two quick steps to get $45 added to your Uber account (first time users only).
- You must sign up via a referral link to get the initial $20 credit. Please consider using my referral link here (I will also receive a $20 credit after your first ride).
- Once your account is setup, under Promotions, enter the code HIPMUNK. This will give you an additional $25 credit if you take a ride by 5/30. All together, that’s $45 in FREE Uber rides.
Similar to Uber, LYFT is an on-demand car service, that is slowly expanding across the US (thought not in NYC yet). You need to download their app from the Android or Apple store and signup for an account. After creating an account, enter the code SLICKDEALS for $50 in credits towards a free ride! It’s as simple as that!
UPDATE 6/21: The offer is now for $30 off your first ride. Click on this link to sign up.
This isn’t really related to points & miles per se but this is still a great deal I wanted to pass along before it expired. If you signup for Uber directly, there are generally no credits but if you are referred by an existing user you can get $20 in free credits to use on your first Uber ride!
Until, 4/25 Uber is offering new users $20 in credit to take off their first ride if they sign up for Uber by 4/25. If you signup after 4/25, you will only get $10 in credit to use towards your first ride. The best part is you do not need to actually use them by 4/25 to get the $20 credit – you just need to sign up by 4/25.
In short, sign up before 4/25 to get $20 off your first ride with Uber even if your first ride does not occur until afterwards. By signing up now, you are locking in a free $2o credit – if you wait until 4/26, you will only receive $10 in credit.
Since you need to be referred by someone to get the $20 in Uber credits, please consider using my link here to signup. We will both receive $20 in Uber credits – remember if you do not sign up via a referral, you will receive no free credits!