We have to admit that some cross-promotional opportunities seem a bit baffling at times. Our blog frequently includes offers and specials related to ride-sharing companies. At times, companies like Lyft and Uber are great alternatives to a rental car or mass-transit! There are already multiple ways to earn discounts and credits using Uber but now there is a method of earning Uber credits for purchases at select retailers. A way to passively earn Uber credits for purchases a user might already be planning to undertake at restaurants and stores? Sign us up!
Introducing Visa Local Offers
Uber announced the "Visa Local Offers" program in the United States in August 2017. In order to participate, an Uber customer has to have at least one Visa card tied to their Uber profile, opt into the Visa Local Offers program, and then simply shop at eligible restaurants and stores using the enrolled Visa card. There are national partners as well as local/regional partners. The national partners include Dunkin' Donuts (a favorite of the AutoSlash team), Petco, Staples, Walgreens and Whole Foods. Our favorite AutoSlash team pup will be happy with the Petco bonus and I wish this program had started before I spent $70 on an immunization recently! The Uber rebates credited for these retail purchases -- at least currently -- range from 10% to 20% of the purchase amount (with some per-purchase cap).
My local Dunkin', Petco, and Walgreens all participate at the 10% level.
There are three parts of this offer that we really love. First, there's no requirement to take an Uber to/from any of these transactions. Second, these transactions are seamless for the user. After enrolling the Visa card, there's no other intervention needed to earn the Uber credits -- just make a purchase at an eligible location using that Visa card. And that opens some great opportunities for those with Visa credit cards that offer bonuses at certain categories of stores.
- Shop at Staples with a Visa credit card that gives bonus points at office supply stores? Earn bonus rewards from the credit card company and with Uber!
- Shop at Walgreens with a Visa credit card that gives bonus points at drugstores? Earn bonus rewards from the credit card company and with Uber!
- Shop at Whole Foods with a Visa credit card that gives bonus points at grocery stores? Earn bonus rewards from the credit card company and with Uber!
Our third and final favorite thing? These Uber credits never expire per the Visa Local Offers FAQs. We're very fond of the idea of stockpiling Uber credits through our routine purchases to cover our ride-share needs in the future! In fact, I should ask AutoSlash founder Jonathan if he needs me to front a couple large purchases from Staples ...
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