It sure seems like everyone and their airplane/hotel is joining forces with Uber to offer free rides. With what used to be almost solely personal referrals is now corporate referrals all over the place. The catch? To offer additional incentive to have you use their code and Uber relationship over another. Here is American Airline’s attempt at doing that.
Uber & AA Now Offer Free $20 Uber Ride
Just like all the other corporate referral offers, signing up for this offer (if it is your first time using Uber) will give you $20 for your first ride. If your ride is under $20, it is all gone. If it is over $20, the first $20 is covered by the referral.
In addition to this new referral partnership, AA is trying to sweeten the deal by offering 2 bonus miles (total of 3 miles) per dollar when you use your AAdvantage Aviator Mastercard to pay for your Uber rides. This additional bonus is available through July 31, 2016.
To sign up for Uber and take advantage of the first free ride (up to $20), use code RIDEAA when you sign up here.
Free Ride For Executive Platinum Members
In another move to lure AA members, they are giving all AA Executive Platinum members a code on March 15 that will be good for a free ride up to $25. This is for all Exec Plats regardless of whether you have used Uber before or not. This is a great offer and one I will definitely look forward to using.
The only hitch is that you must have that status on March 1, 2016 (in other words, have qualified for all of 2016). So, if you took advantage of the same challenge I did last year for achieving Executive Platinum status, you will also get that free $25 code. Check your e-mail on March 15!
It is always good to see more partnerships (that aren’t mergers) but I really have to wonder – who travels and hasn’t already used Uber before??? Since this offer is only for new customers (the $20 offer), how many people will sign-up for it?
If you haven’t yet done it, consider doing it through AA, IHG, SPG, or Chase. Just don’t do it through another individual as you will only get $15! Gotta say, though, it is a really strange way to advertise the new partnership:
“When it’s time to fly, ride with Uber.” Sort of sounds like they endorse speeding or maybe that is just my critical mind at work! 🙂
Have you signed up for Uber yet?