Use your points or watch them disappear – Uber Rewards is saying goodbye and you’ll lose your points if you don’t use them soon.
Halloween may not mean much in Australia, but Uber Rewards members have a big reason to mark October 31 in their calendars.
Ride-hailing service, Uber will end Uber Rewards to make room for its more recently launched pay-to-join program, Uber One. While the successor does not have points-earning or elite status opportunities, it does include some enhanced experiences for paying members.
Uber Rewards members have not been able to earn points since the end of August 2022, however they’ll still be able to use their points until the end of this month – here’s how:
How to use your Uber Rewards points
As a multi-level loyalty program, Uber Rewards serviced Australian and New Zealand loyalists from the start of 2020, offering points-earning opportunities and exclusive member benefits.
The program allowed customers to earn 1 point per dollar on Uber Eats purchases, 2 points per dollar on most standard Uber rides and 3 points per dollar on premium rides.
Uber Rewards members require a minimum of 750 Uber Rewards points to redeem a reward, so you’re unfortunately out of luck if you don’t already have those points. However, here are some popular options if a reward is still on the cards for you this month:
- Meal delivery service discount: 10% off Uber Eats orders for one nominated three-day period (capped at $25 per order)
- Rideshare discount: 10% off all Uber rides for one nominated three-day period. Choose from UberX up to Uber Premium
- Qantas Points: Convert your Uber Rewards points to Qantas Points; 750 Uber Rewards points can be converted to 200 Qantas Points
- Donation: There’s also the choice to donate your reward to a charity, such as Uber’s partner Paralympics Australia
For most consumers, the best ‘bang for buck’ will be obtained by choosing 15% off Uber Eats or Uber rideshare.
This is particularly the case if you are able to utilise the three-day redemption window strategically, ensuring a busy period of use. Converting Uber Rewards points for Qantas points offers poor value.
It’s worth noting that while Uber users lose the ability to earn points when Uber Rewards ends, Qantas Frequent Flyer members who have linked their Qantas and Uber accounts will still earn one Qantas Point for every dollar spent on fares to and from eligible Australian airports (even without an Uber One subscription).
What are the benefits of Uber One?
The new, rebranded Uber One program fronts a $9.99 per month subscription fee. Uber has said Uber One customers will save an average of $30 per month, but this figure will of course depend on your usage.
If you register for Uber One in Australia, your member benefits will only apply here, the most noteworthy of which being:
- free delivery on Uber Eats orders over $20 (from stores that display the Uber One icon)
- a minimum 10% discount on all rides
- $5 credit for future Uber Eats orders if your food arrives after the estimated time
- access to exclusive promotions and experiences
If you think you’ll get good value out of these Uber One perks, you can join by signing into your account here.
All existing Uber Rewards members will receive one complimentary month of Uber One. However, you’ll need to opt out if you don’t wish to pay the monthly fee after that. You can find out more about Uber One here.
Just remember, you’ll have until the end of the night of October 31 to use your Uber Rewards points before they’re gone for good.
How will you be using the last of your Uber Rewards points this month?
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