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Want a Free Uber Ride? This New Trick Gets Existing Users a $20 Credit

Updated March 20, 2016
by Susan Shain
Senior Writer
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For me, Uber has been a game changer.

I no longer have to fight businessmen for cabs in New York City, nor try to figure out where the heck I am in St. Louis so I can get picked up at three in the morning. (Both true stories.)

Now I just open my Uber app and request a ride, and soon enough, I am merrily on my way.

If you’re as big an Uber fan as I am, you’ll be stoked to learn about this new deal that lets existing users get a FREE Uber ride of up to $20.

How Existing Uber Users Can Get a Free Ride

With many promotions, only new users are eligible. That’s usually the case for Uber, too; the company offers free rides to anyone who’s willing to try them for the first time.

But thanks to Uber’s new partnership with Facebook, existing users can get a free ride, too, saving you up to $20.

To grab your free ride, all you have to do is hail your Uber from within Facebook Messenger.

The feature isn’t available to everyone yet; it will slowly roll out over the next few weeks. So if you don’t see the “Transportation” option within the platform, wait a few days, then try again.

Here’s how to grab this deal:

1. Download or open the Facebook Messenger app. Make sure you have the latest version. (If you don’t, it will probably prompt you to upgrade.)

2. Open a new message. In the bottom right-hand corner, click on the “More” option, which appears as three small dots. Select “Transportation” and follow the directions to link your Uber account.

3. The next time you’re in need of an Uber, use Messenger to request your ride. Your credit of up to $20 will automatically be applied.

If you don’t have Uber yet, we recommend signing up for the app and taking that free ride first (if you use a friend’s referral code, you both get a free ride!) — and then linking your account to Messenger to get your second free ride. 

If you’d rather drive for Uber instead, we can help with that, too. Here’s a post on how to make more money driving for Uber.

Your Turn: Do you use Uber?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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