How to Buy (and Use) Uber Gift Cards
Gift cards are the perfect thing to give the person who seems to have everything. Instead of worrying that you picked the right gift, you get the let the gift card recipient choose whatever your gift card will cover.
Typically, when people think of gift cards, they imagine giving one for a place like Starbucks, Walmart, iTunes, or Amazon. While all of these places offer gift cards, did you know that you can give (and get) gift cards for Uber? It’s true: You can give a gift card that will be valid for someone’s next trip with the ridesharing giant.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at how Uber gift cards work, including how to buy and redeem them. We’ll also address some common questions about Uber gift cards.
What Is Uber?
If you’ve ended up in this guide because you received an Uber gift card but have never used the service (or someone has asked if you could gift them an Uber gift card), then here’s a brief explanation of what Uber is.
At its most basic, Uber is a way to get a reliable ride using your smartphone. All you have to do is download the Uber app from the Google Play or Apple App Store, create an account, and then enter the place you want to go. Uber will then match you with a driver to take you to your destination.
And unlike with taxis, there’s no need to deal with cash — all payments occur within the Uber app. Furthermore, Uber uses a two-sided system of driver and customer reviews to ensure that all users of the Uber platform remain accountable for their actions.
With all these advantages, it’s no surprise that so many customers love using Uber and prefer it to taxis. But while Uber is a low-cost option compared to taking a taxi, it isn’t free. For this reason, having some Uber gift card credits to use can really help with the cost. But if you want to give someone an Uber gift card, how do you go about buying it? Keep reading to find out.
How to Buy Uber Gift Cards
Buying an Uber gift card is as easy as making any other kind of online or in-store purchase. That’s right: There are two ways to buy an Uber gift card. The first method is the one you’re probably more familiar with. You can find Uber gift cards at most grocery stores, drug stores, and other places that sell gift cards. All you have to do in that case is pick the gift card for the amount you want, buy it, and give it to the intended recipient.
But what if you don’t have access to a store that sells Uber gift cards? Or what if you just want to buy an Uber gift card from the comfort of your home? In that case, you’ll need to buy an Uber gift card online. This process requires a couple more steps than buying a gift card in a physical store, but it’s still quite easy.
To buy an Uber gift card online, just follow these steps:
1. Visit the Uber Gift Card Website
To get things started, go to the Uber gift card page on the Uber website. Once you’re there, click the button that says “Buy Online.”
2. Enter the Recipient’s Name and Your Name
Next, you’ll see a screen like the one below:
Here, you’ll need to enter the name of the person you’re giving the gift card to, as well as your name. Once you’ve done that, click “Pick a gift card” to continue to the next step.
3. Choose the Type of Gift Card
Now, you’ll need to choose whether you want to send a physical or digital gift card. You’ll do this on a screen that looks like the following:
Click on either “Send a digital card” or “Send a physical card” to continue to the next step.
4. Choose Your Card’s Design
Regardless of the selection you made in the last step, you’ll need to choose the gift card design you want. For a physical gift card, you have just one choice:
For digital gift cards, on the other hand, you have a few more options:
5. Choose the Amount
Now, choose the gift card balance that you want to add. You have the following options:
Note that you can also enter a custom amount, and you can buy more than one gift card at once.
6. Add a Personalized Message
You can now add a message to accompany your gift card. You only have 250 characters, so don’t write a letter.
7. Schedule Your Gift Card Delivery
The final step is to schedule when your friend or family member will receive the gift card. You can get pretty specific with your delivery options, as you can see below:
8. Purchase the Gift Card
Once you’ve made all the selections above, all that’s left is to pay for your gift card. Just follow the checkout procedure, as shown below:
How to Redeem Uber Gift Cards
If someone has decided to gift Uber rides to you, then you’re probably eager to take the gift code from the card and turn it into Uber credits that you can use for your next trip.
Luckily, it’s an easy process to redeem an Uber gift card to use for your next Uber ride. It only takes a few simple steps:
- Open the Uber app
- Tap the “Payment” menu item of your Uber account
- Tap “Pin/Gift Code” (you’ll find this below where it says “Add funds”)
- Enter the gift card code
That’s all there is to it. You’re now ready to take an Uber ride for a nice discount. Of course, you should be aware that in order for you to use an Uber gift card to pay for a ride, you need to have a secondary payment method in your account.
This can be a credit card, debit card, or even another method like Venmo. The important thing is that you have a different payment method on file so that you can still pay for your ride if your gift card balance isn’t sufficient to cover it.
Uber Gift Card FAQ
To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions about Uber gift cards.
1. Can I use Uber gift cards for Uber Eats?
Yes, you can. From Uber’s perspective, it’s all the same. You will need to add the gift card separately in the Uber Eats app, however. To do this, just follow the same steps as above but for the Uber Eats app.
2. Do Uber gift cards expire?
No, Uber gift cards do not expire. As long as the Uber service exists, you can use them.
3. Is there a maximum Uber gift card amount?
The maximum amount you can put on an Uber gift card is $500.
4. Can I use Uber gift cards for any level of Uber service?
Yes. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking an UberX, UberXL, UberBLACK, or any other type of Uber ride. You can use an Uber gift card to pay for all of them.
5. Are Uber gift cards valid in other countries?
You aren’t just limited to using Uber gift cards in the United States. You can use them in any country where Uber operates.
6. Can I add value to an existing Uber gift card?
Unfortunately, you can’t visit Uber online to add to your existing gift card balance. Once you’ve used up a gift card, it’s gone.
Use Uber Gift Cards to Gift and Save
We hope this guide has helped you understand all the benefits of using an Uber gift card, as well as how to give and use them. If you’re looking for more information on how to take your first Uber ride, check out this guide.