Try Uber for FreeAre you an American Express cardholder who’s new to Uber? If so, you’re in luck because American Express (a NextAdvisor advertiser) wants to pay for your first ride. From now through July 31, 2018, American Express cardholders can get up to $30 off their first Uber ride by following the steps below. Before we dig into the details, we should note that only American Express credit card or charge card holders can take advantage of this offer, as prepaid cards and gift cards are not eligible.

How to get your first Uber ride for free with your American Express card

Getting your first ride for free is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Here’s what you have to do:

1. Download the Uber app. You can either do this through your phone’s app store, or text UBERAPP to 86509.

2. Connect your American Express card. Tap the “Payment” menu to set an eligible American Express card as your payment method. If you don’t already have an American Express credit card and aren’t sure which ones are the best, we listed our top picks below.

3. Enter the promo code UBERAMEX and request a ride in the U.S. If you aren’t ready for your first ride, add the code to the app and you can use it for a future ride.

What if I don’t have an American Express credit card?

Only American Express cardholders can take advantage of this offer, but if you’re in the market for a new card, it may be worth looking into an American Express card, as most cards not only offer intro bonuses, but they also offer rewards and perks that make the card valuable long after you’ve received the sign-up perks. Don’t believe us? Here are two of the best American Express credit cards we review.

Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express

first uber ride for freeThe Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express is a real money maker. That’s because it earns a whopping 6% back at U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000/year in purchases, then it’s 1% back), 3% back at U.S. gas stations and select U.S. department stores and 1% on all other purchases. On top of that, when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening, you’ll get a $200 statement credit bonus. As if that isn’t enough, the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express has a 12-month 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers (with a $10 or 3% balance transfer fee, whichever is greater) and a number of travel perks, including car rental loss and damage insurance, global assist hotline, roadside assistance and travel accident insurance. The card does have a $95 annual fee, but it’s still worth it for frequent grocery shoppers, as spending just $500 on groceries every month, a pretty easy task for most families, will earn you $360 for the year.

Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express

first uber ride for freePrefer to avoid an annual fee? If so, the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express is probably a better option for you, as it still earns impressive cash back rewards without the annual fee. You’ll earn 3% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000/year in purchases, then it’s 1% back), 2% back at U.S. gas stations and select U.S. supermarkets as well as 1% on all other purchases. What’s more, after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months, you’ll get $150 back as a statement credit. The Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express, one of the cards in my wallet, also has no annual fee and a 15-month 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers (with a $10 or 3% balance transfer fee, whichever is greater). Rounding out the card are the same travel perks as its previously-mentioned sister card.

Want to learn more about these cards and other cards from American Express? Check out our reviews of the best American Express credit cards. You’ll also want to check out our Pre-Qualification Tool to not only find out if you pre-qualify for an American Express credit card, but also to see if you qualify for a special offer.

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