Are Uber Flat Fares Too Good To Be True? #RidePass

Uber’s Flat Fare Ride Package (now called Ride Pass) is available in ten major cities now including Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. You can get access to these really cheap rides by paying a one-time activation fee of $5 to $20 then riding flat-fare rides of only $5.99 to $20 for 40 flat-fare rides. The flat fares vary by city, but overall, they’re dirt cheap. UberPool rides start at just $1.99, and UberX rides start at $3.99.

An example would be in Dallas where they are charging $5 to activate the flat fare for 30 days then it’s only $5.99 a ride. Dallas seems to be one of the cheaper cities so that we have seen. We mean ridiculously cheap.

If you haven’t yet signed up for Uber then you can save even more towards your next ride. Register here to get a $20 credit for Uber towards a Free Ride. Use promotion code “UberVip4me

How Cheap Are Uber’s Flat Fares?

You must choose a city to activate your flat-fare deal so do not expect these fares on vacation in another city unless you sign up for that city as well. Also, your rides must stay within your city’s designated zone, and some airports are excluded from those areas. For example, in Dallas the DFW and Dallas Love Field are regular price and do not include the Flat-Fare Pricing. You’ll pay your activation fee immediately, but your special pricing will stay active for 30 days (or until you use all your rides).

Here’s the full list of fares. Don’t forget to add that activation fee of either $5, $10 or $20 when doing your own math:

  • Boston: $4.99 UberX rides
  • Chicago: $4.49 UberX rides
  • Dallas: $5.99 UberX rides
  • Los Angeles:$3.99 UberX rides
  • Miami: $4.99 UberX rides
  • New York City:  $5.99 UberX rides
  • San Diego: $4.99 UberX rides
  • San Francisco: $4.99 UberX rides
  • Seattle: $4.49 UberX rides
  • Washington, D.C.: $4.49 UberX rides

Should You Pay Upfront for Cheap Uber Rides?

Absolutely. One ride would probably pay for the offer to make it worth it. The designated flat-fare zones are wide and cover most of the areas people go clubbing in or practically anywhere but the airports. We have yet to test out if drivers get alerted on the flat fares and may not pick you up because maybe they make less money? That would seem to be the main issue of if they try and add on surge pricing. Even if you take a few rides on Uber a month and go over 10 miles this seems like a good deal compared to their normal UberX pricing especially without any other offers going on right now with partners such as Quicksilver. We really have to wonder how Uber is able to make these rides so cheap for 30 days!

My personal experience is that I have saved over $300 using Ride Pass (formerly flat fares). I honestly am not sure how Uber is making any money from my trips. Uber certainly makes money when I travel because you can only get the Ride Pass in one city during a certain sign-up time each month I have noticed. I have marked my calendar each month to look for the Ride Pass in my app so I don’t miss it.

Dallas Area Update – July 31, 2017: I’ve saved over $924 using the Ride Pass in the Dallas area. This comes out to over $155 a month with only paying $5 for each 28 day pass. Uber has also offered me the pass one day before August so that I can continue saving only raising the price of the rides $1. The price before was $5.99 and now it’s $6.99. I imagine they will raise it each month because they are ultimately losing money on frequent users such as myself. See below for my total savings and what the email looks like you would receive to activate the Ride Pass each month:

Discover Card Double Cash Back Promotion for 10% Cash Back Rotating Categories And 2% Everywhere Else (New & Existing Customers)

2015DiscoverDoubleBest credit card promotion of the summer goes to Discover IT credit cards. They are offering a deal you cannot refuse. Get ready to switch ALL of your bills and make ALL of your purchases on Discover card. The original credit card in the world known for cash back is doubling the the cash back bonus for Discover it cardholders for their next 12 statement cycles.

What all is included in this huge offer from Discover?
10% cash back in rotating categories
2% cash back on all purchases (Double Cash Back)

Discover Deals should also be doubled according to a rep

Update 2017: This promotion is still running for Double Cash Back. You can sign-up here.
NO EARNING LIMITS (more…)

Chipotle: Buy One Get One Free

Chipotle: Buy One Get One Free

Chipotle is offering a Buy One Get One Free Burrito, Salad, Bowl, or Tacos with the coupon. This is done with their partner Savorwavs where you make a musical mix of your order. Yes, they even talked about this earlier today on CNBC and played their tunes. If you add sour cream the mix gets quite entertaining but do not spend too much time on it if you are at work. (more…)

Save $40 for Boxed.com New Customers and $25 Existing!

Save $40 for Boxed.com New Customers and $25 Existing!

One of my favorite Amex Offers is back again! While last time you received a $25 statement credit on a $65+ purchase at Boxed.com, this go around it is the same $25 statement credit but on a $75+ purchase. And the best thing is that this offer is available via Twitter, so everyone is eligible and you can take advantage of this offer on every single American Express card you own! This offer expires September 30, 2017.

  1. Make sure you have synced your AMEX Card with a Twitter account.
  2. Register your Amex card to this promotion by Tweeting: Click Here to Tweet #AmexBoxed to get $25  statement credit on a purchase of $75 or more at Boxed.
  3. If you are new to Boxed.com, sign up here to save $15 on your first Boxed order of $60 or more. This is a stackable promo you can use so you save $40 in total if you are new to Boxed when spending over $75 for the total order. They sell everything from food to kitchen appliances and cases of energy drinks.

Boxed also runs coupon codes and offers a rewards program for AMEX card members meaning you get around 2% back on each order so your account will have money in it waiting for the next order. Some coupon codes I have used lately are SAVEUP10 (10% off), GETBULK (15% off), JULY17 (17% off). You can try these and see if they will work or do some googling for Boxed Promo Codes and check your emails from them they send out Graduation, Back to School. and holiday codes all the time.

Background on Boxed:

Boxed.com also offers 2-day shipping via FedEx and front-door delivery of fresh produce in select cities.  I am a pleased Boxed customer, but, have recently found myself shopping at Jet primarily because of their larger product selection.

 

  • 2-Day shipping on every order
  • Free shipping on first order
  • No membership fee
  • “Boxed for Business” accounts save an additional 10% on each order
  • 2 free samples with each order!
  • No Sales Tax!

Both Jet and Boxed fall into the online shopping club category. This means their direct competitors are Costco and Amazon. One large exception is that neither charges a membership fee like Costco or Amazon’s Prime program that cost $55 and $99, respectively. This is a big win-win when it comes to maximizing savings due to the lack of recurring expenses for Jet & Boxed, if you do not need additional services like digital streaming or buying discounted gasoline.

Uber $1 Rebate Per Ride With Ibotta App + $5 Bonus with 3 Rides

Uber $1 Rebate Per Ride With Ibotta App + $5 Bonus with 3 Rides

Ibotta is one of my go-to apps to coupon these days. The days of cutting coupons should be over for most as it’s too time consuming. The smartphone app lets you earn cashback when you purchase anything from grocery items to electronics to meals.

New on the Ibotta app is a $1 rebate when you take an Uber ride. We use Uber frequently on our travels which saves us from all the hassles of rental cars and fees.

To earn the $1 cash back, download Ibotta (YOU GET $10 to start you off with Referral Code UNCVEUI) AND Uber app, open Ibotta and search for Uber under stores. You’ll then need to click on Uber, which will open your Uber app THROUGH the Ibotta app when you are ready to hail a car.

You’ll need to take your Uber ride within three hours of opening Uber through the Ibotta app to earn your $1. This is only valid for rides in the U.S. You may realize $1 is not a lot, but it adds up when you use Ibotta or Uber a lot. You can also stack this Ibotta $1 and $5 bonus offers with existing Uber Ride Passes and Starwood points earned with the app. (more…)

Hot AMEX Offers: $30 Off Marriott Stay, $5 Five Guys, $10 CPK

It’s already been an amazing year for savings via American Express offers especially with the Hilton branded hotel chain where we have already saved big money on stays. AMEX Offers has had amazing offers with Hilton’s Embassy Suites and another travel favorites such as Air France and Virgin Atlantic. You can book your travel for the Summer Travel season and not have to worry about blackout dates using these offers.

40,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after you spend $750 in the first 3 months.

80,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points.

A new Amex Offers promotion just came out where you can get a $60 statement credit with a $300+ purchase at a Hilton Hotel and Resort or Curio Collection hotel. This is a great promotion where you can essentially get up to 20% off your hotel stay! There are also a ton of other Hilton Amex promotions that I wrote about below.

Here’s How to Enroll in the $30 Back From A Marriott Hotel Stay:
Click Here to Tweet #AmexMarriott to get $30 back when you Spend $150+ at a Marriott Hotels location in the US, PR, or USVI. Must book directly with Marriott before Halloween. You can always sign-in to your AMEX account online and see if the offer is available if you do not have Twitter under “Amex Offers For You”.

$5 Savings at Five Guys Burgers
Click Here to Tweet Five Guys and AMEX to get a $5 statement credit when you spend $20+ before 9/4/2017.

$30 Savings at Best Buy
Click Here to Tweet #AmexBestBuy for a $30 statement credit at Best Buy when you spend over $300. Expires 9/10/2017. You could Purchase a Best Buy gift card in-store to use at a future time. Valid online or in-store (not valid for online e-gift cards).

$20 Credit From La Quinta Hotels
Click Here to Tweet #AmexLaQuinta for those who stay at La Quinta Hotels and Spend $100+, get a $20 statement credit. Expires 9/10/2017

$10 at CPK Pizza!
Click Here to Tweet #AmexCPK to get free money back at California Pizza Kitchen when you Spend $40+, get a $10 statement credit. Expires 9/10/2017. Tip: Purchase a gift card at the restaurant to use at a future time.

Petco.com: Spend $50+, get a $15 statement credit. Expires 9/30/2017
Tweet: #AmexPetco
Bobbi Brown: Spend $50+, get a $10 statement credit. Expires 8/17/2017.
Tweet: #AmexBobbiBrown
Levi’s: Spend $125+, get a $25 statement credit. Expires 9/10/2017
Tweet: #AmexLevis
eBags: Spend $75+, get a $15 statement credit. Expires 9/30/2017.
Tweet: #AmexeBags
Boston Market: Spend $25+, get a $5 statement credit. Expires 9/4/2017.
Tip: Purchase a gift card at the restaurant to use at a future time.
Hilton UK: Spend $500+, get a $100 statement credit. Expires 10/31/2017.
Tip: This is valid for Hilton properties only in the UK.
World’s Leading Cruise Line: Spend $500+, get a $100 statement credit. Expires 12/31/2017.

Top 7 Heaviest Credit Cards #LuxuryCards #Sapphire #Travel

Top 7 Heaviest Credit Cards #LuxuryCards #Sapphire #Travel

Sometimes nothing really makes sense. We have have our entire lives tried to throw out heavy change when we have it in our pockets being one of the main reasons we have switched to credit cards. Now there is a battle brewing over who has the heaviest credit card. Pretty soon if they get any heavier you will need a trainer to carry around the weights. These cards are definitely cool to look at but I am not so sure I want to carry too many of these around in my wallet just to show off. I would much rather use Apple Pay and get the transaction over with. Heavy seems to be the new Black with some card owners who love to show off their credit card fashion before it all goes digital.

Plastic credit cards normally weigh around 5g while the heaviest of luxury cards starts out at 28g. Some of these are made with plastic and some of metal.

#1: Chase Ritz Carlton weighs 28g with a heavy annual fee of $450. You at least get some elite benefits and possible free hotel nights to keep your heavy card inside. (more…)

5% Bonus Categories for Summer 2017

5% Bonus Categories for Summer 2017

Everyone should always have one of the credit cards that earn 5% back on bonus categories that rotate quarterly. If you are a Chase Freedom, Discover It, Citi Dividend, or US Bank Cash+ review card holder you can now activate your quarterly rewards for July, August, and September bonus categories.

1. Chase Freedom – 5% Back at Restaurant and Movie Theaters
Restaurant might be the favorite bonus category for many people. Don’t forget to use this card when you eat out!

The Chase Freedom has a quarterly cap of $1500 in spend on 5x categories per account. If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards earned with the Freedom to the CSR and transfer to travel partners, or redeem at 1.5 cents/point towards travel effectively making this 7.5% back.

2. Discover IT – 5% Back at Restaurants or 10% Back for New Cardholders

Restaurants is my favorite 5% back category because I dine out a lot and you can use this for bars and nightclubs which can be expensive and add up fast. I do not mind that Chase Freedom has the same category during these months because I max out both cards with the $1,500 spend with “dining.” Remember that all new Discover IT cardholders will earn a double bonus on cash back earned in the first 12 months of card membership, including on cash back earned in bonus categories, making quarterly category spend worth 10% cash back in the first year.

Father’s Day Free & Discounted Offers

Father’s Day Free & Discounted Offers

Father’s Day is just around the corner and what is better than taking your Dad out for a treat for the big day? We have included restaurants that are giving out food freebies and discounts that your father would love.

Father’s Day Freebies 2017

New! LiveNation buy 3 concert tickets, Dad gets in Free. Basically a 20% off of 4 tickets at LiveNation.com.

Abuelo’s: Dads receive a free gift. Gifts in the past included a coupon for free queso.

Arooga’s: All dads will receive a free meal.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s: Dads eat free, with the purchase of equal or greater value of $10.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Get a free five-piece chicken tenders order with purchase of adult entree.

Claddagh Irish Pub: Dads eat free, with the purchase of another entree. (more…)

CVS Curbside Pickup: $10 off $10 Coupon for New Users

CVS Curbside Pickup: $10 off $10 Coupon for New Users

CVS Pharmacy offers new users of Curbside Pickup $10 off $10+ when you apply promo code CVSCURBFLASH1010 at checkout. Place your order Online or via the Mobile App.

  1. 1st-time Curbside users can either goto CVS.com or open their mobile app and start the order.
  2. Enter Zip code to find your store. Note: Not every CVS offers the Curbside Pickup locations but it will ask you your zip code to proceed.
  3. Add $10 or more worth of merchandise to your cart
  4. You can STACK this with other coupons. I was able to stack mine with this weeks 30% off email coupon sent to me. I was pleasantly surprised to see them add in the 30% off. Do this before you go to Checkout.
  5. In cart, apply promo code CVSCURBFLASH1010
  6. You should see $10 subtracted from the total.
  7. After you check out they will text you a link to complete your order.
  8. When the order is ready to be picked up they will send you a scannable image.
  9. Reply “Here” after parking close to the store entrance and in my case they brought out the order promptly.

Don’t want to drive to CVS? There’s an app for that. Postmates is offering $100 in free deliveries for 7 days but you cannot use this CVS Curbside $10 off and you have to pay full price.

Disclaimer:

Offer available on first curbside pickup order only, available in select stores on select products.. Expires 5/4/17 at 11:59 PM ET. To receive discount off your purchase, enter Coupon Code at Checkout. Savings are not transferable. No cash back. Tax charged on pre-coupon price where required. Requires valid mobile phone number with smartphone and location services. In the event of suspected fraud or abuse, CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to modify or terminate this offer.