Summoning a car with your smartphone is all the rage. Most of these startups are offering some form of bonus credit for first-time users. If you live in a major metro area, this can quickly add up to a decent amount of free rides. I’ve only used Uber up to now, but it was a very easy experience.
- Uber – Hail a car, taxi, black car, minivan, and more with your smartphone. Lots of cities. Get $30 off your first ride via this special link or promo code uberMYMONEYBLOG. UberX involves individuals driving their personal cars, the rest are professionals.
- Lyft – Hail a pink-mustached car driven by a private individual in their private car. Cities. Get $50 off your first ride with promo code SLICKDEALS. If that doesn’t work (some report expired), you can get a $25 ride credit via my referral link. If you live in a city where they are just starting out, you may also get a bunch of additional free rides for being a “Lyft Pioneer”.
- Flywheel – A taxi app that only hires “fully licensed, insured and professional” drivers. Cities. Get $20 off until 8/31/14, $15 usually your first ride with this special link or promo code 27A8AP.
- Gett – Black car service in NYC only (yellow taxi coming soon). Get $20 free credit with promo code GTJONAT17.
- Sidecar – “Sidecar allows riders to choose the vehicle, the driver
and the price, tailoring every ride for any occasion.” Cities. Get $10 free ride credit with promo code jdhmd. If that doesn’t work, get a $5 ride credit with my promotion code JONATHAN931 (supposedly $15 until end of the August, but a user reported only $5 as of 8/28/14.)
- Silvercar – Rental car app, with the only choice being a silver Audi A4. AUS, DAL, DFW, LAX, PHX, SFO. Get $50 off your first rental by June 30th, 2014 with promotion code AFF-FTD during booking. I’m not sure about stacking, but you can also get a $25 Visa gift card after your first rental if you use this sign up form with promo code JPING.
I have tried out all of these codes myself as of 6/22/14. Where the best deal is a referral code, I have included my own and will usually get a bounty of whatever you get (you get free ride, I get free ride). If my code isn’t the best deal, I posted the better deal instead. Thanks in advance if you use any of them.
Bonus: Get $25 credit towards any hotel stay booked through the Hotel Tonight app. Sign up online at this link with promo code JPING2 for $25 in credit (new customers only). Then download the Hotel Tonight app (Apple or Android). More info here.