Free Rideshare Promo Codes: Uber, Lyft, Flywheel, Gett, Sidecar, Silvercar

uberscreenUpdated. 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 $20 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 $5 off your first ride until with this special link or promo code 27A8AP.
  • Gett – Black car service in NYC only plus some international cities (yellow taxi coming soon). Get $20 free credit with promo code GTJONAT17. For the rest of 2014, all Gett rides within Manhattan are a flat $10 plus tip. Any time, any day.
  • 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.
    When you use Sidecar from 6am–1pm on weekdays, a $2 Trip Token will be dropped in your account to automatically discount the next ride you take that day before midnight.
  • Summon (formerly Instacab) – Taxi and community driver service in San Francisco and East Bay currently. Get $5 free credit by entering referral code JPING after you download the app or use this special link (Value of credit should be noted on the page). Flat fares to SFO ($35), OAK ($50) and SJC ($120).
  • Silvercar – Rental car app, with the only choice being a silver Audi A4. AUS, DAL, DFW, LAX, PHX, SFO. Get a $100 when you are referred by an existing member, here are the details. sign up form with promo code JPING.

I have tried out all of these codes myself as of mid-2014. 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.


  1. I tried LYFT and despite it showing as available in my city, I have yet to find a single driver. I think their mobile app is the best, though!

    • Sammy d Mann says:

      I guess you haven’t tried Sidecar yet?? They have a Super App!! All the bells and whistles and they tell the driver where you are going and an exact amount of the what the ride will cost!

      Wonderful app all the way around, and their drivers are the best! I’ve taken numerous rides since the early part of this year and love them way over lyft and uber.

      Thanks for your blog.

  2. I wish there was an app to integrate all available services and then summon based on price or proximity.

    Also so you can summon only drivers who don’t freak out when you bring a pet (in a carrier) inside their cars.

  3. New and existing Uber customers can also add the promo code 10r62014 to their account and get an additional $10 ride credit (expires 7/10/14). This stacks with the referral credit above, so grab that first and then use this limited-time promo code.

  4. SLICKDEALS code dosen’t seem to work on Lyft

  5. Just used your Lyft promo code tonight. My first experience was excellent. I also used your Uber code and will try that next month when I’m on a business trip. Very happy with my first experience. I like this business model. Hopefully it works out in the long run!

  6. The sidecar referral code was 5$ only.

  7. Hi Jonathan, love your blog. I’ll be in Italy in a couple of weeks. I’d like to try Uber. Do you know if the code will work in other countries or is it just for the USA?

    • Hi Cynthia, to be honest I am not 100% sure. On Uber’s site it says “Uber credit will be applied to fares billed in the corresponding currency. Example: Uber credit value in USD will only be applied to fares billed in USD.”

      So if you want to use in Euro, I’m assuming you have to sign up for the account in Europe and pick Euros as your default currency? That way you get your Uber credit in Euros? I’m not sure how that works, sorry.

      • Hi,

        That is correct. I’m using my American credit card (my uber trips are getting charged in $), but some of my friends in India have been using my Uber promo codes. Unfortunately, I cannot use these promo rides since they’re getting charged in INR and I’m getting charged in USD on my credit card. The only option I have to use an Indian m-wallet (PayTM) and charge my trips from that wallet to avail of my free rides (so my rides would be charged in INR, and credited from the promo credits I’ve earned from my Indian friends).


  8. I have been reading lots of articles and blogs about Uber and Lyft and I really want to try this one day. Thanks for sharing this one Jonathan!

  9. Hi Jonathan, I’ve been following your blog for some time now. Really appreciate your work! :)
    I had used your Uber code when I signed up for Uber and I had a question about that – do you get notified or can you see who all have used your promo code? How can you check how much credit you’ve earned through referring Uber? Does it just appear under the credit section?

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