Updated, added new $50 offer from Gett and $15 from Curb. 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 used Uber several times now, and it was a very pleasant experience.
Flywheel – $5 off your first ride until with this special link or promo code 27A8AP.
Gett – $50 ride credit with promo code GETTOCT50 (link). Black car service in NYC only. Expires 12/30/15. After that, you can try my referral code GTJONAT17 for $20 in free credit. Everyone can get $10 flat rides anywhere in Manhattan from 110th St to Battery Park.
Sidecar – $10 ride credit with promo code jdhmd. If that doesn’t work, get a $5 ride credit with my referral code JONATHAN931.
Summon (formerly Instacab) – $5 ride credit with referral code JPING or use this special link. Flat fares from anywhere in San Francisco to SFO ($35), OAK ($50) and SJC ($120).
Silvercar – $25 in Paypal when you sign up with referral code JPING or this special link and make a reservation. This is actually a rental car app, with the only choice being a silver Audi A4. Details.
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 have posted the better deal first. Let me know if you find a better confirmed deal. 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).