Updated. 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.