Barclays and Uber have announced new details about their upcoming co-branded credit card including the official launch date, card name and benefits.
British bank Barclays and ride-sharing company Uber have announced new details about their upcoming co-branded credit card – including the official launch date, card name and benefits.
Slated to launch Nov. 2, 2017, the Uber Visa card will offer 4 percent back on dining (including UberEats), 3 percent back on hotels and airfare, 2 percent back on online purchases (including Uber) and 1 percent back on all other purchases. Additionally, the card will pay cardholders a $100 sign-up bonus after spending $500 in the first three months of card membership.
Additional card benefits include:
- No annual fee – You will not be charged a yearly fee to use this card.
- $50 credit – Get up to $50 in credit for online subscription services when you spend $5,000 on your card each year.
- Cellphone insurance – Receive up to $600 in damage and theft protection when you pay your mobile phone bill using your card.
- No foreign transaction fees – Pay no foreign transaction fees for purchases made outside the U.S.
- Exclusive invites – Receive access to exclusive events and offers in select U.S. cities.
|UBER VISA CARD|
Why use it?
Those who eat out frequently can benefit from the card’s generous rewards on dining. The card is also ideal for travelers, offering 3% back on hotels and airfare and 2% back on Uber rides – all without charging foreign transaction fees.
|Estimated Yearly Rewards Value ($15,900 spend)|
According to the The Associated Press, Uber will be the first major ride-sharing company to launch a co-branded credit card. Not far behind, rival Lyft reportedly is also working to create a credit card of its own.
Lyft currently has a partnership with Delta that rewards customers with miles through a loyalty program, not a credit card.
Targeting the Uber customer
By offering bonus points on popular categories such as dining, travel and online shopping, the Uber Visa attempts to cater to the spending habits of Uber customers. The card’s in-app capabilities also appeal to Uber customers by providing a seamless experience to earn and redeem rewards. According to global head of business and corporate development at Uber, David Richter, the card is “not only custom-tailored to reward our customers’ everyday lifestyle, but is also fully integrated into the Uber app experience.”
Customers can apply for the Uber Visa online or through the Uber app. Upon approval, the card can be added to the cardholder’s Uber wallet and instantly be used to purchase Uber rides and earn rewards. The physical card will arrive in the mail within seven to 10 days.
Comparing dining rewards cards
While there are several cards that offer cash back on dining purchases, finding one that offers cash back at a rate of 4 percent is rare. See how the Uber Visa card compares to other dining rewards cards in the table below.
|CARDS THAT OFFER BONUSES ON DINING|
|Credit card||Rewards rate||Sign-up bonus||Annual fee|
|Uber Visa card||$100 after $500 spend in first 90 days||$0|
|AARP Credit Card from Chase||$200 after $500 spend in first 3 months||$0|
|PNC Cash Rewards Visa||$100 after $1,000 spend in first 3 months||$0|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||50,000 points after $4,000 spend in first 3 months||$450|
|NFCU Go Rewards||None||$0|
For Uber riders interested in a premium credit card with elite travel rewards, there’s a solution as well. In March 2017, the Platinum card from American Express launched several updates, including “Uber Rides with Platinum.” The feature gives Platinum card members up to $200 in Uber credits per year for rides in the U.S., as well as Uber VIP status where available. But keep in mind that this benefit comes with a card with a hefty $550 annual fee.