As someone who is a frequent Uber and Lyft user, I was intrigued when learned about the Freebird app last week. Freebird is an app available for iPhone and Android that works with your Uber account to reward you with points cash back for Uber rides to and from restaurants, bars, and retail stores that you might already be taking.
The best part of it all is that you can get more than $35 in free rides (in the form of actual cash back that deposits into your checking account) when signing up.
To get started, download the app and head to the promo code section. If you add someone’s referral code in there, you’ll start with $10 in ride credit (in the form of two $5 credits for each of your first two rides). My referral code is DEB99.
Then enter code FREERIDE for an automatic $25 off your first ride.
The ride prices are the same when requesting a ride through Freebird vs requesting an Uber directly.
Putting Freebird to the Test
Last weekend I was meeting some travel friends in town for drinks, and I decided to put the app to the test. I requested a $21.29 ride from my home through my Freebird app to the restaurant where we were all meeting. And as soon as the ride completed, I saw that I was able to cash out for $26.29 ($5 for first ride from using someone’s referral + $21.29 from the ride ride credit of up to $25).
Additionally, I also noticed I could earn points for connecting my Uber account (500), linking a credit card (1,000), linking a cashout debit card (1,000), and visiting a participating establishment (250). Once you accumulate 5,000 points by completing activities, you can cash out for another $10.
I love earning points and extra money for things I already do anyway in life, so I’ll certainly be requesting a ride through the Freebird app whenever I’m headed to a participating establishment.
What are your thoughts? Have you used Freebird before?