Take An Uber, Get A Free BOGO Coupon From Starbucks!

Now through December 9th, if you take an Uber ride you’ll receive a buy one get one free drink coupon redeemable at Starbucks.  It’s part of Uber’s “Week of Cheers”.  And, drivers can also earn Starbucks gift cards if they earn enough tips from drivers.  Uber’s blog has all the details:

The holidays can be a hectic time of year. Between gift shopping, home decorating, and merry making, we sometimes need a reason to just be there for friends and loved ones. That’s why this holiday season, Uber and Starbucks® want you to share a moment—and a beverage—with those who are most important to you.

During the Week of Cheers, December 3–9, take a trip or give a ride and receive an exclusive coupon from Starbucks to buy one drink, get one free to share, good for any handcrafted beverage at participating locations after 2pm. Customers can receive up to one coupon per day, and up to three total.

Plus when riders spread holiday cheer by leaving a tip this week, they can help their driver earn a Starbucks eGift Card as an extra thank you from Uber:*

  • Earn 5-9 tips and receive a $5 Starbucks eGift Card
  • Earn 10-19 tips and receive a $10 Starbucks eGift Card
  • Earn 20+ tips and receive a $20 Starbucks eGift Card

I didn’t actually know this was a thing until I hopped in an Uber today and got an e-mail shortly thereafter:

The Final Two Pennies

I like a free cup of Starbucks as much as the next person.  I do have to say I wasn’t thrilled to see that Uber is encouraging drivers to earn tips so they can earn free Starbucks.  I want great Uber drivers, don’t get me wrong.  But, Uber started as a service where the tip was included.  I understand why Uber wanted to allow for the option of tipping.  Some drivers really do go above and beyond.  But, some drivers solicit tips in a very aggressive manner.  I hope that a $20 Starbucks gift card isn’t enough incentive to fuel more of that behavior.

At least I’ll have a free drink in my hand…..

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  1. My experience- Tipping first, I am generally a generous tipper. Uber Drivers are paid a larger percentage of the ride unless they are driving for someone else. In the US, most of the tip suggestions come up to show 10-15 or 20 % in other countries it is a fixed number usually around 5 euro or where ever you may be. The US was also this way until recently. Now I fast forward to a recent trip, I was traveling from home (near Philadelphia) to EWR, I normally rent a Hertz car one way. (with my platinum status, they will drive me to the gate). this time the one way rental was 150 plus fuel plus tolls. I decided I should take Uber, Uber was also over $150.00 USD. I then for the first second time ever chose Lyft, the cost was $120 and I still tipped $20.00 because I liked the driver. I then got a $10.00 credit from Lyft ( I have no idea why). even without the credit I would have still felt I needed to tip $20.00 with Uber and the ride would have been $170. Lesson learned, compare prices.

    One more observation, I set this as a scheduled pickup. Uber was 130 at first when I scheduled the pick up they became more expensive. Lyft was always a scheduled pickup.

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