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American Express has an existing partnership with Uber in the form of credits that its Platinum Card offers cardholders on a monthly basis. Now that partnership is being expanded to give Platinum, Gold, and Green Card holders access to a new Uber benefit as well as to give Amex Gold Card holders access to Uber credits.
Uber Eats Pass Membership
Eats Pass is an Uber program that, for a monthly fee of $9.99, offers members the following:
- Unlimited $0 delivery fee on food orders
- 5% off restaurant orders over $15
- $0 delivery fee on grocery deliveries over $30 in select markets
With immediate effect, Amex Platinum, Gold, and Green Card holders can now sign up for a free 12-month Eats Pass membership. Cardholders are required to enroll by 31 December 2021 to be eligible for this benefit.
How To Enroll
- Download the latest version of the Uber Eats App
- Add your Platinum, Gold, or Green American Express Card to your account wallet
- Once your eligible card has been added, you can claim your complimentary Uber Eats Pass in the app and confirm your enrollment. The Eats Pass can be claimed at various points within the app including the checkout page prior to placing an Uber Eats order, or by clicking on the Eats Pass tab under your account details.
Bed aware that once the free 12-month membership period is over, the Eats Pass will start to auto-bill your credit card at the then-current monthly rate.
Amex Gold Card Will Offer Uber Credits
American Express has already announced (quietly) that the Amex Gold Card will be losing its $100/year airline fee credit benefit from 31 December 2021 but, from “early next year”, the card will now offer cardholders up to $120/year in Uber Cash credits ($10/month).
Just like the credit that’s offered with the Platinum Card, this Uber Cash credit can be used on Uber rides and Uber Eats orders within the United States and, just like the credits on the Platinum Card, these are credits that do not roll over from month to month – if you fail to use your $10 credit in any given month, it’s gone forever.
Amex Gold Card holders who want to take advantage of these credits should add their card to their wallets in the Uber App and they’ll be notified when their new credits are available.
Note: Although you have to have your Amex Gold Card linked to your Uber wallet to ensure that you get the monthly credits, you don’t have to pay with the Gold card to ensure that the credits are triggered. I get monthly credits courtesy of my Platinum Card but I pay for all my Uber trips using my Chase Sapphire Reserve Card (which offers 3 points/dollar for all travel spending).
How much value a cardholder gets out of the Eats Pass membership will, clearly, depend on how often they order food to be delivered, how often their orders exceed $15, and how much the eateries they usually order from charge in delivery fees.
Delivery fees in the Eats app appear to range, mostly, between $0.49 and $2.49 (a few establishments offer a $0 delivery fee while for some others the charge is over $2.49) so the savings on delivery fees are modest…but they could add up quickly for some people.
The same is true of the 5% discount on food orders. A $50 order will trigger a saving of $2.50 so if you also happen be ordering from an establishment where the delivery fee is $2.49, the Eats Pass membership will save you 10% – that’s a saving worth having.
Personally, I don’t order a lot of take-out food and when I do I usually collect it myself (because the eateries I like are all in my area) so the new Eats Pass membership isn’t particularly valuable to me. For others, however, this may well be a nice extra benefit to have and if you’re like a few of my neighbors (who have never used a grill or oven in their lives), it could turn out to be a nice money saver.
Amex Gold Uber Credits
Had Amex asked me to choose between a $100 annual airline fee credit and a $10/month Uber Cash credit I would have chosen the latter so, based on that, I have to say that the Amex Gold Card’s benefits just got marginally better. Naturally, it would have been preferable if Amex hadn’t removed the airline fee credit in the first place but given the choice between the two, I find the Uber credits easier to use (but I know others will disagree – YMMV).
Importantly, current cardholders (and anyone who is approved for the Amex Gold Card in the coming weeks and months) can actually have the best of both worlds – they’ll get the airline fee credit for 2021 and they’ll get the Uber credits when they launch early next year. Assuming the credits start appearing in January (and adding in the $120 of dining credits that the Gold Card also offers) that’s up to $340 of credits on a card that costs $250 (which isn’t bad).
The American Express Platinum, Gold, and Green Cards now all offer cardholders a 12-month complimentary Uber Eats Pass membership worth up to $120. In addition, Amex Gold Card holders are to be given up to $120 in Uber Cash credits per year ($10/month) from early 2021 but they are also set to lose their $100 airline fee credit from the end of next year.