Uber Partners With Retailers to Offer Customers Free Rides

The Uber Voucher program hopes to spur retail traffic with discounts and free rides.

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One of the premier ride-sharing apps has decided to share a little more with its users.

A new Uber promotion, known as Uber Vouchers, allows businesses like restaurants and sports venues to partner with the app and provide customers with discounted (and sometimes free) rides.

Planning on hitting a happy hour? A “designated driver” voucher from a restaurant means you can get home safely without the added expense of getting an Uber yourself. And if you’re heading to a sporting event or concert, the venue could provide discounted rides so you don’t have to worry about parking.

Businesses can offer these new Uber Vouchers “through email, social media and mobile messaging.” This means voucher offers will likely be easy to find once they’re available. From there, patrons simply apply the voucher to the “Payment” section of the Uber app.

Just note that vouchers may only apply to certain drop-off and pickup locations. Additionally, retailers may set them to expire after a certain amount of time.

Uber Vouchers don’t just benefit customers, either. The hope is that by offering convenient transportation through the program, businesses could spur more traffic to their location. It’s basically a win all around.

Uber started partnering with companies at the end of last year, and vouchers are already available in certain cities.

Depending on where you live, you may already have the option of an Uber ride to a TGI Fridays or Live Nation venue at a discount. Businesses interested in partnering with Uber can visit the Uber Vouchers page to learn more about the program.

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Mick Jacobs

If Carly Rae Jepsen and Sabrina Spellman raised a child, Mick Jacobs would be the result. He plays the saxophone, writes about music, and loves his hometown of Cleveland. His work appears in PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and Pretty Much Amazing, and his own site Secondhand Setlists covers the live music scene in Los Angeles. A proponent of happy hour, the mall, and public transit, Mick loves nothing more than a good deal.

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