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This article was published on October 26, 2017


Uber’s launched a new credit card, and I can’t wait to get one

Uber’s launched a new credit card, and I can’t wait to get one
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Call me a shill, but I’m genuinely excited for Uber’s new Visa credit card, which will be available across the US from November 2.

There’s no annual fee, and you’ll earn reward points for all your online and offline purchases, with spends on dining and airfare bringing in even more points than usual.

There are other benefits, like no foreign transaction fees, $50 credit towards streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, and you’ll earn $100 after spending $500 on purchases within 90 days of getting your card.

The reason I’m chuffed about it is that you can redeem all those reward points towards Uber rides. As someone who’s keen on never owning a car in my lifetime, I’d be happy to find ways to offset the costs of my cab rides. If that means signing up to use an Uber-branded card, I’m on board.

Of course, you might be concerned about what sort of data Uber will be able to add to your profile now that it knows what you’re spending money on. The company told Engadget that only the issuing bank, Barclays, would get access to that information; all Uber will get is the aggregate amounts of money spent using these cards, and how many Uber credits each customer has earned from reward points.

It isn’t clear when or if Uber’s card will arrive in other countries; we’ve contacted the company to learn more and will update this post if there’s a response.

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