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Uber has replaced taxis for me. I always use the app for airport pickups and safely getting around on weekeend nights.

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Uber is the world’s best taxi service because it has clean, courteous drivers and the easiest ride-ordering app imaginable. Tap, tap, tap, and a car whose progress you can track towards you is on its way.

For many months, Uber has offered a massive $30 off your first ride to new users who sign up through a referral link. (Sign up with mine and I’ll also get one free ride up to $30. Leave your referral link in the comments if you’d like.)

That offer ends November 23, 2014.

  • What will the new offer be?
  • When do you need to sign up and ride by to get the current offer?

The new offer will be $20 off your first ride. That’s still enough for a completely free ride for most of my Uber trips on uberX, the lowest-cost service, but obviously $30 is better.

Based on my past experience with Uber changing the referral link, I believe you will need to sign up and ride by the end of this weekend to get $30 off your ride.

If you sign up now but wait until December to take your first ride, you will get the then-current first ride bonus of only $20 off your first ride.

More About Uber

Uber is an app on your smart phone on which you request a taxi or private car to pick you up.

The in-app map shows you nearby cars and tells you how long you’ll have to wait. You can input your destination and get an estimated price.

Once you get dropped off, you rate your driver. Bad drivers are fired, so you are extremely likely to get a good driver. And if you don’t, customer service is extremely responsive.

Let’s list the ways Uber is better than your local cab company:

  1. Easier and faster to order a cab. No calling in and waiting on hold.
  2. More accurate timetable given for pick up. I hate when the taxi operator tells me she’s sending the “next available” cab. How long will that be?
  3. You can get an estimate of the price in advance.
  4. Uber drivers are more likely to drive a clean, not smelly car in my experience.
  5. Your credit card is saved on file. There is no added tip for most Uber services, and you can set your tip percentage for uberTAXI on uber.com. No need to carry any cash.

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