Companies looking to gain an edge over their competitors by building user loyalty often use rewards to do so.
In Uber’s case, there’s Uber Blue both for drivers and riders. So, if you’re interested in learning more about it, here’s all you need to know!
What Is Uber Blue in 2023?
Uber Blue for riders is one of the tiers of the Uber Rewards program in 2023. Uber Blue is the entry-level tier for Uber Rewards and doesn’t have many benefits beyond turning your spending into points. On Uber Blue, your points are used to build up your total and get you to the next reward tier, Gold.
Read on to find out all you need to know about Uber Blue, including more on how it works, how to manage your status, what it means for drivers, and more!
What Is Uber Blue for Drivers?
Uber Blue for drivers is the entry-level tier for Uber Pro, a separate rewards program that gives access to different benefits.
When Uber Pro first launched, Blue was originally called Partner.
Unlike Uber Blue for riders, who can join whenever they want, the version for drivers has requirements they need to meet first.
Also, to unlock Uber Pro and join Blue, you’ll need to have a rating of at least 4.85 stars, an acceptance rate of 85% or higher, and a cancellation rate of 4% or lower.
Uber Blue for drivers also offers some benefits that vary depending on where you’re based but the ones that are standard across the board involve discounts on gas.
What Is the Uber Rewards Program?
Uber’s rewards program for customers is the same as the rewards program provided by any other company.
Customers sign up and rack up points by spending money with the company, and these points are used to unlock additional perks.
In Uber’s case, you earn points on both rides and Eats. These points grant you access to different tiers as follows:
- Uber Blue – 0 points, unlocked by enrolling into the rewards program
- Uber Gold – 500 points
- Uber Platinum – 2,500 points
- Uber Diamond – 7,500 points
For drivers, Uber’s rewards program is relegated to Uber Pro where they can earn points by completing specific tasks within a set time limit.
Does Uber Blue Cost Money?
Uber Blue doesn’t cost money when you sign up, and you don’t have to pay anything to maintain your status.
Also, because Uber Blue just means that you’re enrolled in the rewards program, you’ll only need to spend money on regular purchases to gain enough points to move to the next tier.
Is the Uber Rewards Program Free?
As stated in the section above, the Uber Rewards program is free to sign up for, and you’ll only need to spend money to build points.
As you move higher along the tiers, you’ll need to spend more money in order to build points and maintain your status.
When you get to higher tiers, you’ll have to spend more money for more points to ensure you keep the benefits you’ve unlocked.
How Do I Get Points On Uber Blue?
As an Uber Blue member, you can get points by spending money on Uber rides and Eats but only on certain types of payments.
You earn points on Uber Blue as follows:
- 1 point per dollar – Eats orders, Pool, and Express Pool rides
- 2 points per dollar – Uber X, XL, Assist/WAV, Pet, Connect, Select, and Comfort rides
- 3 points per dollar – Black, Black SUV, and Green rides
You can’t earn points through the following:
- Scooter, bike, and taxi rides
- Tips to drivers and delivery people
- Cancellation fees
- Parts of trips covered by promotions
- Parts of trips covered by someone else when you split fares
- Fees unrelated to the trip, such as cleaning and damage fees
- Upfront buys of subscription passes, Uber Cash, and credits
In as much as you earn points by spending money, Uber Rewards has a requirement that says you can only earn through “eligible dollars,” defined as ones that fall within the first list.
What Do I Get With Uber Blue?
Because Uber Blue is the entry-level tier, the main benefit you get is the ability to have your spending tallied into points.
Also, you can redeem these points for “chosen rewards” such as discounts on rides and food delivery from Uber Eats.
Do Uber Reward Points Expire?
Uber Reward points expire every 12 months, pushing customers to accumulate and redeem them continuously.
How Do I Check My Uber Rewards?
You can check your Uber Rewards points through the main Uber app via the menu in the top left corner.
If you’re on the Uber Eats app, you can check your Rewards points by going to the “Account” menu.
Uber also shows you how many points you earned on a ride through the trip receipts that you can access from within the app or your email inbox.
Uber Blue for customers is the entry-level tier of the Uber Rewards program. Uber Blue is free to enroll in, and you’ll only spend money to earn points to move up to the other levels, i.e. Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.
As an Uber Blue member, you only have the opportunity to have your spending contribute towards points that expire every 12 months. You can redeem these points for additional benefits such as discounts on trips.