Nowadays it seems like everyone knows at least one person that drives for Uber. The word “Uber” has become a household name as popular as saying “Google it”. My friend’s drive for Uber and my friend’s parents drive for Uber.
The main attraction, of course, is the flexibility of being able to work when you choose to. Nobody breathing down your neck because you are the boss. And of course, many people are just looking for ways to make a little extra cash.
Of course, if you know somebody that drives for Uber you probably have caught wind of a sign-up bonus that is being offered for new drivers.
So, let me explain a little bit about what Uber’s sign up bonus is for new drivers.
Uber Driver Sign Up Bonus Explained
Uber is trying to take over the world when it comes to transportation. They aren’t just competing against the taxi industry. They’re competing against the car industry trying to shape the future of transportation and how many people actually own cars.
In order to squash the competition, Uber needs a massive fleet of drivers. This is where the driver sign up bonus comes into play. In order to attract a lot of drivers Uber offers double-sided referral bonuses to both the referrer and referral.
They can range anywhere from $25 to over $1,000 for signing up to drive for Uber. It varies city to city, which is the reason why the bonus can range so wide.
When I first signed up I used my friend’s referral code. The bonus was $300 for both of us. So in total Uber paid out $600($300 for me and $300 for my friend) Just for me to basically check out Uber.
A year and a half later and I’m still driving. So, I guess it really couldn’t be as bad as people think.
It’s pretty simple to earn a sign-up bonus. It only takes a few steps.
1. You sign up through this link or use my referral code 41hh6ue. Be sure to upload all your documents and agree to a background check so you get approved.
2. In order to earn your bonus, you are required to take a certain amount of trips for Uber. It can range anywhere from taking 10 to taking 100 trips. Uber will let you know when you sign up as well as what the bonus will be.
3. Once you have completed the required trips in your city Uber will pay you the specified referral bonus on your following paycheck (Uber pays weekly). Currently, if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area Uber is offering $700 for completing 100 trips.
A few months after I signed up, Uber offered $600 for taking 20 trips for new drivers. I had my friend take advantage of the offer. Uber paid out $1,200 between my friend and I because he took the 20 trips required.
Retroactive Referral Bonus
The cool thing about Uber is if you already signed up to drive but forgot to use a referral code there is still a chance for you get a sign-up bonus. You can get a sign-up bonus by retroactively applying the Uber referral code.
You only have 15 days after you are activated to drive to fix this.
You can send Uber a message letting them know you forgot to enter my referral code (41hh66ue) and wanted to confirm what your bonus would be.
They may also ask for:
Name: Brandon Arnold
Uber Email: email@example.com
You send an inquiry by going online here.
Of course, if you don’t get a response after a few hours, you can always send a message through the partner app as well.
Go to Account-> Help-> Payments and Rewards-> Driver Referrals -> Report a missing driver referral.
They may ask for the referrers phone number. Just send me an email titled “Retroactive Referral”. This way I’ll understand what the email is for. I don’t want to leave my phone number posted here for everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQS
Is The Bonus Always The Same For New Drivers And The Referring Drivers?
While this has always seemed to be true for San Francisco, it seems there are plenty of cities that referring drivers will get offered more than the new drivers. It would be cooler to have the bonuses be the same for both, but this doesn’t mean the bonus isn’t worth signing up for.
Is Uber’s Bonus The Same Amount Every Month?
No, they are not. Sometimes they are higher, sometimes they are lower. Eventually Uber will have to stop with handing out bonuses, Uber’s been handing out money like candy the last few years. If you haven’t taken advantage of the sign-up bonuses yet, now may be the time to do so before you lose out.
Where Can You Get The Biggest Bonus?
The driver bonus is tied to each city, so it doesn’t matter whose referral code you use. The amount won’t change in your city.
Will I Make A Lot Of Money Driving For Uber?
Every market is different. The average driver can make $15-$25 an hour before expenses. For the most part, the sign-up bonus is enough for you to get your feet wet. Then you can form your own opinion of whether or not Uber is right for you.
Any questions or comments, feel free to leave below!