American Express Adds New Uber Cash Credits, Uber Eats Pass to Select Amex Cards

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The American Express® Gold Card has eliminated the $100 Airline Fee Credit for new cardmembers. Now, Amex has announced a permanent replacement: a $10 per month Uber Cash credit.

Moreover, Amex has added a complimentary Uber Eats Pass (enroll here) for 12 months as a temporary benefit for cardholders of The Platinum Card® from American Express, the American Express® Green Card, and the Amex Gold. The Uber Eats Pass, normally costs $9.99 per month, so this one-time benefit is worth roughly $120.

Amex Disclosure: Uber Eats Pass may be available on orders of $15 or more at eligible restaurants. Taxes and serivice fees may apply but they do not count towards the $15 order minimum. $119 annual savings estimate based on $9.99 monthly price. Enrollment required by 12/31/2021; after complimentary offer, Uber Eats Pass will bill at the then-current monthly rate. Please see full terms for more details.

Amex Gold cardmembers will get a monthly Uber Cash credit

Amex Gold Uber Cash Credit Terms

  • In early February 2021, Amex Gold cardholders began to receive a $10 in monthly Uber Cash credit good for Uber rides or Uber Eats. The total value of this benefit is $120 per year. ($110 in 2021 due to the early February launch)
  • This is in addition to the $10 monthly dining credit usable for Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and participating Shake Shack locations.
  • To take advantage of the Uber Cash benefit, just add your Amex Gold as a payment method in your Uber account.

Uber Eats Pass Membership Terms

  • This new benefit is available to current Amex Platinum, Amex Gold, and Green from Amex members (as well as new applicants).
  • Now through December 2021, cardholders can activate a free, one-year membership for an Uber Eats Pass.
  • The membership is good for 12 months after activation.
  • Uber Eats Pass memberships typically cost $9.99/month ($119 value per year).
  • An Uber Eats Pass membership offers $0 delivery fees and 5% discounts on restaurant orders over $15, and $0 delivery fees on grocery orders over $30 in eligible markets.
  • The membership auto-renews at monthly rate 12 months after activation. So, set a reminder to cancel your membership if you don't want to pay for another year.

This move mirrors the free DoorDash DashPass membership Chase began offering Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders earlier this year.

Depending on your location and food habits, this new benefit is either incredibly valuable or a total dud. That is to say, if you live someplace beyond Uber's reach, you won't get much value out of this. On the other hand, if you order delivery a lot, this could be great.

Another thing worth noting is that none of these card products have (so far) announced an annual fee increase. So even if you don't order a ton of take-out, this only adds more to the card's value proposition.

Our Thoughts

The introduction of the Uber Eats Pass is an excellent addition to the value proposition of Amex's personal cards. For the same annual fee, you'll get up to $120 in more value? Yeah—sign me up.

Airline Fee Credit vs. Uber Cash

As far as the Amex Gold is concerned, I mentioned in my previous post that the discontinued Airline Fee Credit is a benefit that we loved to hate. While everyone would prefer a flexible travel credit, it was easy to get nearly full value if you travel often. However, I think this change is great overall, and here's why:

First, the Uber Cash credit is potentially $20 more valuable than the discontinued Airline Fee Credit when maximized ($120 vs. $100). That's a win, but only if you use Uber (or Uber Eats) regularly.

Second, the Uber Cash credit is far better aligned with the card's updated benefits (when used for Uber Eats). Essentially, the Amex Gold is an optimized dining card. It already offers great earning rates for restaurant and grocery purchases and a $10 monthly dining credit at select merchants. In that regard, the discontinued Airline Fee Credit doesn't make nearly as much sense as a credit good for food delivery.

Pro Tip: If you were already an American Express® Gold Card cardholder on February 3, 2021, you should have a final $100 Airline Fee Credit to use by December 31, 2021. See this post for more details.

How do you feel about these new cardmember benefits?

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  • I wish Uber Eats was an attractive enough perk to compensate for not being able to use the Centurion Lounges and still justify the annual fee that is coming up

  • Well, at least these credits should be easier to use than the airline credit! Doesn’t seem a bad change at all.

  • I have both the personal Platinum and Gold Amex. Are the $15/month Plat and $10/month Gold Uber Eats credits combined starting in 2021? Having $25 to spend in one transaction would be more useful than 2 separate $15 and $10 transactions.

    • Great question! I would guess that both credits would get pooled into your Uber cash balance and that you could use them both in a single transaction, but I haven’t seen anything definitive.

  • Great benefits, now I can combine this with my Amex Platinum.

  • I don’t order a lot of delivery but I use rideshare quite a bit. I use Lyft for the Sapphire Reserve 10 points per dollar as well as Hilton and Delta points. I can certainly use Uber once per month to save money and maximize the benefit.

  • Since they’ve closed off giftcard purchases as qualifying, I think this is a net positive for me, though it is kind of a pain to have to keep track of monthly usage to ensure your credits don’t expire.

  • Well, this is atleast better than the loungebuddy credit and thankfully they didn’t go with Resy credits. While the Uber credits are a pain to use, its atleast something that can be used with uber eats every month. I would say its marginally better than the $100 airline incidental credits.

  • Maybe the airline fare credit was an underutilized benefit for cardmembers, or maybe it was over-utilized… or perhaps AmEx really feels like the Uber/Eats benefit is of equal or greater desirability to cardholders. To me though, it’s a definitive devaluation of the card. I’m going to have a long think about whether to keep mine when the airline fee reimbursement goes away.

  • Karthikeyan Chidambaram says:

    I really wish instead of monthly credit, they just give a 100 or 120 yearly credit to use.