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Uber has updated its Barclaycard co-brand credit card, the Uber Visa Card. Where the previous version of the card was a powerhouse no annual fee card earning 4% cash back on dining, the card now earns Uber Cash, gutting much of the value this card had to offer. The Uber Visa Card retains its cell phone protection benefits, and doesn't charge any foreign transaction fees, but you would need to be a diehard Uber fan to apply for the updated Uber Card.
Uber Visa Card Key Features
- No annual fee
- Earn 5% Uber Cash on Uber and Uber Eats
- Earn 3% Uber Cash on hotels, airfare, and restaurant purchases
- Earn 1% on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees
- Earn $100 Uber Cash after spending $500 on purchases in the first 90 days
- Cell phone protection, up to $600 per eligible claim
If the card offered a genuine 5% back on Uber it would be a lot more attractive, particularly as it includes Uber Eats purchases. However, the updated Uber Card earns Uber Cash which you can only redeem for more Uber purchases. Likewise, 3% back on travel and restaurants would be considered a top return for a no annual fee card if it were straight cash back, but 3% Uber Cash is much less attractive. Essentially, the only people I could see applying for this card are diehard Uber fans that don't use other rideshare apps.
Following the revamp of the Uber Card, the only redeeming features are the cell phone insurance and the fact the card charges no foreign transaction fees. The 5% back on Uber purchases is not as good a return as advertised as you can only redeem your rewards for more Uber purchases.
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