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SPG cuts Uber points – here are other ways to earn extra rewards from Uber

by on Wed January 18, 2017 • No Comment

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Starwood and Uber had a pretty good thing going.

When you linked your Starwood and Uber accounts, you earned 1 SPG point for every dollar you spent with Uber, on top of whatever credit card rewards you earned.

And when you rode with Uber on days you were staying at a Starwood hotel, you earned 2 to 4 SPG points per dollar on Uber, depending on your SPG elite status level.

That’s changing for the worse on February 1.

From then on you’ll earn…

  • 1 SPG point for every $2 you spend on Uber (0.5 SPG points per $)
  • 2 SPG points for every $1 you spend while at a Starwood hotel (no more bonuses for elite members)

There’s a little giveback to offset the pain…

From February 1 – 28 you’ll earn 5 SPG points per $1 during Starwood stays, which is great, but after that it’s back down to to 2 points per $1.

Other ways to earn rewards from Uber rides

For days when you’re not staying at Starwood, there are other ways to earn extra rewards from Uber rides…



Uber counts as a travel purchase for many credit cards, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, so if you use your Reserve to pay you’ll earn 3x Chase points AND 1x United MileagePlus miles for your Uber spending.

With the MileagePlusX app you can buy credits you can add to your Uber account, and pay for them in the MileagePlus X app using whatever credit card you like.

Then you’re given a code you can copy and paste into the Uber app to load your account with funds.


You can use these funds to pay for some or all of your next ride by going to the Payment section in the Uber app and tapping ‘Add Promo/Gift Code’ to load the funds.


So to sum it up…

  • You buy Uber gift code funds using the MileagePlus X app, and earn 1 United mile plus whatever rewards your credit card gives you for the gift card purchase.
  • You copy the gift code and paste it into your Uber app to store the funds in your Uber account.
  • You can use the gift code funds to pay when you ride. If you’re short, you can cover the difference with a credit card.

Doing this lets you snag 1 full United mile per dollar on for Uber purchases, plus your credit card rewards, which is more generous than the half an SPG point per dollar plus credit card rewards you’d get from SPG.


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