Uber and Lyft compete fiercely for business — not just trying to gain market share from other forms of transportation, but they also have to compete against one another. As a result, both companies have membership programs, offering additional perks for a fee, as well as some loyalty program collaborations. This is intended to get people to more consistently be loyal to one company.
Uber One is Uber’s subscription service for riders. Uber One recently replaced Uber Eats Pass, and is intended to be a membership that offers valuable perks with both Uber and Uber Eats. I wanted to go over all the details of Uber One in this post. This is especially worth understanding, given that the Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card recently added a complimentary Uber One membership perk for a limited time.
Uber One membership details
Uber One is a membership program that offers an elevated experience across the Uber and Uber Eats platforms. Uber claims that members save an average of $25 per month, excluding the cost of membership (which is less than that).
Let’s take a look at the pricing and perks.
Uber One membership cost
An Uber One membership costs either $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year (which comes out to roughly $8.25 per month). If you get a monthly subscription, you can cancel at anytime, while the annual membership is a commitment for 12 consecutive months.
Benefits of Uber One membership
An Uber One membership offers the following perks within the United States:
- 5% off eligible rides with Uber, and that applies whether you book UberX or something more premium
- Up to a 10% discount off orders of food, groceries, alcohol, and more, though that’s not consistent
- Unlimited $0 delivery fees on eligible food orders over $15 and grocery orders over $30
- Being matched with top-rated drivers
- An Uber One Promise, whereby on eligible deliveries you’ll get $5 in Uber Cash if the latest arrival estimate (shown after the order is placed) is wrong
- Access to premium member support, special offers and promotions, and invite-only experiences
How to sign-up for Uber One
You can sign-up for an Uber One membership at this link. At that point you can choose whether you want a monthly or annual membership, and there’s even an option to get a free trial if you’re a first time user.
Uber One perks with Capital One cards
- Through November 14, 2024, receive a complimentary Uber One membership; just enroll in a monthly membership and set your eligible card as the one you’re paying with
- Through November 14, 2024, earn 10% cash back with Uber and Uber Eats; just pay with your eligible card
Is Uber One worth it?
Uber One definitely isn’t for everyone, but personally I get significant value from it. When trying to justify the cost of a membership, I don’t really consider being matched with top-rated drivers, the Uber One Promise, or access to premium member support, even though those things are nice too.
Rather the math comes down to the 5% discount on eligible rides, plus the unlimited $0 delivery fees on eligible food orders of over $15, and grocery orders of over $30.
Focusing specifically on rides with Uber, the 5% discount works across ride types, so it’s not just when you’re booking premium cars. This is a significant advantage compared to Lyft Pink, which only offers discounts on premium rides.
Assuming you’re paying ~$100 annually for your membership, you’d get your investment back if you spent $2,000 per year with Uber, or ~$167 per month. While that’s a significant amount of spending, that’s significantly less than what many people spend annually with Uber.
Then there are the Uber Eats perks. I order from Uber Eats more than I’d care to admit, as I’m terrible at cooking, and we’re not going out as much as we used to, since we have a baby. The most significant Uber One benefit with Uber Eats is that you get $0 delivery fees on most orders. This would otherwise ordinarily cost $3-5 per order. There’s also the 10% discount, but that’s only offered at some restaurants.
I think it’s important to clarify that Uber One’s $0 delivery fee doesn’t mean that you’re not going to pay anything to have food delivered, since that’s a common complaint:
- Prices with Uber Eats are often inflated compared to what you’d pay directly with the restaurant
- You’re still supposed to tip the driver
- There’s also a service fee, separate from the delivery fee
Uber Eats isn’t cheap, but I find it (and other comparable food delivery services) to be worth it. After tip I maybe pay $10-15 more than I’d pay if I went to pick up the order myself, but I save 30-45 minutes.
So between savings with Uber and savings with Uber Eats, an Uber One membership is absolutely worthwhile for me.
Uber One is Uber’s membership that covers both Uber and Uber Eats in the United States. For ~$10 per month or ~$100 per year, you can receive discounted rides and food deliveries, and waived delivery fees on many food orders.
Personally I find the value to be there, and this is something that I pay for. With the partnership between Capital One and Uber, my plan is to pick up the no annual fee Capital One SavorOne, and instead get valuable Uber perks through that.
What do you make of the Uber One value proposition?