Your Money, Your Future
Your Money, Your Future

Now you can pay for Uber with their new credit card

Key Points
  • Uber and Barclays are introducing a card on the Visa network, which will be available in November.
Uber Visa Barclay card debuted November 2018
Source: Uber

Uber has transformed the way you get around. Now it is setting its sights on the way you spend.

The ride-sharing company, whose very name is now used as a verb (as in "Let's Uber home"), announced it has partnered with Barclays bank on a new Visa card, which will be available next month.

Riders can apply using the Uber app starting Nov. 2, get approved within minutes and then immediately add the card to their Uber wallets, according to the company. A physical card will arrive in the mail about a week later.

Denny Nealon, head of U.S. partnerships at Barclays, said their plan is to eschew direct mailings in favor of courting Uber's 65 million monthly active riders.

"The beauty is trying to enhance Uber loyalists' experience," he said.

Millennial money moves

Since its founding in 2010, and despite controversy, Uber has continued to expand. It's hardly surprising that it has joined the battle for millennial credit-card holders.

Young people are spending more than other generations on everyday purchases such as groceries and gas, as well as on experiences such as dining out, according to a report by

At the same time, the improving jobs market and low unemployment have increased consumer confidence and boosted the demand for credit cards across the board, which is now back to a prerecession high.

Trends in the credit card market

Credit Card Metric Q1 2017 Q1 2016 Q1 2015 Q1 2014
Average Debt Per Borrower$5,332 $5,193 $5,144 $5,162
Delinquency Rate (90+ DPD) Per Borrower1.69%1.50%1.34%1.50%
Originations16.00 million16.71 million14.52 million13.53 million

To lure those spenders, card issuers have upped the ante with better rewards and sign-up bonuses.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card, which initially offered a $1,500 sign-up bonus to people who spent $4,000 in the first three months, proved so popular, particularly among millennials, that the bank said it cost it some $200 million in profits last year (even with a $450 annual fee).

American Express has since added a $200-a-year credit for Uber to attract more sign-ups to its rival Platinum card, which has a $550 annual fee.

The new Uber Visa has no annual fee and offers a $100 bonus after spending $500 in the first 90 days.

Other perks include 4 percent back on restaurants, takeout and bars, including UberEATS; 3 percent back on airfare and hotels, including Airbnb; 2 percent back on all online purchases, including video and music streaming services like Spotify, and 1 percent back on all other purchases.

In addition, there are no foreign transaction fees. The annual interest rate ranges from about 16 percent to 25 percent, according to the company.

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