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Free Uber Rides, Discounts for Capital One Cardholders

Uber now has two promotions in effect with Capital One, featuring a 20 percent discount for the next year and two free rides.

Uber wants to dominate the ride-share space, and it’s offering both short- and long-term incentives to secure that dominance.

The company already has points-earning relationships in place with American Expresss and Starwood. Now Uber has two promotions in effect with Capital One as well, featuring a discount and free rides.

20 Percent Discount

Holders of Capital One Quicksilver and QuicksilverOne cards will receive a 20 percent discount on all Uber rides charged to the card, through April 2016.

The discount is in the form of a statement credit.

Two Free Rides

First-time Uber users who charge their rides to any U.S.-issued Capital One credit card will receive their first two rides free. Offer applies to rides costing $30 or less.

Deal or No Deal

For regular Uber users, the 20 percent discount potentially represents a huge savings over the next 12 months. The Quicksilver card is a 1.5 percent cash-back card, with a one-time $100 bonus after spending $500 within the first three months. There are, to be sure, more lucrative cash-back cards available. But there’s no annual fee for the Quicksilver card, so it might be worth getting solely for the Uber discount.

It’s probably not worth signing up for a new Capital One card just to get the two free Uber rides. But if you already have a Capital One card, and have yet to try Uber, the freebies are worth as much as $60.

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By Tim Winship

After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

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