$50,000 In Uber Credit Vanished For One Guy
This uber cool guy name, Blake Jared, managed to rack in about $50,000 worth of free Uber rides. I mean, yeah, this seems too good to be true.
Um, actually it is. See, Jared, like many didn’t take the time to read Uber’s policy on referring people. Blake assumed (like many) that it would be okay to post his personal invite link on the social media site Reddit.
Well, even though his strategy did work – obviously, but eventually it’s didn’t sit well with Uber and the one time nifty dude of many free rides went down to almost nothing.
Unfortunately, Jared’s dream of Uber-ing FREE for life was short lived – well at least for about 8 weeks before getting his freebies wiped out.
Not only did he use social media to promote his code, he also sent out mass emails to over 700 email contacts. I don’t think that the email promoting was a bad thing as Uber’s policy does state that your personal connections via email are okay.
Meaning. Public social sites like Reddit where you are only a contributor and not the primary content owner is in violation.
However, your personal Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs, etc., are okay. At least Uber gave this cool kid back $500 worth of free rides. Not bad at all!
Referral policy: Consistent with Uber’s Terms, personal invite links should only be used for personal and non-commercial purposes. This means that you can share your invite link with your personal connections via email, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, personal blogs, etc. where you are the primary content owner.
However public distribution on sites where you are a contributor but not the primary content owner (e.g., Wikipedia, coupon websites) is not allowed. Promoting your referral code via Search Engine Marketing (e.g., AdWords/Yahoo/Bing) is also not allowed.