Being Rewarded in Style: My L.A. Trip with the Uber Visa Card

*This press trip was graciously covered by Uber and Barclay Card. All opinions on the trip and product are my own. 

As a  finance influencer, I take the products I recommend very seriously. I once blasted my most lucrative affiliate for bad customer service and ended my relationship with them immediately. You guys also know in the past I've been reticent to recommend credit cards because of my own bad history with them. In the last five years or so, however, my audience has matured alongside me and (also like me) are now super interested in optimizing their credit card spend for a variety of goals: faster debt payoff, free travel, and more cash back to name a few. I've been slowly dipping my toe in the cards recommendation pool.

Even still, when I was approached about a press trip for a credit card, I have to admit….I wanted to say no.

 

But then I saw the full itinerary: a glamorous weekend in Los Angeles being treated like a VIP. I said yes…and crossed my fingers the card was decent.

 

Thankfully when I got there, I learned about the benefits of the card and am super happy to tell you guys more about it. The Uber Visa Card is actually pretty cool.

Below is the story of the most luxurious weekend of my life and how I learned about the newest, most competitive cashback card on the market right now.

First, Here are All the “Perks” Associated with the Uber Visa Card

 

There isn't a card out there quite like this one, I promise. Here's what the card offers to consumers:

  • Zero Annual Fee – (this is really, really important. It costs you nothing to carry this card!)
  • 4% cash back on restaurants, takeout, and bars (includes UberEATS)
  • 3% cash back on hotels, airfare, and vacation home rentals like Airbnb
  • 2% cash back on online purchases, streaming services, and Uber
  • 1% cash back on everything else
  • You can apply in your Uber app
  • You can apply cash back rewards instantly to your Uber rides or UberEATS if you so choose.
  • $50 subscription fee credit once you spend over $5,000 on your card. This covers subscriptions like Hulu, Netflix, and HBO
  • Zero foreign transaction fees.
  • Exclusive card member events
  • Mobile phone insurance (uhm, hello.)

 

 

But let me show you how this card really works by giving you the full play-by-play of the weekend.

 

Day 1 & Day 2

If you follow me on Instagram (@thelaurenbowling) you saw I had my first, first-class flight experience as part of this event. And let me tell you, I may never go back to coach. Once in L.A., I had a private Uber driver pick me up and whisk me away to the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel, which was our home-away-from-home for the weekend.

I had a few hours to get settled then enjoyed a nice cocktail hour and dinner at the DELICIOUS Catch 22 in Los Angeles. We ate VERY well all weekend, but I think of all the lauded restaurants we dined at while in L.A., this one was my favorite. Not a bad thing on the menu, and possibly the best lobster mac n' cheese I've ever tasted.

Photo Credit: Timothy Kwon, OTIM pictures

 

Day 2 was probably my favorite day of them all because most of the activities centered around my favorite things: wine, beaches, and animals. First, I enjoyed a lazy morning in bed with breakfast from UberEATS (I had C&M Cafe delivered and it did not disappoint!) and then we headed up to Malibu to dine on the water at famous sushi restaurant, Nobu.

Photo Credit: Timothy Kwon, OTIM pictures

From there, we did a “wine safari” with Malibu Wine Tours and I got to meet several furry friends including Stanley the Giraffe.

 

How the Uber Visa Card Works: The weekend was designed around how an Uber Visa customer would hypothetically use the card. We took Ubers everywhere (because you can use the cashback rewards for Uber rides), we did lots of meals (because of 4% cashback on dining) and then always an excursion afterward. The scenario being if you use the Uber Visa anytime you went out to eat, at 4% back eventually you'd have a hefty amount so you could “splurge” on upgraded experiences like meeting my friend Stanley (see above.)

Dinner that evening was at Umami Burger, followed by a concert at the Palladium where we saw LCD Soundsystem perform. Such a good show, and just an example of the VIP rewards experiences Uber Visa cardmembers can expect in the near future.

Day 3 & Day 4

Day 3 was a celebrity-filled dream. First, all-vegan brunch at Gracias Madre…..

Photo Credit: Timothy Kwon, OTIM pictures

….then were shuttled to Katy Perry's old mansion for an all-day pool party, complete with Spa treatments. The view, in short, was breathtaking.

 

Kevin Hart made an appearance. We had lunch prepared and presented to us by celebrity chef, Eric Greenspan. And I met my newest musical obsession Wrabel when he performed acoustic versions of songs for us as the sun was setting. It was such a thoughtful, really special day.

 

 

 

 

The evening included a nap followed by closing night dinner at TAO. The following morning we enjoyed a decadent brunch at Rose Cafe.

How the Uber Visa Card Works: Brunch enough times and use the cashback to splurge on spa treatments for you and a friend. Also with the Uber Visa Card, 3% cashback on travel includes stays at AirBnB, so you and your friends can split a home in the Hollywood Hills for the weekend and receive cash back for it.

 

Who Gets the Most Benefit Out of the Uber Visa Card?

 

I jokingly asked this weekend if the Uber Visa Card was designed specifically for millennials, because it seems to reward all the spending categories millennials hold dear: dining, travel, online shopping, ride-share apps. But really, it's for anyone who enjoys a fun lifestyle and wants to be rewarded for it. 

Sign up bonus is a little light ($100 after first $500 in spend), but with such competitive cashback categories, (and again NO ANNUAL FEE) this isn't a bad deal.

I don't want to draw the connection that if you get the Uber Visa Card and you'll get to meet celebrities, even though this is what happened to me (ha ha.) But really, this weekend illustrated to me how important it is to have financial products that fit your lifestyle. This card may not be for everyone, but it's a great product, and one I feel good writing and advocating about.

So, who would really love this card?

  • Folks who primarily eat out (Hi, Rich.)
  • Those who want to start out with a rewards card but have never done it before. The zero annual fee and easy in-app sign up make this a snap for newbies.
  • People who HATE fees. It's super rare
  • People who want to get cash back for travel, but don't have a preference for airline or airline reward program.
  • If you enjoy cardmember perks – like mobile phone insurance and special events.
  • Folks who enjoy really, really frictionless experiences. While on the trip I applied for the card in the app and it was seriously two swipes.

Click here to learn more about the Uber Visa Card from Barclay's. Apply In the Uber App or Online.

I arrived home on Sunday happy-yet-exhausted. Even though I had only three days in between the L.A. trip and my Thanksgiving trip to Austin, I'm glad I made the time for the experience. We were treated like celebrities and I know I'll never forget these experiences.

 

Photo Credit: Timothy Kwon, OTIM pictures

 

 

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    Colin @ rebelwithaplan
    November 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    The cash back rewards system for the card is amazing! I would love the 3% cash back on travel (hotel, airfare, Airbnb) the most. I have a card right now that offers 1% cash back and 5% cash back on rotating categories and I thought that was great. The Uber Visa card sounds so much better. I’ll probably stick with the card I have now but may look into getting this one soon. Love that it has no annual fee.

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    giulia
    November 27, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Seems tha tryou had a lovely weekend and this card seems really interesting!!!

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