UberEats launched back in August 2014 and is currently available in many major cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago (to name a few). UberEats partners with a few local restaurants and serves up a daily menu of items that can be purchased through the app. Uber users can then order meals through the Uber app and have them delivered by Uber drivers. Drivers pull up curbside, you pick up your food, and the card on file with your Uber account is charged.
You can actually user Uber referral credits to cover the cost of an UberEats order. However, with currently referral rates at $15, I’d rather use those credits towards actual rides. If you’re of the same mindset, there’s some good news: First time UberEats users get a FREE $10 UberEats Credit from Gilt City. This deal is available on Gilt Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. I’m not sure if you can claim a voucher from a participating Gilt City site (i.e. San Francisco) and then redeem it for an UberEats purchase in a city that didn’t have the deal available onGilt (i.e. Los Angeles). The voucher is free, so you might as well claim it.
This isn’t the first time UberEats has offered a $10 credit, but if you haven’t taken advantage of it in the past, you might want to do so now. Gilt is offering one code per person, so be sure to RSVP for your coupon ASAP. These $10 UberEats coupons must be redeemed by February 10, 2016 and are good for first time users only.
I used UberEats for the first time last week in San Francisco. It’s as easy as requesting a ride: Open the Uber app and click on the plate icon at the top of the screen to see the daily menu. I didn’t feel like walking two blocks to American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, so I checked the app and was pleased to see their Jalapeño Mac & Cheese on the menu that day. There was no extra delivery fee – just $0.79 tax added on and that was it.
There were lots of drivers in the area, so I ordered and by the time I got downstairs, the driver had pulled up to the curb with my bag. I wasn’t a fan of the Mac & Cheese and the portion was absurdly small for $9. However, the food arrived in a timely manner and was still hot when I opened it. It also came in a reusable tote bag, which was nice.
My only complaint about UberEats is that you can’t order drinks, other than the occasional overpriced juice bottle or specialty coffee. So if you want a bottle of water or soda, you’ll have to buy it elsewhere.
UberEats has a different menu every day and while the selection is limited, there is usually something for everyone’s dietary needs. They also run some pretty fun promotions. Last week they served deep-dish pizza along with a digital download of Home Alone for just $6 to celebrate the movie’s 25 year anniversary. A few days after that, they ran a promotion where they sent out real Italian grandmothers to prepare and deliver authentic Italian meals. You really have to commend their creativity.
Anyway, I found UberEats to be a very convenient option for those times when you don’t feel like leaving the office but also don’t want to eat crackers for lunch. All you have to do is press a couple of buttons, then wait by the curb for the driver to drop off your food. Plus, with this Gilt deal you get $10 off your first order, so it’s definitely worth trying.
Note: If you’re new to Gilt City, consider using my referral link to sign up. You’ll receive a $25 off your next purchase of $50 or more and I’ll receive $25 once the purchase is complete.
Have you used UberEats before? What has your experience been with the service?
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