Uber's Local Offers program turns purchases at participating merchants into Uber credit

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If you use Uber a lot and have a Visa card, you’re in a luck — the pair have unveiled “Local Offers,” designed to get you to spend more at brick-and-mortar stores in return for Uber credit.

Uber and Visa’s new promotion is a test pilot of sorts as it’s only currently available with local vendors in San Francisco and Los Angeles. It works like this: For every dollar you spend at these select merchants, you’ll receive one point. Rack up 100 points and that means $10 off a future Uber ride. Of course, to make sure you’re earning those points you’ll have to make sure you’re using “the same Visa credit card on file with Uber.”

Local Offers is baked into the Uber app, and all you need to do to start participating is download the latest Android and iOS update. You’ll be able to see all the points you accrue here. As a note, the company does say “points received for every dollar spent may vary.”

This type of promotion really depends on the partnerships Uber and Visa can pull. So far the company has more than 13 businesses such as Barcito, Ike’s, Mixt Greens, Peet’s Coffee, PizzaRev, Uno Dos Tacos, Specialty’s Café & Bakery, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Super Duper, Delarosa, The Pie Hole, Veggie Grill, and Wurstküche.

Again, the promotion is only valid to Visa cardholders and the aforementioned participating merchants. It’s unclear when and if the Local Offers program will expand to other cities across the United States and the world.

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