Visa, Uber offering rides in an Olympics-themed car in 6 cities, but only on Friday

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Friday is the opening day of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, and to celebrate Visa is teaming up with Uber to offer Olympics-themed rides — whether you’re in Brazil or not.

RioPool is a one-day partnership between the ridesharing service and the payment provider, and it only applies if you’re in one of the following cities: New York City, San Francisco, Rio de Janiero, Brazil; Mexico City; Santiago, Chile; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Throughout August 5, if you’re about to order an Uber, type in the promo code “VisaPool,” then select the Visa RioPool option.

You’ may be greeted with a car decked out for the Olympics — it depends if the car is close. Inside, you’ll find tablets that let you take pictures with Rio Olympics-themed “filters and features like animated soccer balls, 3D faces donning swimming googles, and more.”

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You’ll also get $5 off your ride if you pay with a Visa credit or debit card, and on top of that, you will get a chance to win certain prizes, such as tickets to an Olympic event, Rio Olympics swag, and even a ride from a former Olympian or Team Visa athlete.

The partnership between Uber and Visa lasts for one day, but if you’re in Rio at the Olympics, you’ll be able to get picked up by an Olympics-themed car until August 8.

This is hardly Visa’s first Olympic-related announcement this year — the company has three different contactless payment solutions, and they have all been offered to Team Visa athletes. More announcements like these, geared at consumers, are on the way throughout the 2016 Olympics.

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