Updated on November 11, 2018
Via, a smaller competitor to Uber and Lyft, now operates in 3 cities (NYC, Chicago and Washington DC) and is offering $20 bonus promo credit when you sign up by 11/11/11!
Via started out in New York City with it's $5 shares rides and also launched in Chicago with $3.95 rides, and eventually in DC. The Doc initially reported a $20 promo but shortly closed the post for comments as new users were only getting $10. I don't think he realized that this $20 promo was extremely targeted. If you didn't receive this email below, you are not targeted and your referral is only worth $10.
$20 FREE RIDE CREDIT PROMO CODE
- Download the free app: App Store or Google Play
- When you sign up, enter promo code sara5i83m (TRB-confirmed $20 credit!)
- if you miss the option, you can add it later: just click MENU –> PROMO CODES. This is a referral code.
- Must enter code by 11/11/11 in order to get $20 credit!!! Update: NOW ONLY $10 credit!
POST YOUR REFERRAL CODE
You are welcome to list your referral code in the comments section below as long as you include a link to an uploaded pic (similar to the one above) showing you were indeed targeted for the $20 promo. For example, take a screen shot of your email and post it here, then share the link in the comments along with your referral.
VIA vs COMPETITION
Via is a little different than it's bigger competitors. Via is essentially a shared-shuttle that usually takes local roads picking up people and dropping them off along the way. Just like Uber and Lyft, Via offers a private ride option for a higher fare. Unlike Uber and Lyft, the routing / pairing is the most direct and IMO is the best option when ride-sharing in NYC.
- Via – See above for instructions on redeeming the $20 code
- Lyft Line: Up to $20 sign up bonus
- Uber Pool: Up to $20 sign up bonus
- Bridj: 10 Free Rides with code BTn1Uh – limited shuttle service
USE PRE-TAX DOLLARS
There is no tax added to the rides AND you can use pre-tax dollars. Via takes several different payment methods including TransitCheck, Commuter Check, Beniversal, WageWorks, and eTRAC.
If you are in a rush or easily get annoyed by other people, Via may not be the best idea. There might be many stops along the way – just like taking a train or bus! Its like Uber Pool and Lyft Line. And, didn't you hear this is the new tinder?