Sad news: The Uber tie-up will end officially end on December 17th, 2017, with no ability to earn Starpoints on Uber rides after this date.
For other ways to earn points on taxi rides, chauffeurs, and transfers in New Zealand after this date, read our full guide.
Guide to earning SPG Starpoints on Uber rides
Starwood Preferred Guest are partnered with and will have you earning at least 1 Starpoint per US dollar for every ride made with Uber.
There’s only one catch – you’ll need to have made a Starwood hotel stay in the current calendar year before you can earn any SPG points for that year.
Not an easy feat here in New Zealand where there are no SPG hotels – though this is set to change in 2018 with the new Four Points by Sheraton in Auckland Central. In the interim, you’ll need to take up a stay in Australia or further abroad.
As an upside, you’ll earn extra points if you Uber during your stay at a Starwood hotel, with the bonus matching that of your SPG tier – so Gold and Platinum members will earn triple points on Uber spend after check-in.
All Starwood Preferred Guest members otherwise can benefit from the tie-up, unlike Starwood’s deals with Emirates and Delta where you’ll need status with either Starwood or the airline to get any advantage.
Why’s this partnership so great?
It gives me an additional incentive to use Uber to pre-book taxis for work and personal expenses, rather than just hailing them off the street, and I’ll feel slightly less hard-done by when using the more expensive Uber Black when I have to as well.
Starwood Preferred Guest, for those who aren’t aware, is one of the most stable loyalty programs out there with a huge range of frequent flyer program partners, including Air New Zealand.
Uber is a great addition into the mix of American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood hotel stays for Starpoint earn.
How to get started
Linking accounts is pretty easy over at the dedicated SPG site – you’ll need to make sure your last name and email address match on both your SPG and Uber accounts.
That’s it, simple.
Will earning SPG points from your taxi spend with Uber change your taxi booking behaviour?