Last month Uber made some big changes to their driver referral program, but the only problem is they forgot to tell everyone. Sign-up bonuses have always been one of the bright spots for new drivers, since who wouldn’t want an extra $500 for signing up, right? While the process wasn’t perfect and had its flaws, at the end of the day, a lot of people got paid. In fact, it’s one of the main sources of revenue for this blog, so in a way we depend on referrals too.
But over the past few weeks, I have been getting an avalanche of e-mails from new drivers who were not getting paid their sign-up bonus. This in itself isn’t out of the ordinary but after investigating, I found that at the end of July, Uber started testing new driver guaranteed earnings instead of sign-up bonuses in several of its top markets. So what exactly does that mean?