Freebird - Cash Back on Rides, Rewards on Uber & Lyft Rides

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Description of App: 

Get more from going out with Freebird. Take an Uber or Lyft anywhere and score cash-back, points, and good times. Rewards from Freebird are easy to earn and easier to redeem.

Using Freebird is a snap: Just open the app, connect to your Uber or Lyft account, enter your destination, and take a ride.

To earn cash back, visit a participating location by requesting your ride through Freebird. Then hang out there and buy food, drinks, or more. When you make a valid purchase with a credit or debit card that’s linked to your account, you get cash-back. Restaurants and bars may also offer deals that give you bonus points just for visiting them. The savings rack up fast.

With Freebird’s Ride Anywhere feature, you get points anywhere that Uber or Lyft takes you: To a friend’s house, work, sporting events, parks, museums, the airport, the movies, and back home. Discover a variety of new places nearby and visit your favorites while earning points. And you can trade your points in anytime for cash rewards. Using Freebird offers more for going out than simply taking a taxi, scooter, or carpool.

Freebird is committed to end drunk driving. We’re partnering with prominent brands like Guinness to offer discounted rides home. Use Freebird at the end of the night to get cash back and peace of mind.

Know where you want to go? Search on Freebird by keyword, location, and cuisine so you can find the perfect spot. Feeling adventurous? Tap on a neighborhood from the home screen and explore offers in other areas.

Members also get access to special promotions only available through Freebird. Check out hot venues, exclusive events, and more.

The Freebird app is free to use and designed for everyone. Quickly check your cash back and points balance, see your recent rides and searches, keep track of all your unlocked offers, and find out about new places to ride to…. all in a few taps or less.

You can use Freebird to earn points taking rides anywhere, nationwide. In many cities, you will see selected bars and restaurant that offer additional cash-back incentives. We are working to build relationships with more locations. Check the app daily as we're constantly adding new locations!

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

5.9

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

12.4

Accessibility Comments: 

***My original comments here, below, still apply, but there have been some recent accessibility improvements, appropriately characterized as "partial" by the devs. The ones I've noticed so far are labeled buttons on the main screen and a status message when loading at startup.

This app is definitely worth using for the cash back, (and it really does pay), but there are some accessibility challenges to deal with, and the devs are apparently researching how to address them.

The most obvious thing to get used to is that some of the controls are not labeled as form elements, so Voiceover simply speaks them as text. The hardest part is linking a debit card and transferring your earnings to it once you hit the minimum $10. You have to turn off Voiceover and tap around, or request sighted assistance, in order to get to the screen for entering your card info, and same with cashing out. I was able to do it, but it took a while.

You do often have to correct your pickup location before requesting a ride, as the map pin isn't always placed accurately. A third accessibility issue is that, when entering your pickup location, you are kicked out of the text field after a few characters and have to double-tap on it again to finish the entry.

Finally, the three elements on the bottom of the main screen--the profile button, the points total, and cash total--require manual focus rather than flicking.

Freebird is a great idea, and customer service is very helpful. I would encourage everyone to give it a try and keep on the devs about improving accessibility, since they finally started.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

Freebird rewards stack with existing Uber and Lyft credits and promos. It's better to use Lyft if you want to tip, though, since tipping in Uber doesn't work after booking the ride through Freebird at the moment, for some reason. Uber is aware of this and apparently trying to fix it.

My invite code gives $5.00 off your first two rides: g3061

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@freebirdrides