Ride sharing app Uber this week announced that not only can you pay for your trip with the usual app-linked credit card, but you can also now use PayPal.
See also: Ride-Sharing Apps Fight Back.
The announcement nearly broke the Internet. People really went wild. And so we started to wonder — why?
Turns out that many of you winners don't have credit cards. Actually, after what the banks did to us in 2007 — sinking the real estate market and making the taxpayers cover their gambling losses — we don't blame you.
F— credit cards.
Uber was aiming its PayPal announcement mostly at its emerging, non-U.S. markets, where plastic is even more verboten.
But it turns out many Americans would be just as happy to link their PayPal accounts (which are, in turn, usually linked directly to bank accounts, but which can also be tied to credit and debit cards) to their Uber apps.
Here's what Uber spokeswoman Nairi Hourdajian told us:
As you know, Uber is growing rapidly – including in countries where credit card use is much more limited than in the U.S. PayPal will help deliver the Uber experience to new users in countries like Germany where credit card use is low, letting them pay seamlessly and securely through their bank account. Having a global payment partner like Paypal is critical to Uber's global expansion.
The PayPal option is available in the U.S. Not only that, but Uber is offering $15 off your next ride in L.A. when you use PayPal, through Thanksgiving.