Uber
By Lisa Eadicicco
September 26, 2016

Next time you’re browsing though gift card options at your local store, you may see a new option alongside the dozens of offerings from Amazon, Home Goods and Applebee’s. Ride-hailing service Uber will begin selling gift cards in stores starting immediately, it announced Monday.

The company says it plans to roll out the gift cards to 35,000 retail locations over the coming weeks. They’ll be available at chains like Walmart, Target, and CVS. The gift cards will also soon be available for purchase through Uber’s website, too.

To redeem a gift card, recipients will need to enter the code shown on the card into the Uber app before requesting a ride. They will be valid in any U.S. city where Uber is available. The company says they never expire.

It’s worth noting, though, that these cards are only valid for Uber rides. They will not work with the company’s other services, like Uber Eats and Uber Rush.

While the option to purchase physical gift cards is new, Uber already allows users to request rides for other friends or family members by entering their pickup location and destination. Uber has also offers the option for event hosts to purchase rides for guests in advance.

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