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OpenTable’s iPhone app, with the Uber API-powered “Ride with Uber” button.
OpenTable’s iPhone app, with the Uber API-powered “Ride with Uber” button.

Developers who use Uber’s API for their own apps will now earn $5 for each referral they help create.

Uber debuted its API this past August, letting developers hook their apps up to the popular car service with the Uber API. Since then, companies like OpenTable, Pebble, Hinge, and others implemented the API to let users hail an Uber within their own apps.

Until today, Uber paid developers in Uber credits for referrals. Now, the new affiliate program gives cash to developers — up to $5,000, and Uber says “once you’ve reached this threshold you may be eligible for our partners program.”

“We hope that this new program will offer developers a meaningful new way to monetize their apps and raise awareness for their hard work,” Uber said today in a blog post.

More information on Uber’s new affiliate program, available to U.S. developers only, is available here.

Lyft, meanwhile, has yet to release an API. Both companies offer ride credits to customers who refer other new users.

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