Arguably the most worthless elite status in the world is OpenTable VIP. The second most worthless? Perhaps it’s UberVIP.
If you’ve had over 100 rides in a city where the feature is available, you’ve been ‘upgraded’ to VIP status which means you can select the option for UberX called UberVIP which gives you the best cars only with drivers rated 4.8 or higher. And since you aren’t looking at all available cars, you likely won’t get the closest car, and may have to wait longer.
New York, Washington DC, and Denver are cities with the VIP option though there may be others.
In New York at least the VIP program is changing. Instead of ‘one and done’ it requires regular use each month to continually re-qualify. (HT: Alex D.)
It’s quicker to qualify for the first time, but as soon as you spend weeks out of town they’ll drop you out of the program. Have a life event which causes you to take off work, or not get around the city much, you’re done. New parents? You’re no longer VIP to Uber if you don’t ride 10 times that first month. It’s a good thing the benefits aren’t worth much!