I am LOVING Lyft.
It is my new favorite way to get around in San Francisco.
In case you aren’t already familiar with Lyft, it’s a “peer-to-peer ridesharing” service – passengers who need a ride can request one from drivers who have a car. You can read my detailed description of it here, and my review of it here.
It’s really just fun. Much more fun than Uber, which can be a little stuffy. Lyft is perfect for zipping around town. You really do feel like you are just hanging out with a friend.
Since you are encouraged to sit in the front seat (although you don’t have to), you’ve got a much more personal connection with the driver. Every driver has such an interesting story! Josh and I caught four Lyfts on Saturday night, and one ride was with a woman who graduated from the same high school we did (seventeen years before us), and had one of the same English teachers (he was still at the school, seventeen years later)!
Anyway, you probably know that Lyft is offering a $25 “free ride” credit when you sign up using a friend’s referral link (here is mine – thank you for using it!). What you might not know is that the credit is a “ride credit.” What that means is that you need to use the credit all at once – it doesn’t matter if your ride costs $10 or $25. At the end of the ride, your credit will be gone.
So, how to maximize?
- This is the most obvious way: just make sure your first Lyft ride is long and/or trafficky. Don’t waste your credit on a short 5-minuter.
- If your ride ends up costing less than $25, leave a big tip! Tips from free ride credits are limited to 25% of the suggested donation, but you can max that out. Here is an example from our evening:
Anyone else have any fun Lyft stories to share? Have you tried Lyft yet? What are you waiting for? 😉