Going somewhere? Get a free ride from Lyft (worth $25).

Okay, I’ll admit that I am a little under Uber’s spell. I mean, who wouldn’t be?

But I’m also a fan of the deal. And I’m always willing to try something new. With that in mind, I’m definitely going to give Lyft a try. Especially since I’ve got a $25 credit from a friend burning a hole in my pocket.

What is Lyft?

It’s kind of like Uber. But it’s more “of the people, for the people.” Their tagline is “your friend with a car.” In other words, Lyft has more of a community focus. Currently, they are in 19 cities. They’re adding more as quickly as they can.

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The way it works is that background-checked, interviewed, insured drivers rent out seats in their cars for a fee. They’ll pick you up and drop you off. Lyft’s cut is 20% – the drivers keep the rest.

Lyft’s got a fun, relaxed vibe. Every Lyft car wears a pink fuzzy “carstache.” Riders normally sit in the front seat. Drivers greet you with a fistbump.

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To access Lyft, you need to have an iphone or an Android. Paying for your Lyft rides is done entirely through an app, and is completely cash-free…just like Uber.

When you want a ride, you open the app and see a map with the locations of the Lyft cars that are nearest to you.

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You click to request a ride, and your phone immediately shows you the driver’s name, his/her rating by past passengers (out of five stars) and photos of him/her and his/her car.

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Afterwards you rate your driver and pay through the app. The driver rates you, too, so be on your best behavior. 🙂

How much does Lyft cost?

You can click here to see pricing for each city. Here are the details for San Francisco:

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For comparison purposes, here is the UberX chart (their least expensive option) for San Francisco.

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I have to say that I was surprised by this comparison, but as I think about it, it makes sense: Uber recently slashed prices in many cities in order to become more competitive.

If you decided to use Lyft for a 10-mile ride that took 10 minutes, you would pay $26.50.

With UberX, you would pay $21.

So, why use Lyft if it’s more expensive?

Well, you might as well try it if it’s free. If you use my referral link, we will both get a $25 credit. Once you’ve got an account, you can refer folks as well. Feel free to post your own links in the comments below.

Once you try it – you might like it more than Uber! It’s got a different vibe – less formal, more fun.

Another reason is that Lyft could have better availability in your area.

I’m definitely going to give it a try.

If you’ve already tried Lyft – what did you think? If you haven’t – would you give it a shot?

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Comments

  1. My uber car was similar, someone’s personal car. Light blue camry. No fist bump tho.

  2. Would you give a tip with Uber or Lyft? If so, how much? Thanks.

  3. Points Pixie says:

    Rebecca – Weird about Uber…I’ve always had very nice, almost luxury cars.

    Kijo – I would tip. 20% if the ride was good!

  4. Signed up w. Lyft because I may need a ride today. But found them creepy wanting access to my Facebook friends list.

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