Lyft is a smartphone-based ride service that competes with traditional taxis. They are similar to Uber, but Lyft calls their fares “donations” and aggressively recruits casual drivers who can apply directly from their app. (Uber does a similar thing with their UberX service whereas their UberBlack and UberTAXI service employs professional full-time drivers.) Lyft drivers are screened with DMV and background checks, as well as provided $1 million in liability coverage. Riders pay entirely through the smartphone app. Drivers keep 80% of the total fare.
Here is a list of all the cities they serve. Right now Lyft is aggressively expanding and the following promotions are available:
- Download their iPhone app or Android app first.
- New users: Get free ride up to $50. Enter code SLICKDEALS in the Settings > Payment > Lyft Credits area. Good for one free ride up to $50. Only works if you have never taken a ride or redeemed a code before. Screenshot. Via SD.
- They do have a refer-a-friend program, but that will only get you a ride up to $25 and the offer above is currently a better deal.
- Residents of Pioneer cities get free rides for two weeks. Pioneer cities are places where Lyft is just starting out. If you join the app in a Pioneer city, you’ll automatically get a number of free rides (up to $25 each) valid for the first 2 weeks after you join. Currently, Pioneer is only available in Indianapolis, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Atlanta, Phoenix, Charlotte, Denver, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Baltimore, Orange County, Sacramento, Houston and Columbus for a limited time. (I think Cincinnati, OH, Detroit, MI, Tampa, FL, and Tucson, AZ also qualify.) Details here. Stackable with $50 promo above.
I also just got an e-mail that there is only 3 days left to get free $20 credit with Uber via referral. After 4/25, supposedly it’ll be back to $10. It is pretty neat to summon a ride from your smartphone and track it by GPS as it gets closer to you.