Lyft Offers Up To $1000 Bonus to Existing Drivers After 50 Trips
For the current Lyft $1000 Signup bonus, click here to find out more. (New applicants need to finish their first trip by March 5th, so apply asap!)
I’m going to preface this article to say that only Boston Drivers were offered $1000 to complete 50 trips over President’s day weekend, but other cities were offered $500 or less after a certain number of trips. (Note, there is some confusion about the offer but I’ll get to that later in the article.)
Lyft is offering $500 to these cities only after 30 trips:
- New York City
Lyft is offering only $250 after 20 trips in Dallas, Texas.
You can go to this page to see the official post by Lyft about the offer: https://www.lyft.com/drive/help/article/1880694
Fine Print on the Offer
With any offer, there are some limitations. Here they are:
Your rides must be completed in Boston, Philadelphia, Denver/Boulder, Nashville, New York, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth. Only drivers who have given fewer than 10 rides since Friday, February 6th qualify. No more than two rides can be with the same requesting passenger. Additional specific details: https://www.lyft.com/drive/help/article/1880694
What if a driver in another city goes to Philadelphia (say Baltimore) or Boston (say Providence) and completes the requisite number of trips to get the bonus? To my knowledge, the bonus is only offered for drivers in these cities, but there is nothing that says other drivers can’t go into the cities to get the bonus. I won’t be surprised if drivers who are not from these regions perform the requisite trips in these cities and not get the bonus. Its definitely lucrative enough to take a chance but don’t get your hopes up if you don’t get the bonus.
Confusion about the Boston Offer
So this is the email we received in Boston:
You can see that it says we only have until Monday, the 16th to complete the 50 rides to get the $1000. If you take a look at the link above directly on the Lyft website, you will see that Boston is listed to have until next Friday to complete the 50 trips.
With the snow on Sunday, this number may be hard to hit unless you knock out all the Lyfts yesterday and today. I believe traffic would be a mess Sunday and most of Monday. Luckily, Monday is a holiday so less people would be on the road but traffic for the rest of the week would be a mess in Boston so it may be hard to hit 50 trips.
I have reached out to Lyft to get this clarified. Hopefully I have until Friday to complete 50 trips but it’ll still be difficult for me to do that unless I drive almost all day Monday to try to get as many Lyfts as I can. I can try to fit in some Lyfts during the week to hit 50 but I would only attempt it if the $1000 bonus is indeed until Friday.[Preliminary update: Lyft on Twitter says that Boston drivers have until Friday to complete 50 trips. They also added in “new drivers” in there, so not sure if its still only for existing drivers or only new drivers:]
@RideshareDash We’ve confirmed that the site is correct, and new drivers have until next Friday to complete 50 rides.
— Ask Lyft Support (@AskLyft) February 14, 2015
Uber’s Offer this Weekend
I have heard various different promotions, from a set hourly rate (up to $40 an hour, but near the hourly guarantee after the price cuts) to also having a contest to win $500-$1000. For the Lyft cities that has these bonuses, it is clear that Lyft is the obvious choice to drive this weekend. No Hourly Guarantees, just rack up some Lyfts this weekend and cash in on the bonus. 30 Lyfts is very doable for $500; 50 Lyfts for $1000 for just this weekend will be a challenge, but not bad if it was extended to the rest of the week. I’ll be reviewing the various Valentines day/President’s weekend offers in my next post.
So which service will you be driving on this weekend? Lyft? Uber? Sidecar (they have their own guarantee for select cities)? Are you going to be driving on Lyft because of the bonus?Have more questions about Uber or Lyft? Head on over to our Rideshare Driver Training Course! Driver Promotions