Lyft Sign Up Bonus Expands to $2000 in LA, Orange County, San Francisco, Silicon Valley[Update 03-25-2016: The Lyft sign up bonus in LA is still $5000 and over $500 in many cities. Click the Lyft Driver referral link to find out what the bonus is in your city..]
Lyft Sign Up Bonus is still $5000 in Los Angeles for a limited time after 1000 rides in 90 days! Also, Lyft expanded the $2000 Lyft sign up bonus to include Orange County, San Francisco and Silicon Valley with a ride requirement of 500 in 60 days, so you will need to do about 250 a month, which is about 55 rides a week. This is slightly easier than when the Lyft sign up bonus was $5000 and there was a 1000 trip requirement in 90 days. This may still be hard to achieve for some drivers and may require working over 40 hours a week for two months.
In Los Angeles, you would earn about $15,000 in 90 days, including the $5000 Lyft bonus at the end of it. It does require some serious dedication to hit 333 rides every month, or about 12 rides every day for 90 days.
Figure about 2.5 trips an hour (including Lyft Line), you would be able to finish to Lyft bonus with a week to spare. I would only encourage full time drivers to attempt this. It is very tiring to be driving 40+ hours week in and week out. However, you would net about $5,000 (before Lyft fees) in that period of time, and get a $2000 Lyft bonus on top of that. You could be earning about $3,500 a month, including your Lyft bonus. You can always sign up now and then think about going through with it. The 60 day timer doesn’t start until you become an active driver.
- You can use my referral link here to sign up for Lyft and get those bonuses!
Uber Bonus for new Uber Drivers is now $700!
Update: The new driver Uber bonus is as high as $700 in San Francisco! You can see the post about the Uber bonus here:
In addition, the typical Uber bonus for new drivers are often very competitive compared to Lyft so always consider signing up for Uber for the Uber bonus after signing up for Lyft. The Uber bonus also requires completing a set numbers of trips in their first 30 days, like the Lyft bonus. Make sure to only attempt to drive for one sign up bonus at one time. You may be trying to drive for the Lyft bonus but then not get enough trips for the Uber bonus. The Uber bonus typically pays out in the next statement after you complete the necessary trips.
Is the Lyft Bonus Possible?
I was working almost nonstop this time last year to get a different $1000 Lyft bonus after 50 trips and we only had a week to do it with snow on the ground. You can read more about it here: How I earned $1750 after 50 Lyfts in 21 Hours in 3 days. If I did 50 trips after working my full time job on two weeknights and a full weekday after flying back to Boston on a redeye, anyone can do the required number of rides on just weekends alone (3 weekend days for 50 trips, 6 days for 100 trips). I have to comment that I didn’t drive on any rideshare service for the next two weeks because I was still recovering, so I wouldn’t recommend this strategy long term.
If I can get 50 trips between Monday morning and Wednesday night with six feet of snow everywhere, you can definitely do 50 or 100 trips in 30 days. Realistically, that is only 3 trips a day and I used to do about 6 trips on weeknights in addition to working all night Friday and all night Saturday. However, 250 in a month (for two months) is quite a stretch more than this and I would guess many Lyft drivers who signup for it won’t make it, unless they are already driving full time as a taxi driver or as an Uber driver.
How do I sign up to be a Lyft Driver?
To sign up for Lyft with a Lyft sign up bonus, you can use my referral link here to sign up for Lyft!
Here are the requirements for the Lyft bonus:
- Must be 21 and over
- Must have one year of driving history
- Must have a car 2004 or newer (some markets may have higher requirements due to local regulations)
Detailed Changes of Lyft Bonus:
Here is the list of changes [updated as of 10/12]:
- Baltimore: from $200 to $300
- Indianapolis: from $50 to $10
- Los Angeles: from $2000 to $5000 (1000 trips in 90 days)
- Orange County: from $100 to $2000
- Sacramento: from $50 to $350
- San Francisco: from $250 to $2000
- Seattle: from $500 to $150
- Silicon Valley: from $250 to $2000
- Washington DC: from $300 to $500
- Removed bonus in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Nashville, and New York City
How to earn another $500 as an Uber Sign Up Bonus:
Uber has been giving Lyft drivers a special Uber sign up bonus in order to steal Lyft drivers. They have been giving out a special Uber sign up bonus to Lyft drivers since early 2014. This approach has mostly worked to get Lyft drivers to sign up for Uber for the Uber bonus, but many of these Lyft drivers end up driving on both platforms.
You can also sign up for Uber and get $500 Uber sign up bonus from them as well! (Uber sign up bonus varies by city so email your local Uber office to verify your Uber sign up bonus)
Here are the requirements for the Uber sign up bonus:
- Be an active Lyft driver
- Have a car 2001 or newer (It may be different in some markets).
- Complete only 25 trips on Uber within 30 days of activation with Uber
- Be a noncommercial driver (such as uberX)
- Provide Uber with the most recent pay statement confirming their Lyft experience
You can sign up for Uber and get up to $500 in Uber sign up bonus. I would recommend you sign up for Lyft, get approved, and then sign up for Uber afterwards to get the Uber sign up bonus.
Complete Lyft Sign up Bonus List:
This list is of the current Lyft sign up bonuses as of this posting and subject to change:
|City of New Driver||New Driver Bonus Amount||Ride Requirement in 30 days|
*Lyft bonus amounts and ride requirements may vary in this region depending on the code used to start a driver application. Please Contact Us for details about your application.
**Rides required must occur within a 60 day period.
***Rides required must occur within a 90 day period.
Note that you don’t need to be an Uber driver to sign up for these promotions so you can be a brand new driver before signing up for this offer. This is a great way to get started with Lyft and try it out for 30 Lyfts. If you don’t like it, simply quit after doing the required Lyfts and getting your Lyft sign up bonus.
Terms of the promotion:
The referred new Lyft driver must:
- Start their application to become a Lyft driver during the promotion.
- Input the referring driver’s referral code in the “Referral code” field when originally applying.
- Complete 30 rides within 30 days of being approved as a Lyft driver, unless stated otherwise in the chart above. No more than two rides with the same passenger will count toward the ride requirement.
- Lyft driver eligibility and approval is determined at the sole discretion of Lyft, and is not guaranteed.
- The duration of the review process may vary.
- Participation in this promotion is subject to Lyft’s Terms of Service.
- This promotion runs for a limited time only, and terms and Lyft bonus amounts (if any) are subject to change. Cannot be combined with Weekly Guarantee Promotion or New Driver Promotion.
- The Lyft bonus amount (if any) is determined by the time and market of the referred new driver’s application, and can vary (for both applicant and referrer) by market. The amounts above reflect current Lyft bonus availability and may have been different at the time of the referral and new driver application.
- If an applicant has an existing application, they are only eligible for the referral Lyft bonus, if any, associated with that original application, and they are not eligible for any other referral Lyft bonus.
- In Boston, Denver, New York City, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. this promotion is limited to the first 1,000 applicants. In Chicago, this promotion is limited to the first 2,000 applicants. In Dallas, this promotion is limited to the first 500 applicants.
Once these requirements are met, the referred new driver will see the Lyft sign up bonus 1-2 direct deposits after the ride requirement is met. The referring Lyft driver will see the Lyft sign up bonus in their Lyft account 1-2 weeks after their referral’s ride requirement is met.
How Do I Sign Up?
To sign up, you can use my referral link here to sign up for Lyft![Note, I will also receive a similar Lyft sign up bonus for you to sign up and complete the trips. If you prefer to help out a friend, you can ask anyone you know who is a Lyft driver to sign up with their code and you both can get the same Lyft sign up bonus.]
What if I am already a Lyft driver?
Well do you know anyone who isn’t driving a Lyft driver yet? Refer them to drive on Lyft with your own referral code and you and your friend can earn the Lyft sign up bonus! It is that easy. Also, you would know if your friend would still continue to drive on Lyft or not so definitely pick people you know that would get the Lyfts done but maybe quit afterwards so you can get your Lyft sign up bonus and not risk increasing the driver pool. I have done this a few times myself and none of my personal referrals are still driving in Boston so we both got our Lyft sign up bonus but didn’t further dilute the driver pool.Have more questions about Uber or Lyft? Head on over to our Rideshare Driver Training Course! Driver Promotions