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Lyft Signup Bonus is now $1000 in Select Markets!

Lyft Signup Bonus is now $1000 in Select Markets!

[Lyft updated the promotion so that it is now 30 Lyfts by March 8th for those who registered after 3pm EST on 2/27, and less cities are now part of the promotion. Read more details below.]

This is probably the craziest promotion I’ve ever seen in the rideshare space and I’ve been in it for over a year now. Last year, Uber and Lyft were giving out $500 to poach each others drivers. Uber’s promotion was extended this year and included up to a $1000 bonus for Lyft drivers, which is still active as of this post.

[Update 3pm 2/27: Terms have changed, now it is 30 Lyfts by March 8th if you signed up after 3pm EST on 2/27. For those who signed up before 3pm on 2/27, the offer was only 1 Lyft by March 5th.]

Lyft is definitely responding in a big way here. Here are the list of cities that will pay $1000 for you to sign up and do 30 Lyfts by March 8th

You can sign up using my referral link here.

Note, I will be the recipient of this bonus and I would greatly appreciate it if you do use this link to support this blog! Otherwise, you can use a friends code as well and its a quick way to make a friend, or lose friends who you didn’t sign up with.

Personally, I think this is an awesome deal, BUT you need to take your first Lyft by March 5th, which can be a bit tough as their background checks usually take about a week. I’ve seen some drivers get on the road in a few days but others as long as two weeks but for $1000, it is totally worth to try it!

I think this is a great deal but now the offer is for 30 Lyfts which seems good. The issue will be to get approved, but in many of these cities, it will be easy to knock out 30 Lyfts in about 12-15 hours, so just one weekend. I did about 23 Lyfts two weeks ago in about 9 hours, so just about 2.5 Lyfts an hour (Lyft HQ reported 3 Lyfts per hour during the Boston snowstorm, but I don’t think that is a realistic number. 2-2.5 is much more attainable).

Further details are below, along with a slew of other promotional offers Lyft is throwing out:

If you apply on or after 12 p.m. PST (3 p.m. EST) on February 27​

$1,000 Double-Sided Referral Bonus

Boston, Nashville, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

(Note, I will be the recipient of this bonus and I would greatly appreciate it if you do use this link to sign up! Otherwise, you can use a friends code)

If you applied before 12 p.m. (3 p.m. EST) on February 27

$1,000 Double-Sided Referral Bonus

Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Denver, Seattle, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, Miami, Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles

(Note, I will be the recipient of this bonus and I would greatly appreciate it if you do use this link to sign up! Otherwise, you can use a friends code)

$500 New York City Double-Sided Referral and Sign-On Bonus

(Note, I will be the recipient of this bonus and I would greatly appreciate it if you do use this link to sign up! Otherwise, you can use a friends code)

What is involved to get the $1000 Bonus?

So the huge obstacle is to be approved and then give one Lyft by March 5th (March 2nd in NYC, which may be possible as drivers already have TLC to sign up). Here are the series of events that needs to take place:

It is not as easy or quick as Uber, but their mentoring process ensures a level of quality in the driver and cars that protect the brand and for the most part it works just fine. Just stick with it and you’ll be in the clear for the $1000 signup bonus!

Existing Driver’s Bonus

The bonuses below are for drivers who haven’t driven in the past month. They are giving out up to $500 for those drivers to complete up to 30 rides. These are targeted promotions and only exist for existing Lyft Drivers who got the offer in the email. You can email to Lyft to clarify if you are eligible for the promotion.

Boston, New York City

Drivers who receive the email to opt in to this program, and give at least 30 rides in the Boston or New York City coverage area between Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. local time and Sunday Mar. 1 at 8 p.m. local time, are eligible to receive a $500 bonus. No more that two rides can be with the same passenger.

Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Nashville, Washington, D.C.

Drivers who receive the email to opt in to this program, and give at least 30 rides in the specific market’s coverage area between Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. local time and Sunday Mar. 1 at 8 p.m. local time, are eligible to receive a $300 bonus. No more that two rides can be with the same passenger.

San Francisco

Drivers who receive the email to opt in to this program, and give at least 60 rides in the San Francisco coverage area between Friday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. local time and Friday Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. local time, are eligible to receive a $300 bonus. No more that two rides can be with the same passenger.

Los Angeles

Drivers who receive the email to opt in to this program, and give at least 60 rides in the Los Angeles coverage area between Friday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. local time and Friday Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. local time, are eligible to receive a $300 bonus. No more that two rides can be with the same passenger.

San Diego

Drivers who receive the email to opt in to this program, and give at least 60 rides in the San Diego coverage area between Friday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. local time and Friday Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. local time, are eligible to receive a $150 bonus. No more that two rides can be with the same passenger.

Other Promotions:

Here are some of the other promotions, many of which are overrided by the giant promotion up top. These are for applicants in the past month.

$200 Double-Sided Referral

There’s never been a better time to bring your friends on board. In Boston, Chicago, Denver, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Nashville, New York City, and Dallas we’re bonusing both the referrer and the new driver $200, if the new driver fits the criteria:

(Note, I will be the recipient of this bonus and I would greatly appreciate it if you do use this link to sign up! Otherwise, you can use a friends code)

$200 Sign-On Bonus

We’re offering an additional $200 sign-on bonus for new drivers in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Seattle, and Dallas. Here’s how to sign up:

$100 Resurrection Bonus

If you’re already a Lyft driver in Boston, Chicago, or Denver, but haven’t driven in awhile, we have a promotion for you too:

Note: For all of the above promotions, please allow up to seven days to receive the bonus, after reaching 30 rides. If you encounter issues with processing the bonus, please reach out to us no later than March 31st.

The full and up to date post can be seen here: Lyft – Pay – Current Promotions

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