My Experience With Lyft: The Latest Ride-sharing Service
You want to know what else happened? I went to Alcatraz for the first time. Pretty touristy of me right, considering I grew up in the Bay Area? But while I was on the island I actually met one of the final 12 living Alcatraz inmates. He’s the only one that comes back and visits!
That was cool. Well, onward to what I’m really writing about.
Stupid me. I realized last minute that I needed a ride home from the San Diego airport. I booked a flight to land at 2:20PM on a Tuesday. It’d be a total pain in the butt to get a friend to pick me up.
A 10-mile taxi ride from the airport is about $35. A towncar is only $39. But I didn’t even want to spend that much.
Recently I had heard about this new ride-sharing service called Lyft, and I thought “Why not check it out?”
What is Lyft?
It’s “on-demand” ride-sharing, or “your friend with a car.” I think the term “ride-sharing” sounds like a carpooling service. It’s not.
It’s connecting you with background-checked, interviewed, insured drivers of their own cars. Their well-kept, clean cars. That weren’t puked in the night before.
That’s what Lyft is. You know what else it is? It’s cheaper than a taxi.
And it’s also a job opportunity for you if you have a 4-door car of larger (go to their website if you want details on that).
Why Not Cabs?
Mainly, they’re more expensive.
Next, you don’t nearly the same friendly service.
And they’re not as clean.
Did you know that cab companies have to pay enormous fees to the county or city to even operate? That’s why ride-sharing companies like Lyft are able to charge about 30% less than cabbies.
Back To the Story
Here’s the play-by-play of my Lyft experience.
2:12PM – Landed early
2:20PM – Taxied till the scheduled landing time anyways
2:14PM – Whipped out 3 year old iPhone
2:17PM – Opened the Lyft app
Lyft is crazy easy to use! You must download the app on your phone; enter your info and payment info. And you’re set to go. There’s no paying (and feeling obligated to tip) the driver directly!
2:27PM – Requested a “Lyft”
2:28PM – Lyft shows you a map of the nearest drivers and how many minutes away they are.
2:29PM – Called Driver
My driver was super nice and accommodating. Lyft heralds themselves as finding only fun, energetic people that are nice. I told him I hadn’t picked my bag up and wasn’t ready for the Lyft. He said that’s fine, he’d wait 5 minutes, then head over and started circling around till I called him back.
What’s nice is I was actually calling a Lyft number that rolls to him—so the driver doesn’t actually have my phone number and he doesn’t have to give away his.
2:38PM – Got an automatic text that my driver had arrived. As he was getting closer I could see his “blue dot” getting closer to my location!
2:40PM – Grabbed bags
2:42PM – Walked out and saw the pink mustachioed car
2:43PM – Flagged my driver down
2:44PM – Shotgun!
3:01PM – Home!
3:03PM – Paid
I paid for the Lyft right there in my phone. No exchange with the driver. BUT, he was gracious and gave me a $20 coupon toward my first ride. So I only paid $5! I told him to show me how to give him a tip because he was that awesome, and he refused!
Did I mention that my Lyft driver had candy? And cold water waiting for me?
And he was wearing a pirate hat and had a whole pirate theme going on?? If you don’t like fun, Lyft is not for you.
But this guy was fun, cool, and legit. He’s former military, but he’s not the “officer” type. He has kids and loves to do fun magic shows for theme so he’s got stock costumes that he likes to roll out in!
My Lyft ride cost $25, compared to a $34 taxi ride. Minus the $20 coupon!
Setting up and Signing up for your Lyft Ride
Just go to your Android or Apple app store and download the app to your phone. It’s got to interact with your GPS and this is how you pay.
Need a coupon? Ask for one. Here’s another $10 coupon code he gave me for the next ride. I have no idea if it’ll work for you though but you can punch it into the app right now and see if it works! [PF72GD]
This is my first review of anything, so I don’t have a grading scale. But on a scale of “Medium” to “10”, I give them 4 stars!
Lyft was an excellent service. Fun, and extremely responsive and convenient. And at 30% less than your typical cab service.
Lyft is only being rolled out in select cities so see if they are available in yours.
Interested in Lyft? Check out their website.
Want to know more about their pricing? Take a look at what I wrote on that too!
Todd Mayfield curates and co-owns the Men’s Lifestyle Blog Fearless Men. They just started a new site – Fearless Dollar. This time, it’s not just for men. After realizing 50% of their readership is women, they decided to create a Personal Finance site to help people overcome any obstacle to take their money further.