Over the past couple of years, I have been watching the rise in the number of peer-to-peer ride sharing companies gaining traction, notably SideCar and Lyft. Not only are these options cheaper than taking a taxi, but the experience is completely different: it’s like having a friend pick you up and take you somewhere.
I recently joined the Lyft community both as a driver and as a passenger. I thought it would be a fun experience to get to know some more folks in San Francisco, and also because I just really appreciate both Lyft’s principles and its community. So far, it definitely has not steered me wrong. (Note: I am only driving a few times a month in the evenings; definitely did not quit my day job!) The other night I had a wonderful conversation with one of my Lyft passengers about travel hacking and collecting miles. (My favorite kind of conversation!) I also happened to make about $48 in donations within an hour of just giving a six awesome passengers a quick ride to where they needed to be. So I could definitely see this being a viable source of side cash or even income for other freelancers, students, and awesome people who love driving and might have some flexibility in their schedules after 5 pm.
What I want to share with you in this post though is a new $20 promotion code for all first-time Lyft passengers in Seattle! That should include everyone, since Lyft is only officially launching in Seattle tomorrow at noon and this promo code is their way of celebrating their entrance into the Emerald City. To get in on the promo code:
- Download the “Lyft” app to your iPhone or Android mobile device
- Create a new account and log in (or log into your existing account)
- Starting tomorrow, Friday April 12, 2013, you can click on the top left icon to pop up the options panels and insert the promo code under “Settings”
- The promo code is “YAYSEA” (again, this will only work starting tomorrow, Friday, 4/12/13 at noon, and last throughout the weekend)
That’s potentially a free ride! Give it a try if you are in Seattle this weekend. Definitely beats taking a taxi from the airport.
Yes! The days of shady taxi drivers and uncertain taxi meters are numbered!!
On a side note, I am on a flight to Austin today, and am planning on giving one of Lyft’s competitors, SideCar, a go once I land–mostly because Lyft does not operate in Austin yet. (Tip: f you are using SideCar, the promo code “FRIENDS” will get you +$10 credit on your first ride. Uncertain on the expiration date for the promo code.) It will be interesting to see how SideCar in Austin compares to my Lyft experiences.