Every month, we like to update you on all the latest happenings in the world of sign up bonuses. Rideshare and delivery companies are always changing their bonuses and offering limited time promotions, so whether you’re referring drivers or just thinking about signing up, this series of posts should be very helpful.
If you’re already driving for Uber and Lyft, I’ll also include information about other companies that may be offering sign-up bonuses or hiring drivers in your area too. I think it’s more important than ever to diversify your income and work for multiple services so that you don’t have to rely on just one company for your income. In the past, I recommended signing up for Uber and Lyft, but with the emergence of delivery services, there are more and more legit options every day.
Here are the last couple posts in case you missed them:
Uber Is Making A Huge Holiday Sign-Up Push
At the beginning of December, I got an e-mail from Uber offering me $500 for every new driver I signed up. This is one of the highest referral amounts I’ve seen in the LA market for referring a new driver but the thing that stood out to me was that the driver I referred would only get $100!
Sorry but it just doesn’t seem right that I would get $500 and my friend would only get $100 and they have to do all the work. In other cities like San Francisco, the referring driver gets $750 and the new driver only gets $200. Talk about an awkward conversation with your friend:
“So I have to do all the work and I get a $200 bonus while you get $750 for doing nothing?”
If you’re a brand new driver, I’d try and find someone that will split the bonus with you or at least give you a couple hundred bucks. As usual, the bonus amounts (for referring driver and new driver) vary from city to city depending on how badly Uber needs drivers and most of the bonuses for new drivers are still in the $0-$500 range depending on the city.
If you’re a new driver and you’d like to sign up, you can use this link but you’ll have to verify the bonus amount with Uber ahead of time.
Lyft to Uber $500 Bonus Is Extremely YMMV These Days
If you’re a current Lyft driver, you may still be eligible for a rideshare referral bonus but make sure to e-mail your local support team to confirm that first. I usually tell brand new drivers they should sign up for Lyft first, so that they may become eligible down the road for a Lyft to Uber rideshare referral bonus. There are only a few markets left that are still offering this bonus (LA is not one of them).
If eligible, you can sign up for the $500 Lyft to Uber promotion by clicking here. After you sign up, all you need to do is let them know who referred you, send a screenshot of your Lyft profile and one pay statement to Uber in order to qualify for the bonus amount.
90 Day Retroactive Uber Referral Still Working
If you’re a relatively new Uber driver, but you never signed up with a bonus code, you are still be eligible to get a sign-up bonus as long as it’s been less than 90 days since you’ve been activated. You’ll just need the person who referred you’s name, Uber e-mail and Uber phone number.
I’ve confirmed this worked for several drivers, but you may need to try a couple times if the first CS rep doesn’t know what you’re talking about.
Feel free to reach out to me via e-mail if you would like to add me as the person who referred you.
Lyft Lowers Sign-Up Bonuses
Lyft just cut a bunch of their bonuses and while some cities are still offering $350-$500, many are much less. I would probably hold out until after the Holidays and see if they raise the bonuses back up if you’re not in a rush to get signed up.
Lyft recently updated their help website and their bonus amounts are listed on a new page. Lyft has done a pretty good job keeping this page updated so if you’re interested in driving for Lyft, you can see the bonus amount for your city here.
You can sign up to drive with Lyft by clicking here.
Lyft Retroactive Referrals Are YMMV
I actually got an anonymous e-mail from a Lyft CS rep who told me that Lyft does have the power to honor retroactive referrals similar to Uber, but you really have to be persistent. So if you applied for Lyft but forgot to enter a referral code, you may be able to contact them through their help page and get a code added. Just be persistent and don’t take no for an answer.
Lyft: Earn $20 For New Passenger Referrals Extended
If you’re in an eligible Lyft city, you can refer new passengers and get $20 cash when they take their first ride! This promotion was supposed to end in November but was just extended until December. You can get more information here and if you’d like to sign up to try Lyft as a passenger, claim your $50 in free ride credit here. New passengers get $50 in free ride credits (5 $10 rides).
(Note: Participating cities only)
Taking Advantage of Opportunities In Delivery
One area that I want to highlight this month is delivery. The delivery model has yet to prove profitable on an industry level, but that doesn’t mean these companies aren’t spending a lot of money recruiting, incentivizing and paying new drivers. As any experienced Uber/Lyft driver will tell you, opportunity is at its greatest when these services first launch in a new city.
So if you’re in a city with delivery options like DoorDash and/or Postmates, I think it’s a great idea to take advantage of the opportunity while it lasts. As more and more people start to sign up for these services, pay is going to go down and driver saturation will increase. But generally, there is pretty good earning potential at the onset since these companies subsidize pay, offer bonuses, guaranteed hourly pay, etc.
I recently signed up for DoorDash and it seems like every day I’m getting a text message offering me bonus cash to log in to specific areas and sometimes it’s just to go out and drive. Easy money…
DoorDash Offering Sign-Up Bonuses of $100 In Certain Markets
I wasn’t able to get a hold of a list of DoorDash sign-up bonuses by markets, but I can confirm that some markets are now offering sign-up bonuses of $100.
RSG reader Sergio sent me a screenshot from his iPhone dashboard that shows a $100 bonus here in Orange County, but for some reason, my Android dashboard doesn’t show this. So if you don’t see this on your app, the next easiest way to figure out if there’s a bonus in your market is to e-mail email@example.com.
You can sign up with Doordash by clicking here.
Postmates Offering Bonuses Of $30-$200
These bonuses aren’t exactly anything to write home about, but if you were considering signing up anyways, they’re not bad. Most cities are at $30, but there are a few here and there that are higher. You’ll have to double check the exact amount with your local Postmates market or you can also e-mail me if you’re interested in signing up and I can check for you.
Related Article: How Much Did I Make Driving For Postmates?
You can sign up with Postmates by clicking here, and if you’d like to use my referral code it’s ‘RSG‘.
December and January are typically a little slow for drivers and companies also tend to get new marketing budgets at the beginning of the year, so if I had to take a guess, I’d say we’ll see some higher bonuses starting in January and February for all of these companies, and especially the rideshare ones like Uber and Lyft.
Drivers, what do you think about this month’s sign-up bonuses? Are there any other companies out there that we should be looking into?
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-Harry @ RSG
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