Experienced Uber and Lyft drivers know it’s most profitable to drive in blocks of at least a few hours or more since it takes some time to get into a groove, and you can minimize dead miles that way. But what if you only wanted to drive for Uber on your way to and from work or while running errands around town?
Uber’s had a destination filter for a while now that lets you set a specific destination and only get rides headed in that direction – but it might double or even triple your commute time. So when Uber announced they’d be adding a new feature called Arrival Times (a time component to the destination filter), I was excited to try it out. I came up with a new driving strategy based on this new feature, where we can set a destination and an arrival time.
I work from home so I don’t have an office that I commute to every day, but I do travel all around Los Angeles. For the past few months, I’ve been turning on my destination filter nearly every time I leave the house to see how much I could earn.
During the course of my experiment, I made 26 commutes, matched with at least one rider 17 times and earned $116.99 after expenses. The total earnings from this experiment weren’t huge, but I did earn over $30 per hour if you averaged out all of my trips.
Let’s dive into the numbers and see how it looks: