At the Rideshare Guy, we are all about using all the tools in the rideshare driver toolbox to maximize earnings. Senior Contributor Sergio Avedian uses everything available to him to increase his income, from completing quests and Consecutive Ride Bonus (CRBs) to Flat Rate Surge and Destination Filter (DF) strategies. Here’s how drivers can use Lyft’s scheduled rides to maximize their earnings and minimize dead miles.

    It has been a great run over the past 6-8 weeks since I started driving again after being idle for two years. I was lured in by hefty Quests and Consecutive Ride Bonuses. I have done really well, and I would say this is as good as I’ve seen it over the past 5 years.  

    As I’ve covered before, I am a surge mostly/only driver. I have been for as long as I can remember, but there are weeks that you have to grind when the mythical surge has disappeared. 

    This past week was one of those grind it out weeks for me, as there was no surge, only pale white maps in Los Angeles. Luckily for me, Uber had offered high CRBs to the tune of 3 for $30 almost all week long during the afternoon rush hour. 

    I knew gnarly Los Angeles traffic was going to be something I had to deal with, but I needed to prove to myself that I can still make decent money without surge. 

    But the first hurdle to jump over is how to get to the Uber CRB zones. Do I wait to get lucky with a ride to take me there or do I use one of my tools and also get paid for it? Enter: Lyft’s scheduled rides.

    How to Deploy Lyft Scheduled Rides on the App

    Turn on your app, click on the menu tab with three parallel lines on the upper left-hand corner of your screen, and you will be taken to the second screen in the photo. Under More Ways To Earn, click on Scheduled Pickup and you will see the following.

    From left to right: Screenshot 1, from the vast list of scheduled rides offered, pick one that is most advantageous for you. For me, it was the one in Screenshot 2 for December 1. 

    This is all done a day ahead, with very little stress. You know that your ride is ready to take you to the promised land. The app takes over after that, giving you plenty of guidance regarding when to go online the day of the ride, etc. 

    Once you’re online, Lyft will match you with the passenger and you are on your way picking up your Scheduled Ride, Screenshot 3.

    How to Utilize Lyft Scheduled Rides to Get to the Uber CRB Zones

    As I have previously written, I prefer Uber over Lyft as a driver. But does that mean that I am married to Uber? NO! Lyft offers me a lot of valuable tools to maximize my earnings in combination with Uber’s weekly incentives.

    One of the problems with Uber’s consecutive ride bonuses is that a driver has to be in a specific zone in Los Angeles to accept the first ride to start the streak. I am not as lucky as some who live in the city; I live about 20 miles outside of Los Angeles in a suburb. 

    I hate dead miles as every driver should, so I figured out an easy way to get to the Uber CRB zones and get paid while doing it.

    Lyft scheduled rides are disliked and underutilized by most drivers, but I love them. Each day I decided to work this past week to take advantage of hefty Uber CRBs, I used a Lyft scheduled ride to get me there. 

    The following screenshots are self-explanatory. 

    Each ride above was a scheduled ride I planned the day before, and I made sure that they all ended up in the Uber CRB zones so I could immediately get to work on them and finish as many as possible since my bread and butter surge was non-existent the whole week. 

    Uber also had offered me 30 for $160 quest, so in combination with the CRBs, I was ahead between $13-$15 before I even accepted any ride request. Well, those numbers made me forget about surge.

    My Results

    Over the past 6-8 weeks, every time I decided to drive, I averaged $50-$60 per online/active hour or more. That’s as good as it gets in Los Angeles. However, both Uber and Lyft are cutting back on driver promotions while charging passengers astronomical fares. 

    Fortunately, I have decided to join the SHOW ME THE MONEY club. When Uber and Lyft offer me promotions worthy of driving, I will do so, otherwise, my car will stay in the garage. 

    The driver shortage is real, at least in Los Angeles, and so I think a lot of people decided to join the same club.

    I didn’t do as well as the past few weeks, due to lack of surge, but I still managed $43/online and $47/active hour. 

    These numbers would have been higher if the Uber system did not cheat me out of at least another $100. Is the following a coincidence? I don’t think so, because only on the third leg of a CRB when I was about to complete it, the Uber network magically would glitch. 

    Not so fast Uber, I will get my money from you one way or another! I just hate calling Driver Support to chase my own tail! 

    What Are You Seeing, Drivers?

    If my numbers start dipping below $40 an hour, I will stop driving. Add to my Uber totals the five scheduled Lyft rides I did to get me to the CRB zone, and it was a $1300 week in 25-28 hours – not too shabby! 

    What is it like in your market right now? Have you thought about using Lyft’s scheduled rides to increase your earnings?

    -Sergio @ RSG

    Sergio Avedian

    Sergio Avedian

    Sergio has been driving Uber and Lyft for about five years. He has over 6000 rides on both platforms, mostly on Uber. Sergio has a degree in finance, and worked on Wall St. for over eighteen years. In his free time, he still trades stocks and derivatives for himself and a few friends. He is also a PGA certified golf instructor, teaching golf is his passion. Sergio is married with two wonderful kids who take the rest of his afternoons/weekends between their soccer practices and golf tournaments.