Harry here with another sign-up bonus update. Lately, Uber has been receiving even more bad PR than usual. Though Kalanick & Co. have taken steps to put their customers at ease, more than a few riders have already switched to Lyft – and the platform is now busier than ever. In addition, Lyft also announced its biggest expansion yet – the service just launched in more than 50 new cities across the US, including Lakeland, Ocala, Ft. Meyers, Des Moines, Amherst, Kalamazoo, and many more.
As you can probably guess, it’s a great time to sign up for Lyft! Here are some tips to help you maximize the bonus you’ll receive when you first sign up – as well as some intel on sign-on bonuses from Uber and other staple rideshare and delivery platforms.
Lyft Popularity Soars
More customers means more rides, and more rides means more money. This is definitely true when it comes to fares, and it’s typically true when it comes to sign-up bonuses, too. As I mentioned back in January, for many cities, Lyft’s new driver bonus is now applied on a per-ride basis – drivers receive extra money for each ride they complete in their first month, up to a specified amount. (The time period for earning incentives on rides varies depending on where you live – as does the maximum bonus payout.)
In the past, potential drivers have been able to contact Lyft support and inquire about the exact amount and terms of the sign-on bonus in their area. It seems Lyft has stopped responding to these inquiries – but if you like, you can still find out what the bonus is by signing up with fake info before you sign up for real.
Just make sure you can access the email address that you put in – a few minutes after you enter the info, Lyft will email you details on the current sign-on bonus in your specified area.
(Note: there’s a trick in gmail that allows you to add a ‘.’ anywhere in your e-mail and you’ll still receive messages so if your e-mail is email@example.com, use firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll still get it!)
If that’s too much hassle, you can always go ahead and use my referral link to sign up and get started right away. Bonus amounts vary widely, but new drivers are typically eligible to earn between $100 and $500 extra in their first month. Just make sure you read the fine print – if you want to get the biggest bonus you can, you’ll have to be sure to get those rides in before the deadline!
Uber Keeps On Truckin’
Despite all the bad publicity, Uber is still the predominant rideshare company. If you haven’t signed up for Uber yet, you’re probably eligible for a bonus. But be sure to read the fine print, though – a new driver “guarantee” is very different from a new driver “bonus.” The guarantee means that Uber will reimburse you if you take home less than a specified amount in your first few weeks of driving. The bonus means that Uber will pay you extra no matter what you’ve earned in fares (as long as you’ve completed the specified number of rides).
Like Lyft, Uber varies its sign-on bonuses depending on where you live. You can contact Uber to find out the bonus ahead of time, or you can go ahead and start earning it by clicking this link to begin your driver application – or by entering my referral code (3e3dg) in the app. The bonus you’ll receive is the same no matter whose referral code you use – it all depends on where you live – but you will need to enter someone’s referral code (or use their link) to be eligible for an incentive.
Retroactive Uber Bonuses
If you forgot to use my code when you signed up for Uber, you may still be eligible for a bonus. Uber typically accepts retroactive referral codes for up to two weeks after you’ve been accepted onto the platform. Contact Uber through the ‘Help’ section of the driver app by going to Account-> Help-> Payments and Rewards-> Driver Referrals -> Report a missing driver referral.
Or you can submit an inquiry through their website and let them know you signed up, but forgot to enter my referral code (3e3dg), and wanted to confirm the bonus. Send me a note, too – I’ll do everything I can to make sure we both get paid!
Delivery Options Abound
Delivering food is a great way to diversify your income – and get a break from making small talk with passengers. This is especially true during lunchtime! Most people aren’t out taking Uber and Lyft rides in the middle of the day – but they are ordering lunch for delivery.
UberEATS Sign-Up Bonuses
If you’ve driven for Uber before, you’ve likely been invited to participate in UberEATS – Uber’s food delivery service. We’ve got a brand-new primer for new UberEATS drivers here on the blog – check it out to learn more. To deliver for UberEATS, you’ll need to complete a brief online training segment and pick up an insulated carrying bag from your local Uber HQ. If you’re an existing Uber driver, there’s no sign-up bonus for UberEATS, but you can still add it as an option to your profile.
If you’re brand new and looking to only do food delivery with Uber, click here to sign up for UberEATS and collect your referral bonus.
Sign Up For DoorDash
Another popular delivery company is DoorDash. With DoorDash, you’ll work in blocks – not on-demand like with Uber and Lyft. The good news is, you’re free to drop and reschedule blocks as needed – and you’ll likely receive tips on top of your base payouts. (For more on DoorDash, read about my experience here.) There are no sign-up bonuses for DoorDash using our link but you may be able to find one online – just make sure to verify the amount ahead of time with DoorDash.
With DoorDash, you can also cash out daily after you’ve hit the road using DailyPay. Previously, the service was only available to Uber drivers – but the company has expanded to accept DoorDash earnings as well. This is a cool integration because now you can work for multiple services in one day and still get a single payment at the end of the day.
Sign Up For Postmates
If you’re still hungry for delivery options, check out Postmates. The service operates in a large number of US cities, and you’ll get to deliver more than just food – Postmates couriers also pick up from retail establishments. Postmates’ sign-on bonuses remain high – up to $200 in some cities. This is another great way to dip a toe into the delivery waters; if you’ve already delivered with DoorDash or UberEATS, Postmates will be a piece of cake. Go ahead and grab those bonuses by using this link to sign up for Postmates.
Have you taken advantage of any of these sign up bonuses, and are you thinking of signing up with a delivery company?
-Harry @ RSG
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