Harry here with another sign-up bonus update. Fall is upon us, and with the busy holiday season fast-approaching, now is the perfect time to start preparing for the increased demand. If your holiday season could use a cash infusion, why not add a new revenue stream or two to your repertoire – and collect a nice sign-up bonus to boot?
One such revenue stream is Juno. You may have heard about this new kid on the rideshare block before – now, we’re pleased to inform you that they’re accepting pre-registrations! Personally, I’m really excited about Juno: Their low commissions offer a big improvement for drivers’ bottom lines, and their driver-focused culture is a breath of fresh air to the industry. Read on to learn more.
Also, make sure to check out our podcast interview with Cameron, one of Juno’s top drivers!
In case you missed them, here are our last few updates on the sign-up bonus offerings available from Uber and others:
- September Update: Is Uber Ditching Sign-Up Bonuses?
- August Update: Busy Schedules Means More Trips!
- July Update: New Delivery Options With Caviar
Uber: Sign-Up Bonuses Increasing
Last month, we learned that Uber was testing guaranteed earnings instead of sign-up bonuses in several major cities, but it looks like they’ve moved back to offering sign-up bonuses in those cities.
Uber doesn’t publish a list of sign-up bonuses, but Fall is typically when we see increased bonus amounts due to Halloween and New Year’s Eve causing big spikes in demand. The amounts vary though, and while some cities may have none at all, in really busy areas like NYC, they’ve been known to top $700.
The best way to find out what your bonus offering would be is to send a quick note to email@example.com, and ask – they’ll be happy to tell you the details. Just be sure to read all the fine print – especially the number of rides you’ll need to complete, and the time frame you’ll have to complete them. If you’re ready to get started, you can click here to start driving with Uber today
Uber Retroactive Referral
Sometimes you can still earn a sign-up bonus even if you forgot to use a referral link or code when filling out your application. In order to do so, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you signed up but forgot to enter my code (3e3dg) and wanted to confirm the bonus. For more on how Uber’s sign-up bonus process works, both normally and retroactively, click here.
Lyft: Sign-Up Bonuses Holding Steady
Although Lyft followed Uber’s lead earlier this year by removing their list of sign-up bonuses by city, that doesn’t mean those Lyft bonuses aren’t still out there (you can still get a partial list here). Like with Uber, Lyft’s bonus offerings vary widely by city. Some areas may have none, while bonuses in busy areas like Vegas have been known to top $500.
The holiday season usually makes for a perfect storm of driver shortages. As on-demand workers take time off to be with their family and friends, hundreds of thousands of people are hitting the road (and the sky) to see theirs – and they need rides. For this reason, I expect that many cities will enjoy profitable bonus offerings in the coming weeks. To find out what’s going on with bonuses in your city, feel free to contact Lyft and ask, or go ahead and sign up with my referral link to start earning that bonus right away.
Juno: Lower Commissions = Higher Earnings
Juno recently completed its 1,000,000th ride in NYC – a huge milestone given how thoroughly Uber and Lyft have dominated the rideshare scene in recent years. Juno offers some great perks to drivers, on the (correct) assumption that, as the basis of any rideshare app, they ought to be treated fairly. Uber takes cuts of up to 25% out of each fare (or more); with Juno, that cut is only 13%. Although that may not seem like a huge difference, that percentage applies to every single ride – and thus to every single paycheck. Add to that the fact that Juno offers drivers the ability to acquire shares in the company, and you have a company that you can truly feel good about partnering with.
Personally, I would love to see Juno continue to carve out a place for itself in the rideshare industry. Until now, drivers have always seemed like something of an afterthought to rideshare companies. Although Lyft is certainly better than Uber in this regard, there’s still room for improvement. Falling rates and poor communication from TNCs have been a problem almost since rideshare became a thing, and so far it seems like Juno is doing a great job of beating the big names at their own game.
Although Juno is only active in New York right now, they’re accepting applicants from all over as they seek to expand the service – and to sweeten the deal, they’re offering 24 months of guaranteed 10.5% commission. Learn about what it’s like to drive for Juno here or go ahead and sign up now to lock in that lowered commission.
Delivery: Small Bonuses, Big Paychecks
Did you know that you can make just as much money, if not more, by delivering food instead of people? It sounds strange, but in many areas, it’s true. Food delivery customers are expected to tip – and the vast majority do so. These tips can add up to a lot of extra cash in your pocket. Plus, in terms of miles-per-day, working delivery can be easier on your gas tank (and wallet) – you can expect to spend at least a portion of your time hanging out at restaurants waiting for food to be ready, rather than cruising around hunting for pings.
Now is the busy season for food delivery – colder weather and busier schedules mean that more people want to eat in. Although most delivery outfits’ sign-on bonuses pale in comparison to those available from Lyft, et al., they can still put some extra cash in your wallet. DoorDash offers sign-up bonuses up to $250 in select cities. To find out the current DoorDash bonus in your area, send an email to email@example.com or click here to sign up for DoorDash using our affiliate link.
Amazon Flex Is Coming to San Francisco
Amazon Flex is looking for drivers in San Francisco. Flex estimates that their delivery people will earn about $30/hour in SF. They are also offering a $150 Amazon.com gift card for new drivers who complete a delivery shift before Nov 13th. You can get this bonus by signing up here.
Another major player in the delivery game is Postmates. This month, 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, Postmates will be a piece of cake. Go ahead and grab those bonuses by using this link to sign up for Postmates.
If you like getting paid instantly for the work you do (and who doesn’t?), DailyPay offers a great program which helps you cash out every time you hit the road. Previously, the service was only available to Uber drivers – but the company has expanded to accept DoorDash, Postmates, Instacart and Fasten 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.
Drivers, what do you think of this month’s bonuses? If you’re not driving yet, are you considering driving for the fall/holiday rush?
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-Harry @ RSG