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  1. AlteredBeast

    Lyft got slightly less crappy last night (app update?)

    You can now see the estimated distance to a queued ride as it gets offered to you in-app, plus it shows a picture of the rider with an accompanied color (which I would assume indicated Lyft vs. Lyft XL) Kudos for finally fixing 90% of the issues that I had with queued rides. Still another 10%...
  2. AlteredBeast

    $400 tip? Maybe...

    Had an interesting ride to end the night last night from the airport to downtown Omaha. Cool older ladies who definitely had too much plastic surgery in their lives. They let me long-haul them to their hotel, but needed to stop off at a bar downtown for a drink, which I said was fine, since...
  3. AlteredBeast

    And on my 2,520th ride...

    Finally had a puker who couldn't make it outside the car. She tried, but ended up splashing a fair amount of vomit inside my car. Her boyfriend or friend was the one who ordered the ride and she was the only rider lol I submitted pics and description through the "A Rider Made a Mess in my...
  4. AlteredBeast

    Uber cancellation fees

    Are you not compensated on Uber for driving to pick up a passenger and they cancel on you?
  5. AlteredBeast

    Thank goodness for off-app cash rides.

    I understand the risks and don't need/want to hear your lecturing. Last night, Thanks to surge still being shut off due to the State of Emergency in Nebraska, I made 218 in 8 hours. That's on a Saturday with Justin Timberlake in town and Michael Buble. In the rain. People at the end of the...
  6. AlteredBeast

    State of Emergency: Saint Paddy's Day

    Well, all weekend, on what should have been my biggest earning weekend of the year, Omaha and its surrounding areas had no surge because the governor of Nebraska issued a state of emergency due to the widespread flooding we have had. In an effort to avoid looking like they are engaging in price...
  7. AlteredBeast

    Come Take a Deep Dive With Me (Analyzing Surge/Long Pickup Fee/etc.)

    I crunched a few days worth of numbers to figure out exactly what is going on in the world of Uber (at least from an Omaha, NE perspective) On February 28th, we had Flat Surge finally launch in Nebraska...is it better for the driver or worse? Is it better for the passenger or worse? Are Long...
  8. AlteredBeast

    From what I can tell, at least in Omaha, Uber only screws you on short rides & Pickup Fees are totally worth it...

    I added up all of Uber's take on rides across the past few days and the only time they took even 20% of the ride total (minus booking fee, which I presume is used to pay their city and state taxes, fees, etc.), was on very short rides. Of rides at or near the minimum fare amount, they took...
  9. AlteredBeast

    How is the Long Pickup Fee Calculated?

    Yesterday, after a very snowy Saturday, had me earn several long pickup fees. They were, in this order: .50 .12 2.76 1.80 .82 6.16 How are these things calculated? Is there a multiplier built-in, based on the amount of time over 10 minutes I drove? Is it multiplied by the surge on that ride...
  10. AlteredBeast

    My new biggest ride ever

    A lot of you guys have stories of earning 150-200 or even more on a single ride. Up until last night, my biggest ride was $87 I believe. Last night I picked up a group of people from a birthday party in my wife's van. It was a 2.4 multiplier and with tip, I end up netting $117 for about 35...
  11. AlteredBeast

    My first day driving for Uber, my thoughts as a Lyft driver.

    Since June of 2018, I have only driven for Lyft. I have made good money on an hourly and overall basis, but wanted to make sure I wasn't leaving money on the table, so I decided to sign up for Uber to try it out. I ran both apps tonight. Here are my observations : Uber is definitely way busier...
  12. AlteredBeast

    Blown Opportunity last night

    Last night I picked up a drugged-out weirdo. I picked him up in Council Bluffs Iowa, which is notorious for being full of weird people. No offense if you're from CB oh, of course. LOL Anyway, when he gets in my car the first thing he says to me is, "you a cop?" I said no, I'm a Lyft driver. He...
  13. AlteredBeast

    Don't just a passenger by their rating

    I make it a point of picking up the really low-rated passengers and straight up telling them that their rating sucks when I do. I warn them the perils of bad behavior, bad smells, puking, asking too much of a driver (20 minute Taco Bell line? Sure, I'll wait for 15 cents/min!), etc. Sure...
  14. AlteredBeast

    "I'll tip you in the app"

    I figured out a way to get people to actually follow through and tip when they say that. I say, "Thanks, tips make a huge difference. I'll keep an eye out and then rate you after I see it come through. Thanks again!" When you say it that way, it triggers their desire to be consistent, their...
  15. AlteredBeast

    Post your NYE Hauls (and 2018 YTD if you got it!)

    I am always interested to see how everyone else fared in the most delightful day of the year: New Year's Eve. I started earlier than normal, hitting the road about 6:30pm. I normally start driving on busy nights about 8 pm, but I suspected people would go to dinner before drinking. I was...
  16. AlteredBeast

    Lyft Rate Card for your market

    I drive primarily in the Eastern Nebraska (basically Omaha and surrounding suburbs) section of the map. The rates for rides are as follows: Base rate for Lyft: 30 cents Per minute: 17 cents Per mile: 72 cents Minimum fee: 2.62 Lyft XL: Base rate: 45 cents Per minute 20.25 cents Per mile: 1.17...
  17. AlteredBeast

    Lyft Driver App constantly removing features...

    Anyone else getting sick of Lyft removing features in the app? No more estimated ride time before accepting a ride, so you risk driving 20 minutes to someone for a 3 minute ride... Yay. Now I can't even see the estimated drive time to pick someone up, either. Sometimes I can spitball it when...
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