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Airport questions

Discussion in 'Advice' started by mcxvmc, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. mcxvmc

    mcxvmc

    Location:
    Arizona
    Driving:
    UberX
    After you pick up a passenger from the airport and drop them off at their destination, do you drive back to the airport and pick up the next ride in queue or do you wait around at the destination where you dropped off your passenger to pick up riders in that area?
     
  2. oldfart

    oldfart

    Location:
    Fort Myers
    Driving:
    UberXL
    It depends. We are a resort/vacation/second home market winters are out busy season, summers not so much , And this summer has been slower than usual due to a water quality problem at our beaches So this year most of our customers are locals

    This past winter if I took someone from the airport I would work wherever the ride took me and could count on a ride back to the airport

    This summer I’ve been deadheading back to the airport, at least I know I’ll get a ride here

    So it depends
     
  3. mbd

    mbd

    Location:
    Dallas
    What is your avg $ ride from the airport??
    Mine is around $25, if the ride is 10 dollars, I go right back , and usually
    get another one fast, regardless of the queue. If the ride is non money making ride, and you have good acceptance rate, Algo should find you a ride faster.
    It knows that you are doing a bad ride.
    Your acceptance rate needs to be high.
    Also, we got two airports, so if the drop off is anywhere near the other airport, straight to the queue
    Drivers who start at 4 am near the airport, usually make good money and
    4 am customers are good, and they tip.
    I start after 9 am.



    It is mostly highway miles, so you are getting 30 to 40 percent more fuel efficiency and way less tear on your body and vehicles( way less maintenance)
    200,000 on highway miles is better than 75000 stop and go vehicle.
    Just look at your transmission fluid color..., 75,000 highway miles vs stop and go miles.
    if you are doing ride-share
    and you trade in your vehicle, you will not get too much value for your vehicle
    once it goes past 200,000 miles. Does not matter if the vehicle has 200,000,
    300,000 or 400,000
     
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  4. oldfart

    oldfart

    Location:
    Fort Myers
    Driving:
    UberXL
    Agreed on the early morning start. The first departing flights take off at about 6 am. If I have the app on at 3:30 I almost always get a ride from my neighborhood to the airport and there is often time to double back to grab another
     
  5. Sitting in line at the airport with 20 other cars is not a good plan.
     
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  6. SuzeCB

    SuzeCB

    Location:
    NJ
    Driving:
    UberX
    Only 20? That's about a 5 minute wait most of the time at EWR.
     
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  7. Depends on holidays and events, when uni goes on break. I can garantee il get a trip to the airport, so won’t bother being anywhere near the airport, noones flying in, when holidays are over, there’s plenty of people coming back, and no one leaving,

    It’s knowing your area, and profitability,
    Those trips are great, our airport opens at 330am,4 flights leave at 6am, town closes at 3am,not many cars are on, surge goes up, no traffic, good money, and I’m finished by 930am when it gets very quiet, no money ubering during the day, everyone’s at work
     
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  8. alvarezca

    alvarezca

    Location:
    nashville
    If you have to ask that, I feel for you
     
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  9. CJfrom619

    CJfrom619

    Location:
    San Diego 619
    Driving:
    UberX
    Lol yea I was gonna say a 20 car wait is basically no wait at all in my area...are queue can routinely get over a 100 cars with a 30-45 minute wait.
     
  10. oldfart

    oldfart

    Location:
    Fort Myers
    Driving:
    UberXL

    I dont know whether you are asking me ... but Ill comment anyway

    $25 is probably about right for me but I think your comment about the algorithm is nonsense.. It a next up thing, plain and simple,,,at least thats what I think.. If the algorithm balanced long and short rides then there would have been no reason to introduce the' short ride" notice. (if you dont know what that is: In the case of a really short ride, you get a notice on the ping that it is a short ride and if you take it, you will retain your place in the queue when you return) Also I wouldnt ever have a bad, day, everyday would be average... and they are not


    I live about a half an hour from the airport and start the apps at 3:30 from home. ... I almost always get a ride to the airport.. I now have a regular lyft customer, who works at the airport If Im at the 7/11 near his home at 5:15 I get the ping for a $20 ride So the perfect start to my day is a ride at or before 4 to the airport from home, then doubleback for my regular guy and start my day with $50 before 6am I take my place in the queue; usually at about 15 lyft, 6-10 X and 1-5 XL... and then I wait

    I dont know about your airport but here its like the wild west There are several groups of two to ten or more drivers working together to maximize their chances for high paying rides. I dont know all their games, but Im told that one group uses a piece of electronic equipment so that their guys come into the lot at #1.

    One group employs a person to stay at the airport and hold the phones for the others, So One driver can go out on Lyft and leave his uber phone behind . When he returns from the lyft ride , he has moved up the uber queue,. When he gets his uber ride he leaves the lyft phone behind.

    Another group gives all their phones to one guy who goes to the airport at 3 or 4am so that that group is always at the front of the queue for the first flights of the day. Its not unusual for me to arrive early and see only 1 or 2 cars on the lot and my position is #6 or so

    and almost everyone screens and cancels the short rides.

    My routine is to take what I get, and than work wherever the ride takes me.. but if I have to wait more than 30 min for a ride, I start back to the airport
     
  11. mcxvmc

    mcxvmc

    Location:
    Arizona
    Driving:
    UberX
    what u tryna say?
     
  12. I only go in the Airport que

    1. If I drop someone off at the airport, then take one out.
    2.Its really slow everywhere else, set destination filter on uber usually end up with number 1.
    3.I need entertainment value do to my crappy day.
     
  13. oldfart

    oldfart

    Location:
    Fort Myers
    Driving:
    UberXL
    If there weee only 20 cars it would be a great plan
     
  14. AGAIN...The knowledge warms me an makes me super happy!!

    Thanks guys!!!
     
  15. When I drive on Sunday night, I tend to do nothing but airport pickups. Typically not a long wait in the queue and very busy. After dropping off, I typically head back towards the airport but will take anything else that pops up, but that doesn't happen much.
     

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