Is deadheading back from AP to the Eastside worth the gas consumption?

Marco Solo

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I've found some consistent success in early-morning AP runs from the Eastside, but the downside of my strategy is that I never catch any rematches from 0500-0700. I've been deadheading back from the AP to the Eastside to put myself back in position for more AP runs, and often get a second AP run from there.

I start my AM shift driving up I-405 from the south to my fishing hole. After an initial AP run down I-405, followed by deadheading back up to the Eastside, I will have used 1/8 tank of gas. (My tank holds nearly 11 gallons, and I get about 35 mpg.) After 2 roundtrip AP runs, I might be down to 3/4 of a tank.

This is getting expensive. Since I began eschewing Boost zones in Seattle during the AM commute in favor of early-morning AP runs, my full tanks are only lasting me about 1.5 days, instead of 2-3 days.

Should I skip returning to my Eastside fishing hole after the first AP run, and just deadhead in a different direction into DT Seattle instead? (Or to Federal Way?) It's a lot closer than the Eastside, and would save me gas. In my Eastside fishing hole, I can reliably expect that pings before 0530 will be AP runs. But in DT Seattle before 0700, my experience has been that most of the pings I get are for people commuting to work. Granted, sometimes they'll turn out to be someone going from a DT hotel across the lake to MS, but I hate getting trapped in DT for short AM commute trips.

Of course, a single $25 AP run will pay for an entire fill-up...
 
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The Ghost of Travis

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I couldn't imagine voluntarily going to the Eastside. But I dont have any fishing holes over there, I just want to get back to Seattle ASAP.
 

heynow321

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Uh I think you answered your own question. You’re wasting gas

I couldn't imagine voluntarily going to the Eastside. But I dont have any fishing holes over there, I just want to get back to Seattle ASAP.

Yeah the eastside is the worst. Stay away from it! Too many cheap msft employees
 

Dammit Mazzacane

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I. In my Eastside fishing hole, I can reliably expect that pings before 0530 will be AP runs. .... course, a single $25 AP run will pay for an entire fill-up...

That fishing hole must be near Renton or something. I perceive I have found myself fishing in the same area with success.
To answer the Q, in my opinion: I’d do it if the ROI compared to gas cost and time scrambling back north works (this depends on traffic). But while it may be effective I doubt it’s optimal.

One hampering factor is by having a car that gets 35 mpg, you can’t sit at the lot because of mpg requirements.
 

dimwit_driver

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I'm curious: are you actually expecting rematches in the 5-7 time range? You really might want to research flight arrival times.
 

Risab1981

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East side can be a gold mine. My first time out with my new XL/Select car was a Sunday. I started with a Select AP run from Kent. Since I have no TNC sticker, I had to drop and go without being able to go down to X and grab a re-match. I decided to drive up 405/ I90 instead of I-5. Got an AP run again from over there, so I decided to do it again, and again. I made almost $600 that day between rides & tips, never had more that 4 people in my car and burned about 3/4 of a tank of gas ($30-$35)
 

Marco Solo

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I'm curious: are you actually expecting rematches in the 5-7 time range? You really might want to research flight arrival times.
No, I've never expected rematches at those times. I mentioned it only because it was a factor in why I was deadheading back up to the Eastside.

East side can be a gold mine.
Concur. I can make my daily goal in just 4 hours on the Eastside. Then I can knock off before lunchtime starts.
 

mark_mark

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East side can be a gold mine. My first time out with my new XL/Select car was a Sunday. I started with a Select AP run from Kent. Since I have no TNC sticker, I had to drop and go without being able to go down to X and grab a re-match. I decided to drive up 405/ I90 instead of I-5. Got an AP run again from over there, so I decided to do it again, and again. I made almost $600 that day between rides & tips, never had more that 4 people in my car and burned about 3/4 of a tank of gas ($30-$35)
now every XL -X - UberEats, knows your route... kiss you $600 good bye
 

Marco Solo

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Seriously. I’ve never known the eastside to ever be worth anything. You might get lucky for an airport ride once a week
I get an AP run from the Eastside almost every morning, and get at least 3 afternoon AP runs from there each week.

Two AP runs is $50 bucks, if I read that correctly.
Typical AP run is $25-$28. With tip (usually at least $5-$7), 2 runs = more like $60-$70.
 

Lissetti

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It's only worth it if you have a Prius (50+ MPG) and you do this before 405 starts getting backed up. Once I did 5 back to back airport runs from a certain tech conference in Bellevue. This was before Re-Match. I stopped around 3:30 pm even though there were more runs to be had. At $20.00 a ride it's great as long as your moving, but by 3:30 pm traffic had made it so it was an hour each way.
 

Skinny1

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I sometimes cringe at a base airport run from the city.... much shorter distance ... if there’s a possibility I have to dead head back.

What does that tell you?

Cheese (surge) or boost... now that changes things. I actually skipped an airport run this AM (45min ping) that was base with all the boost going on around it.
 

Yooper

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