My first week driving Uber-X in NYC

Inshur

GigEconomy

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So I hit the free rental incentive and the first 20 rides bonus. Now I'm trying to manage the incentives between Lyft and UBER.

I definitely like Lyft a lot more. Driving for Lyft seems warm and friendly Uber feels cold. Will update more soon. Just got a Lyft ping at JFK

Edit: so a lot of you guys jumped the gun in assuming that I'm ecstatic.

Incentives for $1500 per week began this Monday, so last week my only incentives were my car and the first 20 rides bonus.

My thoughts: X rates are LOW. I couldn't see myself putting in a lot of hours with UBER unless I had a car that qualified for Black/select/XLR

The no tipping option is a drag, and pax act like it's part for the course. My first 12 rides I only got a $2 tip. After that a couple older folks tipped me $20 each. But in general Uber riders seem entitled, and don't even tip when I help with their bags, chat them up, let them pick the music etc.

I can see why drivers don't support UBER. Driving for them feels cold.

I started splitting my time with Lyft this week, and I must say Lyft is a better product and pleasurable to drive for. ...you have X riders who select pool to go a few blocks through heavy traffic...raping my time and gas...at least lift charges more like a cab and compensates me for my time. Their commission still feels too high, but they are fighting for their survival.

Uber isn't good for drivers or for labor in general. And many Uber Pax are super entitled. Lyft riders just trend towards being cooler and mored compassionate humans. If it weren't for the incentives I'd only drive Uber when it's a decent surge or as I said earlier: a car that could get higher rates. I still however see it as a stepping stone for people who aren't earning at least $15 per hour (at least in NYC)
 
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alextheboss

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So I hit the free rental incentive and the first 20 rides bonus. Now I'm trying to manage the incentives between Lyft and UBER.

I definitely like Lyft a lot more. Driving for Lyft seems warm and friendly Uber feels cold. Will update more soon. Just got a Lyft ping at JFK
Shouldn't you have gotten $2,000? Guaranteed $1500+$500 sign up bonus. Or you didn't make the $1500, hopefully you didn't use the destination filter
 

ubershiza

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So I hit the free rental incentive and the first 20 rides bonus. Now I'm trying to manage the incentives between Lyft and UBER.

I definitely like Lyft a lot more. Driving for Lyft seems warm and friendly Uber feels cold. Will update more soon. Just got a Lyft ping at JFK
welcome to the gig economy slave trade, your hooked.
 

Uber Driver 007

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Wtf are you so happy with incentivized numbers? Tell us, Mr Cloud Nine, can you live with the actual numbers without the incentives? How much are you gonna be taking home when you're paying for the rental yourself and not getting these incentives? Please tell us oh wise man.
 

Slow Joe

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Wait did you also drive for Lyft this same week?

Unless you killed it with Lyft you probably should have made sure to collect the $2000 from Uber.
 

HerbyHerb

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Welcome to the new slave economy. You should look at your bottom line minus the incentivives before you start advertising on here. Also, you probably got more pings then the rest of us since you are new bc Uber would hate to pay you the guarantee. Wait until you finish the month. If anyone thinks there are no favoritism with the Uber robot, they are fools. The robot makes sure you don't even qualify for the weekly email guarantee
 
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Queens NY

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Well Done!

I tried to do exactly that with my 6K Guarantee but I always ended up a little over $30/hr so I gave up chasing by Friday. :smiles:

6K guarantee is basically a $30/hr guarantee in disguise, they want you to work long hours, accept all pings.

You did $21/hr, 1.38 trips/hr, exactly 50 hours with high acceptance rate. And you had time to chase your Lyft guarantee.

I don't know how you did it or where you hid at night, but you seem to know what you're doing, Bravo!
 
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GigEconomy

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Well Done!

I tried to do exactly that with my 6K Guarantee but I always ended up a little over $30/hr so I gave up chasing by Friday. :smiles:

6K guarantee is basically a $30/hr guarantee in disguise, they want you to work long hours.

You did $21/hr, 1.38 trips/hr, exactly 50 hours with high acceptance rate. And you had time to chase your Lyft guarantee.

I don't know how you did it or where you hid at night, but you seem to know what you're doing, Bravo!
No Lyft last week...also 6k only starts on a monday...this is my first eligible week
 
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