The new sharing economy is bringing a surplus of new jobs that were unheard of before thanks to technology and the dying breed of rude taxi cabs. Extra income working a part time job driving a new or partially used car can bring in some big bucks especially with a good attitude.
Lyft Up to $1,000 New Driver Bonus
For a limited time, earn a $1,000 bonus after 250 rides when you become a Lyft Driver in targeted cities such as Dallas, Texas. These do not last very long so you should sign up for the $1000 Lyft Driver Bonuses now if you live in Dallas, New York City, or San Francisco. You can get a $750 in other cities. Lyft recently brought back the big $1000 new driver bonus starting with San Francisco and added New York City to the list. The bonuses have been increasing as Lyft continues its fight for market share.
Sign Up Today As A Lyft Driver:
1. SIGN UP HERE! To Become A New Lyft Driver and Qualify for A Bonus.
2. Make sure to get approved within 30 days of starting your application with a background check, mentor ride, etc.
3. Complete all your rides within 30 days after being approved as a Lyft driver
New customers can now get up to $50 in free Lyft credits.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
1. Click here to sign up and you should see the above screen showing $20 Lyft credit. You will also have a free ride credit worth $20. (more…)
Discover Bonus Categories 2017
Use Your Discover it Card to Earn 5% Cash Back on Sam’s Club (in-store and online), Online Costco Purchases, and Gas in the first quarter of 2017. The ground transportation bonus category is broad. It includes purchases like subway passes, railway tickets, taxis and tour bus tickets. Plus, it will include rideshare such as Uber and Lyft spending. You can get up to $75 cash back each quarter on bonus categories with your Discover it card. if you do not have the Discover It Card you can get it here with a sign-up bonus!
The Discover 5X categories starting January 2017 will be:
1. Gas stations (Supermarket stations may not be eligible)
2. Ground transportation
3. Wholesale clubs – Sam’s Club, Costco (Online), BJ’s Wholesale
You can activate the bonus now for spending from January 2017 through March 2017.
Another great thing about Discover Card is they have no foreign transactions fees, so you can use it on bonus purchases when traveling to places such as London or Prague.
Chase Freedom Bonus Categories for 2017
The Chase Freedom bonus categories have been released for the first 2 quarters of 2017. You’ll get 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) on up to $1,500 in combined spending when you spend at gas stations and on commuter transportation from January to March 2017. You can usually buy groceries, beer, lottery tickets, and more at gas stations!
You’ll also earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you shop at grocery stores and drug stores from April to June 2017, on up to $1,500 in combined purchases.
You can activate the bonus now or apply for the Chase Freedom card here if you do not have it yet.
Airport Ride Promo Codes:
1. Click here to sign up if you have not already taken a ride with Lyft. You can then get a $50 Lyft credit in addition to this promotion.
The city council is still debating the issue and we still have no word on if it’s completely legal for Uber or any rideshare to pick you up at airport. One article said it may not be until July 2016. One thing I noticed before is that the app had the option to select the door you were needing to get picked up at (N4, S5, etc). Although, It’s usually quicker if you cross the first street and get picked up on the outer street near the shuttle buses if it comes up at all in the airport area.
We recommend Wingz to pick up and drop off passengers at Austin-Bergstrom airport in Texas who is offering $1 Rides for new sign-ups. Uber and Lyft have now suspended services in Austin due to City Council regulations. if you wish to hail a taxi TO the airport you can use Curb.
UberX and Lyft are technically not supposed to operate at BWI but new rules are coming.
Los Angeles just became the largest city in the nation to open the door for companies such as Uber and Lyft to fully operate alongside taxis at the airport. Ready for #LyftOff! Travelers can now be picked up and dropped off at LAX on the Upper/Departures level only. Use code: FLY2015 to get $5 off Two Rides to/from LAX! If you are new to Lyft make sure to sign up here first. (more…)
Looks like the drivers, riders, and convenience all lose in the latest battleground for Uber and Lyft in Austin, Texas. The City Council has been fighting with Uber and Lyft for years now but this latest battle could mean them pulling out of Austin for good. They proposed a change to regulations regarding ridesharing which was overturned by the public signing petitions on behalf of Uber and Lyft. Because the City Council wouldn’t agree they figured if they had a public vote on ridesharing in Austin with LOW turnout they would win and they did while riders and ridesharing lost. The existing regulations call for fingerprinting of drivers which is an unnecessary thing to do when you already have background checks. The main reason the ridesharing companies dislike it is because it discourages part-time drivers which is the entire model of rideshare. If people do not feel safe in an Uber or Lyft then take a taxi and let the rest of us enjoy the convenience of rideshare.
While this battle is going on in Austin we have put together some alternatives to Lyft and Uber:
Curb – We highly recommend this app if hailing a taxi. This basically calls a taxi for you but does it without cash being used.
GetMe has been a topic in the City Council debate as they are a new rideshare company based out of Dallas who have agreed to the city’s demands. GetMe is a pretty sketchy company as the CEO of GetMe has been kept anonymous and the prices being charged by GetMe also appear to be higher than Taxi companies. Some even believe GetMe is actually run by the Taxi companies and is just out to sabotage ridesharing in Austin. In today’s latest scandal from GetMe they sent out a carbon copy email to over 500 Austin TX drivers without hiding any of the email addresses. We also read about a driver asking to meet outside the airport at a Shell gas station. I think they may need more than fingerprints if all of this is true with this app. They may need a police officer riding with these drivers.
For airport rides we recommend Wingz rides which do not have surge pricing but only do airport drop offs and pick ups. If you want a fairly cheap, luxurious car rental to get around the spread-out city of Austin then Silvercar rentals are the best option. Wingz is offering a $1 promotion to first-time customers in Austin, TX, through July 1, 2016. The cost for qualified rides during this promotional period will be $1 for the first 20 miles; rides longer than 20 miles will cost an additional $2/mile. For every ride booked by first-time users during the promotion.
NEW Car Service for Austin
The departure of well known on-demand, ride-sharing services left a ton of Austin riders stranded and a lot of drivers out of work. To help out, Wingz has expedited an Austin beta launch of WingzAround, the private car service for around town and beyond. WingzAround takes the stress out of getting to and from wherever you need to go—a concert, business meeting, sporting event, doctor’s appointment, or special event. With advanced booking, flat-rate pricing, and trusted drivers, you can rest easy knowing a friendly driver will be waiting for you… not the other way around. And, once you ride with Wingz, you can request your favorite driver for a more personal experience. You can also get a $5 credit by signing up here for an account.
3 Easy steps to book your WingzAround ride during the Beta Stage:
In a few weeks, you’ll be able to book directly in our app.
1. Sign up for a new Wingz account and get a $5 instant credit using our link.
2. Send Wingz a ride request message by clicking on “Book now” the Wingz team will ask you for all the ride details.
3. You’ll receive confirmation along with a set price quote for your approval. Make sure to book as far in advance as possible (at least 2 hours before pickup time. 24 – 48 hours in advance is even better). WingzAround does have a $20 minimum.
Metro Bus over at Capmetro.org has a route that can take you from the airport to downtown and up to the UT campus. Not many people like or want to ride the bus and it does not run late at night to avoid drinking and driving. Austin is notorious for the worst DWI’s in the country for having one drink in your system.
The tech community in Austin has also been extremely fast to respond to alternatives to Uber and Lyft. Including a Nonprofit Uber alternative that springs from Austin tech minds. RideAustin said it will comply with Austin’s requirement that TNC drivers pass a fingerprint-based background check. That was a major reason why Uber and Lyft left Austin, arguing that fingerprinting slowed the precious on-boarding process of drivers. Ride Austin is in the hiring phase and already has an app out that looks IDENTICAL to Uber. You have to wonder how Uber is not suing RideAustin to keep it from coming to market.
While you cannot hail an Uber or Lyft to drive you somewhere UberEats is available seven days a week from 8 am to midnight. Delivery fees range from $3 to $5 per order, and a meal can take as little as 10 minutes to arrive. So while rides from Uber and Lyft are a thing of the past, a quick meal is still on the table. You can also get drivers to bring you a Postmates free pizza this week.
Keep in mind it may not last too much longer before Uber comes back as they threw the same fit in Houston but Lyft has still not returned to Houston. It also happened in San Antonio and Ft. Lauderdale (Broward Country) where they have the worst taxi drivers in America. In San Antonio, a similar situation took place with ridesharing companies last year where city adopted regulations calling for mandatory fingerprint background checks for drivers and both Uber and Lyft ceased operating in San Antonio. Then a grassroots organization called Tech Bloc formed and garnered signatures on a petition and advocated for the return of ridesharing to San Antonio. Mayor Ivy Taylor and the city council reached an agreement with Lyft and Uber to bring ridesharing back last summer. (more…)