Lyft Promo Code: 5 Secret Promotions [That Actually Work]

How would you like a bunch of free ride credit, good towards your first Lyft ride?

Well, thanks to the latest Lyft promo code, you can have it.

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Lyft is currently giving new riders who sign up and use a the Lyft promo code “FALLTIME17” or “CAMPUSCODE2017” up to $50 in free ride credit so they can experience the platform for themselves.

(Please note: the credit amount varies by city, and can change at any time).

*Note: If our featured new Lyft user code doesn’t work for you, select another from the full list below. The promo codes can sometimes be finnicky, so simply try again until you see the credit applied to your account.

Lyft promo code list for new rider users

This promotion is a great way for new Lyft users to get their feet wet and try the platform for less than a normal ride would cost.

Claiming Your Lyft Promo Code

If you’re a new user that has not yet claimed their new user promo code, then you’re in luck. As a way to grow their user base, Lyft is still offering new users free account credit when they download the app and sign up for an account.

Claiming your first Lyft ride is easy, and can be done in a few simple steps:

1. Download the app

There are two ways to get the Lyft app: either download it directly from the Google Play or App Store, or get it from the Lyft website. Either of these options work well, and will all involve about the same amount of work.

2. Enter Phone Number

If you get the app from the Lyft website, simply enter your phone number into the box that looks like this.

If you are getting the app directly from the Google Play or App store, you can skip this step.

Once you enter your phone number, Lyft will text you a download link to the app. Follow the prompts and you’ll eventually see the app installed on your phone.

3. Create Your Rider Account

After you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll need to create a rider account. The app will prompt you to follow a series of simple steps that will get profile and payment information. Enter the appropriate information and verify your phone number if needed.

4. Enter the Promo Code

Once you’ve downloaded the app and set up your account for the first time, you’ll then enter a promo code to claim your first free Lyft ride.

To do so, navigate to the “Payment” section of the Lyft rider app, and enter the promo code “RIDESTERLYFT”, or another code from our list, into the box that says “Add Credit/Gift Code”

Most users won’t have problems entering a code, but If your Lyft gift code isn’t working, there may be a few reasons why:

  1. Credit is expired: Most Lyft promo codes expire after a certain date, in our case, 14 days. If you wait too long to use the code, and request a ride after the code’s expiration date, the credit will disappear from your account and you will have to pay full price for your rides.
  2. Promotion is location-specific: Some Lyft credit codes are location-specific, and only work in certain cities. If you are trying to take an unqualified ride with one of these location or event-specific promotions, they likely will not work.
  3. Another code has already been applied: If you are trying to use more than one Lyft credit code for a specific ride, you will receive an error. According to the official Lyft website, “you cannnot use more than one credit per ride, but you can switch between credits on the Payment screen after the ride”

If you need help applying your code, ask a question on our Help Center or reach out to Lyft directly and run the issue by customer support.

Why free Lyft credit for new users?

In their efforts to recruit new passengers, Lyft has also found themselves locked in a battle with their largest industry competitor, Uber. As a result, Lyft constantly tries to one-up Uber by offering more attractive promotions, in this case large amounts of free ride credit for new riders.

This is where the free Lyft ride credit comes into play. For the longest time, Lyft only offered $10-20 per new user, then as Uber became more aggressive, so did Lyft. It is clear to tell who is coming out on top; the riders.

In addition to huge amounts of free ride credit, users will be delighted to know that the credit doesn’t go away after you take your first ride. Unlike Uber’s referral program, the Lyft credit will remain in your rider account even if you don’t use all of it on the first ride.

Example: if you start with $50 in credit, and take a ride that only costs $20, there will still be $3o available to you when you open the app for your next ride. This is a huge benefit to the program, and allows users to maximize the promotion.

This promotion that Lyft is running is also awesome because existing users can earn a ton of free ride credit for referring friends and new users to the platform (more on that below).

This type of recruitment has allowed Lyft to experience rapid growth, and has redefined the referral programs for the future.

Lyft Promo Code for Existing Users

After signing up for Lyft and claiming their first free Lyft promo code, riders are no longer a new users, an fall into the category of “existing user”.

We get tons of emails asking if there is any type of Lyft promo code for existing users. Over the past few years, we’ve watched carefully, but unfortunately there are not promo codes that are widely available to the public.

Lyft offers codes that are tied to specific events, such as SXSW, festivals, or other promotional banding opportunities. However, these codes are usually only good for a few days or only good in the cities the events are happening in.

However, there are still a few ways for existing Lyft users to earn free ride credit.

  • Claim your free Lyft promo code (new users only)
  • Take advantage of the Lyft Referral Program
  • Download Uber
  • Take a ride with a new Lyft or Uber user
  • Bonus Method (Secret Method)

If you fall into the category of existing user, check out our full guide that outlines each of these methods in detail.

Go to Article >> Lyft Promo Codes for Existing Users


Lyft FAQ

Q: How many Lyft promo codes can I use?

A: You may use one Lyft promo code at a time. Your first ride will be credited to your account and will be automatically used on your first ride

Q: Can I keep using my Lyft promo code after I take my first ride?

A: Unfortunately the code is only good for one ride. Please see our section above on referring friends to get more free Lyft rides

Q: How else can I get free Lyft ride credit?

A: You can refer friends or you can even try Uber! We have free Uber ride codes in our promo section

Q: I don’t have a smartphone. Can I still receive a free Lyft ride?

A: Unfortunately the only way to redeem the free Lyft ride is by entering the Lyft promo code on a smartphone. If you don’t have one, try having a friend download the app!

Q: How do I claim my free Lyft ride?

A: Simply download the app, enter in one of our Lyft ride codes, and take your first ride!

Q: How will I know who my Lyft driver is?

A: You can easily identify the Lyft driver from their pink mustache or the Lyft sticker in the front window.

Q: Can I use more than one free Lyft ride codes?

A: You can refer others to download Lyft using your Lyft referral code but if you are a first time user you can only use one Lyft ride code upon initial signup.

Q: How frequently do you update the Lyft promo code page?

A: We update this page every month, so make sure to check back regularly.

Q: I need to get to another city. Can I use Lyft to take me there?

A: The Lyft promo code is good for up to the stated amount, but if you have to get to another city you should consult with your Lyft driver prior to beginning the ride.

Q: What happens if my ride cost exceeds the Lyft promo code credit?

A: If your free Lyft ride credit is not enough to cover the ride, you will be charged for the difference via your electronic payment method on file.

Thank you for taking the time to read our post on earning a free Lyft ride by using our Lyft promo codes. If you have questions about anything you read, please feel free to contact us through the contact form below!

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