We’ve covered several Lyft promotions in the past, including matching new users with free rides and drivers with massive sign-on bonuses. But there’s yet a promotion we haven’t covered: Lyft promo codes for existing users.
Lyft users write to us every month asking if there are any Lyft promo codes for existing users. The answer is YES: We’re happy to report that there are many different ways for existing Lyft users to get free ride credits and lower ride fares.
We found a few surefire ways that existing users can get free rides from Lyft. We’ve personally used these methods to earn credit, so we can vouch for these tactics wholeheartedly.
The 8-Method Process of Earning Free Lyft Ride Credit
One common marketing tactic among all rideshare companies is to offer free ride credits to lure in new customers. After free credits are used, discounts are much harder to come by, but there are little-known ways Lyft riders can stack up free credits and lower their ride fares.
Here are 8 ways to earn free Lyft rides:
- Claim a New User Promotion
- Get a Code from a Lyft Event
- Bum a Ride With a Friend
- Refer a Friend to Become a Lyft Passenger
- Refer a Friend to Become a Lyft Driver
- Use Lyft Shared
- Obtain a Lyft Ride Pass
- Check Email for Exclusive Deals
Please note: There are a few other methods that allow users to get free ride credits that break Lyft’s TOS. We won’t be covering those methods in this post, and we don’t recommend that you try any discounts that aren’t verified.
That being said, let’s dive right in.
#1 Claim a New User Promotion
The easiest way for first-time users to get a free ride is by signing up for Lyft, then using a Lyft promo code to unlock free ride credit. This single-use coupon provides a credit worth up to $20 off your first ride — and then some. The credit amount may vary based on your location.
Using the code is easy. First, download the Lyft app, which can be found at the App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android. Once you have the Lyft app on your phone and have created your rider account, type in the user promo code given to you in the “Add credit code” section under the payment tab. You must remember to type your code in at this point, otherwise you risk missing out on savings.
This code is valid for 14 days and must be used prior to booking your first ride. If you don’t use it all up during your first ride, don’t worry: the remaining amount carries over to your next ride.
#2 Get a Code from a Lyft Event
You might be in luck if you live in a city that holds a variety of events. A lot of the organizers of these events use Lyft services to make it convenient for the guests to commute to and from the event. Each guest is provided with a unique Lyft coupon code that’s worth a certain amount of credit. This amount depends on the event’s budget and how much they decide to allocate to each attendee.
If you attend an exclusive Lyft event or know someone who is, you may be able to obtain a one-off promo code. The unique promo code is typically offered for a limited time and comes with an expiration date. Expired or unused code credits will get refunded back to the event organizers usually after 48 hours.
For example, Lyft set up special pick-up and drop-off zones at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, TX in March. Attendees were also provided with $10 discount cards.
Events around the United States where Lyft might be used include seminars, conferences, or festivals that occur in your city. If there’s an event that Lyft is supporting, they’ll publicize the details through all the usual methods (direct notification to Lyft customers, Facebook, etc.) Make the most of the opportunity to enjoy the event while receiving a discounted ride!
#3 Bum a Ride With a Friend
Lyft wants to acquire new riders and will provide a promo code for each new passenger that takes the app for a test drive — the same way you did when you first subscribed.
If you’re going to the same place as your friend, it only makes sense to bum a ride, preferably someone who just signed up for Lyft and has just received their free first ride.
Don’t limit this to one friend. Think about it: How often are you out with a group of friends, with everyone going to the same place, at the same time? The chances are that someone in the group isn’t an existing Lyft customer. Simply encourage those friends who aren’t Lyft customers to download the app.
#4 Refer a Friend to Become a Lyft Passenger
If you’re an existing Lyft user who likes the service, then you’re one of Lyft’s best marketing tools.
Lyft will reward you for recommending and promoting their service. They’ll give you a free ride for up to $20 by simply getting your friend to create a Lyft account and use the ridesharing service. To qualify, this must be the first time your friend has downloaded the Lyft app on their smartphone.
Every Lyft customer has a unique referral code which can be found on your Lyft app. You’ll find it under the “invite friends” option in the main menu. You can then invite friends from your contact list. Note that this Lyft code isn’t available everywhere — it’s only available in large cities like New York, Los Angeles, and others. Check to see whether this is available in your area by tapping the “free rides” section on the menu from within the app.
You can also refer a friend with your referral link. Get the link by tapping on your code. It should open a new tab in your browser. The link should look something like this: www.lyft.com/invited.
Copy this link and forward it to your friends so they can get their first Lyft ride for free. The referral will be credited to your account when your friends use the link. Links that have been promoted through advertising (paid or unpaid), including Facebook, Twitter, Google Adwords, Craigslist, etc. won’t be accepted.
#5 Refer a Friend to Become a Lyft Driver
If a new Lyft driver uses your referral code to sign up for Lyft, then you both are qualified to earn a bonus, also known as a double-sided reward. To refer drivers, all you have to do is sign into your account, click on “driver referrals,” and add your friend’s email. The invitation link, including your Lyft referral code, will be sent to them. The driver will have to complete the vehicle and ride requirements before either of you can qualify for the bonus.
Lyft will notify you once the driver starts the application. If the driver completes the application and the driver requirements, you’ll see the reward in your account within 1-2 weeks. You can message the prospective driver from within the app to remind them to finish their application or to help them along through the process.
Here are the Lyft driver requirements for new drivers:
- Must be 21 years old and has held a driver’s license for at least a year
- Must pass a driving record check
- Must pass a background check
- Must meet state and local requirements
- Must meet all the Lyft vehicle requirements
- Must own a mobile device supported by Lyft
To keep the stream of new drivers always coming in, Lyft offers insane rewards to their new drivers. A few of the bonuses and incentives available for drivers are:
- Power driver bonus: Rewards drivers based on how much they drove that week
- Streak bonus: Reward drivers who stay loyal to driving for Lyft
- Shell and fuel rewards savings: A fuel rewards program designed to help drivers to get $1 per gallon for every five rides at any participating Shell stations
- Accelerate rewards for drivers
- The 1,000-ride gift
#6 Use Lyft Shared
Lyft Shared is Lyft’s carpooling service that matches you up with other passengers who are going the same direction as you.
This doesn’t necessarily earn you free credits, but if you’re a frequent Lyft user, then you’ll find that Lyft Shared will help slash your fare down to about 60%. The Lyft discount depends on three things: your location, number of available drivers, and the likelihood of you getting paired up with one passenger.
The app will show you the fare amount upfront before you confirm your request. This means that once set, your fare amount won’t change even if the other riders cancel or don’t show up along the route.
Lyft Shared isn’t available in every city, but it’s constantly expanding. Check their cities page to see if they have it in your city. To quickly see a fare estimate, just open your app and tap “Lyft Shared,” then enter your pick-up location and destination.
#7 Obtain a Lyft Ride Pass
A Lyft Ride Pass allows you to pay a one-time discounted flat fee for a whole month of rides. Again, this method doesn’t earn you free Lyft credits and it isn’t a promotion that you’ll find Lyft mentioning often. But Lyft does offer Ride Passes to random batches of Lyft users every month. This is an invite-only promotion and seems to be a passenger perk for seasoned Lyft users. So we can’t really give you a promotional code that everyone can use.
But, if you’re a daily Lyft user, we suggest sending them a private message on their Facebook page. They’ll most likely ask you for the phone number associated with your account. They aren’t giving out passes to just anyone, but sending them a message explaining your need is worth a shot.
The only monthly Lyft subscription riders can sign up for without being invited is the Lyft All-Access Plan. The All-Access Plan will give you 30 rides per month below a certain value per fare. Head to the signup page if interested in a monthly subscription.
#8 Check Email for Exclusive Deals
Always keep an eye out for promotional emails from Lyft. They love to randomly reward their current users with discount codes, special offers, and other incentives throughout the month. The Lyft Ride Pass we mentioned above is just one such example. Even if you don’t get to bag a pass this month, you might be able to get other incentives, offers, and ride codes they frequently send to their users.
We also recommend following them on all their social media accounts. Lyft is active on all platforms and it’s a great source to find out about city-specific offers.
Save on Your Next Ride
Lyft wants to grow their business. If you work with them to help them grow, they’ll reward you with extra money off rides. There are many ways to save. All you need to do is keep your eyes peeled and jump on opportunities as they arise. For even more savings, you can also use an Uber promo code if you’re open to using other rideshare apps. Best of luck!