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 is 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 that those free credits are used, discounts are much harder to come by. But there are little-known ways Lyft rides 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 Line
- Obtain a Lyft Line pass
- Check your 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 will not be covering those methods in this post, and we do not recommend that you try them.
That being said, let’s dive right in.
#1 New User Promotion
The first and easiest way for Lyft users to get a free ride is by signing up for the first time, then using a Lyft promo code to unlock free ride credit. This single-use coupon provides a credit worth up to $20. The credit amount may vary based on your location.
Using the code is easy. Once you have the Lyft app on your phone, enter the promo code given to you in the “Add credit code” section under the payment tab. 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 gets carried to your next trip.
#2 Lyft Events
If you live in a city that holds a variety of events, you might be in luck. A lot of the organizers of these events use Lyft services to make it convenient for the guests to commute to or from the event. Each of the guests is provided with a unique 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 has a short lifespan. 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 where Lyft might be used include seminars, conferences or festivals that occur in your city. If there is an event that Lyft is supporting, they will 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
Lyft wants to acquire new users, and they will provide a promo code for each new user that takes the app for a test drive the same way you did when you first subscribed.
If you’re both going to the same place, it only makes sense for one of you to bum a ride with someone, 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 doing the same thing, 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
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 will give you a free ride for up to $20 by simply getting your friend to use Lyft. To qualify, your friend cannot have downloaded the Lyft app on their smartphone before.
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 promo code isn’t available everywhere – it’s only available in large cities. 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 to 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 www.lyft.com/invited.
Copy this link, and forward it to your friends. The referral will be credited to your account when your friends use the link. Links that have promoted through advertising (paid or unpaid), including Facebook, Twitter, Google Adwords, Craigslist, etc. will not be accepted.
#5 Refer a Friend to Become a Driver
If a new driver uses your referral code to sign up to Lyft, then you both get 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 ID. The invitation link, including your referral code, will be sent to them. The driver will have to complete the car and ride requirements before either of you can qualify for the bonus.
Once the driver starts the application, Lyft will notify you. If the driver completes the application and the driver requirements, you will 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 the process.
Here are the Lyft driver requirements for new drivers:
- Must be 21 years old and should have held their driving 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 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/gal for every 5 rides at any participating Shell stations.
- Accelerate rewards for drivers
- The 1,000-ride gift
#6 Get a Lyft Line
Lyft line 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 are a frequent Lyft user, then you will find that Lyft line will help slash your fare down to about 60%. The discount depends on 3 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 line 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 Line,” then enter your pick up location and destination.
#7 Get a Lyft Line Pass
A Lyft line 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 will find Lyft mentioning often. But Lyft does offer Line 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 are a daily Lyft user, we suggest sending them a private message on their Facebook page. They will most likely ask you for the phone number associated with your account. Again, as of right now, they aren’t giving out passes to just anyone, but sending them a message explaining your need to frequently using their service, is worth a shot.
#8 Check your Email
Always keep an eye out for promotional emails from Lyft. They love to randomly reward their current users with discounts and other incentives throughout the month. The Lyft Line 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 and offers 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.
Lyft wants to grow their business. If you work with them to help them grow, they’ll reward you. There are many options: all you need to do is keep your eyes peeled and jump on opportunities as they arise.