This is one of the most important videos that I can film, and that’s, how do you utilize and maximize the airport? Airport trips can be one of the most of the blessed things for a rideshare driver or it can be a trap. And it was a trap for me for a long time.
Now, first of all, let me make clear. Every airport is different. So look up, Google your local airport regulations, okay? And also notice that if you stick around and you don’t have the proper licensing in the geofence, you will get ticketed and you won’t get pings, okay? So that is something that we talk about in another course, but very important to keep that.
Now, how do we maximize it? Well, if your airport is further away from where you live, that’s a really good thing, so you can get long pick-ups there. But the…so going to the airport is awesome and easy and oftentimes in the morning, those are prime times.
But the trap where people fall into is picking people up from the airport. There is a lot of drivers out there who are creative, who are thinking critically like you are, who is watching this video, and they just sit around in the airport. Uber, and in some cities, Lyft has something called the queue.
The queue is basically, the first one there, they put you in this kind of digital line, and basically, whoever needs the ride, the next person gets it. I’ve seen the queue up to a 100 people, 96 people in Minneapolis, St. Paul. We’re not even the big market.
Ninety-six people sitting around, I have no idea where they are hiding, because they are not supposed to be there, waiting around for a ride. And that is a waste of your time. Do not be that guy.
Unless you’re a person who is full-time and you are happy to ride in your…sit in your car. Maybe you’re working on a master’s degree online that you can work in your car, man, that is awesome. Do that. Now, if you are just trying to make money when you work and you don’t want to sit around, don’t do that.
Now, a while ago, I dropped someone off and I was like, “Man, I drove all the way over to the airport, I don’t want to go back.” And I’m not very far from the airport, but some of you, taking a trip out the airport is a long trip and going back empty miles is not worth it.
So you got to figure out, should you drive back or should you wait? Now, in this certain circumstance, I’m thinking in my mind, I dropped this family off and I waited around. And I looked at the queue and I was in the top five.
And I was like, “That is awesome, I’m in the top five queue, I’m going to get one.” My general rule of thumb is that if there is 20 people or less in the queue, I’m going to wait around, okay? And I often get Lyft rides more than Uber, and you can play around with them and have both apps and figure out which one will get you the best results. But 20 or less is usually my rule of thumb.[In] this case, I was waiting around for a while and I finally got to number one in the queue. I’m like, “I’m one in the queue, this is awesome.” Thirty minutes later, I finally get a ring. Thirty minutes later, I finally get a ring. It was terrible. What did I mess up?
Now, I did not know the flight schedule. So this is what I’ll say, get the app Flight Aware, and there are many other flight apps that are free. Look at your Minneapolis or wherever you are at, LAX, look at your flight schedule, and right when you drop your passenger off, don’t leave, stay there.
Don’t drive on the cap. Look at the app, sitting, and look at the flight schedule. How many flights have come in or are about to come in? So for me, the rule of thumb, for me, is if three flights have just landed or are about to land, I’m going to wait. It’s worth the wait and then I can do it.
And sometimes, it’s like nine, and I know I may get a ride. Especially if I can check the queue and I look at the Lyft passenger app and see how many drivers are sitting around waiting, awesome. Okay?
So be strategic with that. Don’t wait around because you can sit there for 30 minutes and waste time and that is destroying your hourly average. Be strategic and only stay there when that is happening.
Also maybe you’re sitting at home and you’re like, “Oh, I need to get some pickups.” Look at the flight schedule, if you know that there are about 10 flights are about to come in 30 minutes, head to the airport.
You can get a good ride, and more often than not, those rides are going to be long and profitable. So, maximize the airport and don’t be a victim of it.