Does booking in advance or scheduling ahead guarantee my fare on Uber and Lyft?
The Guru Take
Yes, for Lyft. No for Uber. For Uber, the price is for when the ride is scheduled. Surge applies as well.
No, it does not guarantee your fare when you shedule them in advance. Uber's Scheduled Rides are priced the same as any normal Uber ride and is determined at the time the ride is scheduled for.
It is also based on demand at the time of the ride, hence if there is surge pricing, that multiplier will also apply to your fare. Uber app will notify you of these changes when the scheduled request is dispatched.
Yes, they do guarantee the fare that you see when you scheduled your ride. Hence you can "lock" in your rate, and this means that if there is higher PrimeTime surge pricing at the time of your actual travel, you will still pay the previously agreed fare. (However, remember that Lyft can only be booked up to 7 days in advance and they may specify PrimeTime when scheduling.)
Here's Lyfts statement: "We predict what Prime Time will be at the time you schedule your ride. When you confirm your ride request, Prime Time is locked at that rate. Even if Prime Time is higher or lower at the actual pickup time, your Prime Time amount is the same as the original estimate." (source)