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Lyft charge different fares same route?

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AnonymousRider
453 Rider
 Posted 4 years, 1 month ago

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    Kabe
    224 Driver
     4 years ago

    If you find this happening, and you are sure there is no surge, you can do the following to change the ride to a time and distance ride, rather than up-front pricing

    Time and distance rides are the true cost of the trip, assuming no surge.

    Tell the driver you are going to do this before you do it.

    After the drive has started, change the destination, what a minute then change the destination back to an address beside where you are heading. You will be told by the app that the ride will be charged based on time and distance.

    One warning: If your driver takes a longer route you will be charged for it, unlike with up-front pricing, so be sure the driver follows the route provided to them by the app.

    You can use Waze to validate the route, but be aware of the following. The shortest route is not always the cheapest route. What if that route takes you through heavy traffic that significantly adds to the drive time. Insisting on the shortest route in this situation will NOT make the driver happy.

    A slightly longer route can be significantly faster. Be fair to your driver.

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    DimSumUng
    130
     4 years ago

    This was a big deal in the past, and it still should be a big deal now.  I feel like we stupid customers have athe tendency to forget.  We get distracted by something else and we no longer question the funny things happening here.

    Lyft is gauging people by doing their version of upfront pricing.  They are quoting people prices based not on their pricing model but charging whatever people are willing to pay.

    So you will be judged by who you are, how much you have, and where you live.  

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      LG-PA
      810 Driver
       4 years ago

      Uber does the same thing to the passengers 

      the more loyal you are the more you will start to be charged. I wonder if their algorithm looks at what zip code passenger lives and maybe what phone they have and adjust prices accordingly 

      so if the ride yountake every day is 5.00$ during regular time and all of a sudden the same ride is slowly creeping up to 5.80 you know what is going on

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        SmittenKitten
        2097 Rider
         4 years ago

        I wonder if SEC or FCC will step in and mandate that they must post their rates.  I suppose they can get around that by saying they can quote anyone anything.

        However, that can lead to discrimination if they are charging different rates to different people.  Uber may have to open up their data to authorities and regulators.  For all we know they are charging more certain demographics, colors, gender, etc.

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          TonyAlmeida
          1149 Rider
           4 years ago

          What they need is an anonymous mode or incognito mode, where users can go anonymous and book a ride without telling Uber who they are.  This will get us a bit closer to fair pricing.

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            SmittenKitten
            2097 Rider
             4 years ago

            It may ease discrimination on gender and such, but Uber still knows your pickup location so they can charge different prices around that.  

            but it's a good start.

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    FannyPack24
    65
     4 years ago

    UPFRONT PRICING.

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    DDominico69
    188 Driver
     1 year ago
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    rebeccaberg
    Driver
     2 years ago

    Had drivers pick us up at home and take us to the airport.  Mileage (36 miles) identical all 3 times and all  between 2am and  3am.  First 2 times, driver took 41 minutes and cost was was $37xx.  Yesterday time was 37 minutes, identical route, but cost was. $49.  This is a puzzle. Don’t find a phone number to ask why.  All drivers have been great. 

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    rebeccaberg
    Driver
     2 years ago

    Had drivers pick us up at home and take us to the airport.  Mileage (36 miles) identical all 3 times and all  between 2am and  3am.  First 2 times, driver took 41 minutes and cost was was $37xx.  Yesterday time was 37 minutes, identical route, but cost was. $49.  This is a puzzle. Don’t find a phone number to ask why.  All drivers have been great.