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Lyft subscription service - Do drivers know you have it? Are they paid the same?

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RobynBradleyWallen
149
 Posted 9 months, 1 week ago

If you  purchase the Lyft subscription do the drivers know you have it and are they paid the same as if it were any other trip?

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    RobynBradleyWallen
    149
     9 months ago

    We have used the subscription plan the past few months but we are those who do not insist on the ride being less than $15.  We actually tend to take longer trips that we might not otherwise take.  We use Uber for the smaller trips if they are way below the $15 threshhhold and try to only use the Lyft plan for trips of $15 or more.  A $30 trip for $15 is a good deal all around then.   In a perfect world all trips would be below $15 but that is not a real expectation. 

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      AGirlHasNoName
      110
       9 months ago

      Can riders end a trip at $14.99, step out, and then request another one, just to keep all rides shorter than $15?  I can see deal seekers doing that.

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        RobynBradleyWallen
        149
         9 months ago

        That is way too much work.  There is no way I can see people doing that.  Nubmer one they are impatient enough if they have to share rides.  As someone who has always used public transit and knowing people there is absolutely no way people are going to do this. 

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    ChristianPerea
    113 Driver
     9 months ago

    We (drivers) are paid the same and we do not know whether you have it or not. We generally like these passes because it's more volume for us and we get paid the same.

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    RacRay79
    129 Driver
     9 months ago

    Yeah, I ran into a few already.   Not like we had enough riders asking for super short rides.  This will make it even worse.

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      AsStibelDude
      561 Driver
       9 months ago

      Great.  If there is an option to subscribe to long trips and those with surges, sign me up.

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        RacRay79
        129 Driver
         9 months ago

        That'd be a neat feature and it will help your accentance rate, right?  We do wait for surges, but we are always guilted into accepting any requests.  Can I make it so I only get notified for surges?  It should be under the screen you choose UberX vs UberSUV.

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      FlutterShy
      307 Rider
       9 months ago

      I don't mean to pass judgements, but people who sign up for these monthly fees are the cost conscious folks, right?  so my next question is the tip.  I feel like they may lean towards not tipping.

      I don't mean to speak ill to these passengers, but in an industry where there are no set rules and no expectation on how much people should be tipping, I'd imagine people with subscription would fall on the lower end of the tipping range.

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        RobynBradleyWallen
        149
         9 months ago

        Nope, seriously doubt it.  I can tell you from my own experiences doing fundraisers and from a waitress friend that those with disposalbe incomes are much less likely to tip or tip well than those who are more frugal or have lower incomes.  I persaonally tip better for longer trips and because of the subscrition take longer trips as well. 

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          FlutterShy
          307 Rider
           9 months ago

          Wait, sorry.  Your sentence confuses me a little.  Are you saying people with disposal income are less likely to tip?  Less so than frugal people or those with lower incomes?  

          Is this really true.  What an irony.

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            RobynBradleyWallen
            149
             9 months ago

            Yes this is true and anyone in the service industry can usually verify it.  I used to live near a major medical center and the waitress at a popular restaurant said evey time a group of doctors came in she was lucky to get anything.  Most tables of six doctors left maybe 3 dollars.   Tried a candy sale in a wealthy neighborhood once for a fund raiser and no one bought anything, went to a poor neighborhood and even people who did not buy candy made donations.  Rich people get rich by holding on to their money.  

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          greatkingdomcome
          Rider
           9 months ago

          yep, this. This is so true, when I go out to eat with friends who are quite well off they are always the stingiest tippers!

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            CurbDigger
            158
             9 months ago

            Maybe you think they are cheap tippers, because you know how much they have and you have a false expectation that rich should tip more.

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      RobynBradleyWallen
      149
       9 months ago

      How do you figure.  We used to take a lot of $5 rides now with the pass we try to make sure our trips cost $15 or more to make it worth it for us.  Besides this sounds like a cab driver remark.  As I once told a taxi driver you can sit around all day and wait for one good $30 trip of you can take five $5 trips every hour and make a good amount of money in a day.   Honestly the pass has really made us take much longer trips.  Took two $25 ones today.