What's the difference between Uber and Lyft?

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What's the difference between Uber and Lyft?

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I actually not ordered the car service before and need to book a ride to the airport. I just tried getting a estimate from both sites and noticed that with Lyft you don't get to select what type of car you want. Also how much better is a UberX over Comfort?
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From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
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jello_nailer wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
On the Lyft web site it doesn't give you the option to select the type of cars. I am wrong :confused
oh thx for the scrabble tip.
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I use them both. Sometimes there's a significant difference in price, especially if surge pricing is in effect.
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Coke vs Pepsi. Clearly, one is superior to the other, but the answer depends on who you ask the question :D
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We've only used both services a few times and couldn't say that there was any difference between them. The drivers all worked for both company's but unanimously said they preferred Lyft because it payed better.
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My millennial daughters tell me that Uber is immoral, and I should always use Lyft. Since I only need a ride a few times a year, I'm OK with going with what my daughters say without research. Your mileage may vary.
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LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:39 pm
jello_nailer wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
On the Lyft web site it doesn't give you the option to select the type of cars. I am wrong :confused
oh thx for the scrabble tip.
Okay, I'll bite, scrabble player, which one has five letters, Uber, or Lyft?
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I usually get better cars with Uber but I have Uber VIP status by having Amex Plat card. Uber car age-condition requirements were tougher than Lyft a few years ago when my son in law drove for a while. Don’t know if still true

Otherwise, not much difference.
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Many drivers actually work for both services so the only real difference will be the pricing.
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Main difference is pricing (always found Lyft cheaper in NJ) and Lyft driver keep more of the fare than Uber I have been told.

You should check which offer sign-up discounts - typically they will give you anywhere from 25-50% your first ## of rides.
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I find the word associations with the name "Uber" more offputting, so I go with Lyft.

Uber has gotten more bad PR for bad corporate behavior and policies at the top (particularly by their founding but now departed CEO). The word "Uber" has associations with elitism in my mind.

The word Lyft feels more "uplifting".

Most drivers do drive for both. My strong impression is that they are inadequately paid either way, so I tip very generously.
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LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:21 pm Also how much better is a UberX over Comfort?
Other way around. UberX is the baseline cheap service. You won't get a junky car, and in fact they can be quite decent Comfort just guarantees that you get a driver with a newer, nicer car.

Honestly there's little difference between the two companies though. Pick one and give it a shot. I think you'll enjoy it.
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They're practically the same. A couple years ago I preferred Lyft, as you could tip in the app and was a completely cashless exercise while Uber did not allow that. Uber has since allowed tipping in the app. So now I check both and see which is cheaper. All things being equal I'll choose Lyft just because I've used them more.
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I've never used Uber, but just started using Lyft while on a trip recently because my credit card (Chase Sapphire Reserve) now gives some Lyft benefits.

Overall I liked it a lot, with one caveat: I ordered "shared rides" for my wife and I --- because that was noticably cheaper sometimes --- and one time we shared a standard sedan with the driver and two other decent sized guys. My wife and I were crammed into the back seat with one of these guys and it was uncomfortable for all concerned. I'd prefer to keep ordering shared rides when the cost difference is big enough, but would like to avoid THAT problem happening again. What I'd really like is for Lyft to not list such a sedan as capable of carrying four adults --- even though the back seat does have seat belts for three people.

The driver suggested that this wasn't out of the ordinary. He also mentioned that eh once brought two couples to the airport and their collected luggage was more than his trunk could fit --- Lyft doesn't ask how much luggage you have when you book a ride to/from an airport. So coming home from the trip I booked a Lyft ride as not-shared just to be safe (from both issues), but it was of course a bit more expensive.
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dukeblue219 wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:12 am
LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:21 pm Also how much better is a UberX over Comfort?
Other way around. UberX is the baseline cheap service. You won't get a junky car, and in fact they can be quite decent Comfort just guarantees that you get a driver with a newer, nicer car.

Honestly there's little difference between the two companies though. Pick one and give it a shot. I think you'll enjoy it.
And if you book an UberX and a driver with a Comfort (or higher-end) vehicle accepts the ride, then you get the nicer vehicle at the cheaper UberX price. Happens a lot and so it makes little sense to pay more for Comfort or the other higher-end options, unless you absolutely must have a luxury vehicle for a certain ride.
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I’ll echo the fact that there is no measurable difference. Have used both and almost every driver I’ve had drives for both. Use whichever app you prefer (also no real difference).
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Used Uber once...the app was useful for seeing who was around to take me to my destination and the cost etc. Super easy to use, I'd have to assume Lyft has a similar app (?) regardless, may want to install it on your phone....esp to get the ride back home after you return from your trip.
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Godot wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:25 am
LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:39 pm
jello_nailer wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
On the Lyft web site it doesn't give you the option to select the type of cars. I am wrong :confused
oh thx for the scrabble tip.
Okay, I'll bite, scrabble player, which one has five letters, Uber, or Lyft?
LOL :oops:
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There is no service difference as many drivers drive for both. Just install both apps and pick on price when you are ready for a ride.

Uber offers a rewards program while Lyft offers ability to earn miles/points on Delta.
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seawolf21 wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:56 am There is no service difference as many drivers drive for both. Just install both apps and pick on price when you are ready for a ride.
While that's usually the case, not always. I can remember getting a "none available" using Uber, but Lyft worked in the same location & time. Also, when scheduling an early morning pickup one worked while the other would no allow me to schedule a very early pickup.

During a recent trip I used Lyft's shared ride option 4 times and saved a significant percentage over the normal ride. For 2 of those rides I didn't have to share (I guess there were no other riders going my way).
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F150HD wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:45 am
Godot wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:25 am
LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:39 pm
jello_nailer wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
On the Lyft web site it doesn't give you the option to select the type of cars. I am wrong :confused
oh thx for the scrabble tip.
Okay, I'll bite, scrabble player, which one has five letters, Uber, or Lyft?
LOL :oops:
I'm questioning my own math. Am I not seeing a fifth letter somewhere?? Looks like 4 and 4 to me.
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Horsefly wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:20 am My millennial daughters tell me that Uber is immoral, and I should always use Lyft. Since I only need a ride a few times a year, I'm OK with going with what my daughters say without research. Your mileage may vary.
Your daughter is correct IMO. Read "Super Pumped" book for well researched details. Draw your own conclusion. Immorality or aggressive disruption?
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As a former Uber and Lyft driver, I preferred Uber's app. The take rate was a tiny bit better on Lyft but Uber had way more customers so I ended up making more money with Uber.

No drivers like the pool/shared option unless they are trying to hit a bonus for total of number of rides or consecutive ride streak bonus or it is super slow. Customers are never happy when there are more people in the car or the trip takes longer due to the multiple stops. These customers usually never tip.

As a customer, I choose the cheapest option :D but never use the pool/shared option and I always tip.
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chevca wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:30 pm
F150HD wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:45 am
Godot wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:25 am
LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:39 pm
jello_nailer wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
On the Lyft web site it doesn't give you the option to select the type of cars. I am wrong :confused
oh thx for the scrabble tip.
Okay, I'll bite, scrabble player, which one has five letters, Uber, or Lyft?
LOL :oops:
I'm questioning my own math. Am I not seeing a fifth letter somewhere?? Looks like 4 and 4 to me.
Ok, good, it’s not just me.
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Uber lets you split the fare with another rider. Lyft does not.
You may be able to get some additional discounts with Lyft if you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card.
I've noticed Lyft is a bit cheaper than Uber for the same exact trip (open both apps, enter your destination, then compare prices).
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Godot wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:25 am
LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:39 pm
jello_nailer wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
On the Lyft web site it doesn't give you the option to select the type of cars. I am wrong :confused
oh thx for the scrabble tip.
Okay, I'll bite, scrabble player, which one has five letters, Uber, or Lyft?
I'd go with Taxi (X is worth 8 points 8-) )...

- Ron
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michaelingp wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:57 pm
Horsefly wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:20 am My millennial daughters tell me that Uber is immoral, and I should always use Lyft. Since I only need a ride a few times a year, I'm OK with going with what my daughters say without research. Your mileage may vary.
Your daughter is correct IMO. Read "Super Pumped" book for well researched details. Draw your own conclusion. Immorality or aggressive disruption?
+1.
I also appreciate that Lyft participates in a program to give free rides to interviews, training and the first few weeks of work for people whose income is below a certain threshold.
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LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:21 pm I actually not ordered the car service before and need to book a ride to the airport. I just tried getting a estimate from both sites and noticed that with Lyft you don't get to select what type of car you want. Also how much better is a UberX over Comfort?
I use Uber exclusively and I love their service. Uber drivers are nice and polite and always arrive after a reasonable wait time. Their prices are also very reasonable.
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Many drivers drive for both. They'll have the Uber and Lyft apps running and the associated signage. I tend to lean toward Lyft, for no apparent rational reason. Maybe corporate culture (Uber has a bad rap). Who knows.
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The main difference is Uber offers more ride options and is in many more international cities.

Uber: UberX, Comfort, Pool, UberXL, UberCab, Black, Black SUV, Espanol, Select, WAV (wheelchair accessible)
Lyft: Shared, Lyft, XL, Black XL, Lux, Lux Black, Lux Black XL

As others said, many drivers drive for both services.
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Based on my N=1

1. Uber has more drivers in my city, so the wait to get a car seems better. This could be different by city.
2. Lyft charges you for the ride and tip in a single transaction, whereas Uber often separates ride and tip in separate transaction. This makes Uber a bit more of a pain for business when you need to complete an expense report.
3. In my experience, Uber tech seems a bit more accurate when waiting for a car. For Uber, a car 5 min away seems to be 7, but Lyft seems to 7-9 min for a 5 min estimate.
4. In theory, Lyft is not as bad a corporate player as Uber, but who really knows.
5. I typically use Uber for business as getting rides seems to be easier, but use Lyft personally.
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AMEX Platinum card holders get $15/month ($35 in December) credit on Uber rides. It's use them or lose them each month, so first ride I take each month is usually on Uber. After that I look at time of arrival and price to decide which one to use.
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I would just get the cheaper one. Whenever I've been in cities with more than one ride-sharing app, I just search for prices on both and then take the cheaper one. Especially if it's just one or two of you, it really shouldn't matter. I've noticed that depending on the city some apps have better coverage than others.

I hope ride-sharing apps are a permanent part of the economy because I plan on never owning a car in my lifetime.
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Ron wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:35 pm
Godot wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:25 am
LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:39 pm
jello_nailer wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
On the Lyft web site it doesn't give you the option to select the type of cars. I am wrong :confused
oh thx for the scrabble tip.
Okay, I'll bite, scrabble player, which one has five letters, Uber, or Lyft?
I'd go with Taxi (X is worth 8 points 8-) )...

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UberXL trumps your Taxi. I get the 8 points for X plus additional points for the L. Your turn. :sharebeer
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I mostly use Uber over Lyft. Uber's software is WAY more sophisticated. I've had serious problems with Lyft's routing. I've actually gotten out mid-ride to walk the rest of the way, to save myself at least 15 minutes (no, it wasn't because of traffic). And, Uber's colored light code for helping your driver spot you is pure gold. One experience of searching for a specific car on a dark, cold, rainy night with fogged-up glasses should be enough to convince anyone of that.

Also the drivers with Uber seem to be more reliably professional - whether it's because Uber is selective about its drivers, or has policies that are more customer-friendly I have no idea. I know there are drivers who run both apps, but it's just been my experience.

I know about all the news stories about Uber's treatment of employees, but it sounds to me like that's sort of the Silicon Valley M.O. and it's not limited to Uber. And, in a way...I don't care. I'm buying transportation and I'm looking for good service & price, not to make a social statement. Also if I want cheap I either use Via if available, or public transport (cheaper yet).
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Caduceus wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:52 am I would just get the cheaper one. Whenever I've been in cities with more than one ride-sharing app, I just search for prices on both and then take the cheaper one. Especially if it's just one or two of you, it really shouldn't matter. I've noticed that depending on the city some apps have better coverage than others.

I hope ride-sharing apps are a permanent part of the economy because I plan on never owning a car in my lifetime.
Bingo. Nothing materially different- I always open both apps when I'm ready to go somewhere, and just pick whichever one is cheaper at the moment.

And kudos to you for going car-less. Smart financially, and also environmentally.
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sophie1 wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:38 pm Also the drivers with Uber seem to be more reliably professional - whether it's because Uber is selective about its drivers, or has policies that are more customer-friendly I have no idea. I know there are drivers who run both apps, but it's just been my experience.
In my experience, 99% of the time it's fine with either, but on average, Lyft drivers are a bit better. The few times I've run into a scam or an extremely unprofessional/rude (in one case drunk) driver, have all been with Uber. And, Uber being "selective about its drivers ..." LOL.

(BTW - Uber's response to the drunk driver incident? A form email about their commitment to safety. Didn't even offer a credit or partial refund.)
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Godot wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:25 am
LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:39 pm
jello_nailer wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:37 pm From what i can tell - one has 4 letters and the other 5, Lyft I think is a better scrabble score.
Other than that I don't notice anything that matters. In fact, half of the drivers I have used have both program running.
On the Lyft web site it doesn't give you the option to select the type of cars. I am wrong :confused
oh thx for the scrabble tip.
Okay, I'll bite, scrabble player, which one has five letters, Uber, or Lyft?
Unless you have a Ü in your Scrabble set, I guess that would be Ueber? :D
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crystalbank wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:13 am Coke vs Pepsi. Clearly, one is superior to the other, but the answer depends on who you ask the question :D
LOL!! awesome.
btw, we all know Pepsi is the correct answer.
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somehow my wife got a bunch of lyft credits and we don't know how. in fact we have never used lyft, have the app installed and thats it. in fact we have only used uber three times, ever.
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i thought lyft was known were the passenger sat up front and it was suppose to be a happy joyful chatty ride with the driver. is that no longer the case?
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squirm wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:32 pm i thought lyft was known were the passenger sat up front and it was suppose to be a happy joyful chatty ride with the driver. is that no longer the case?
That's always been optional.
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Worth noting that Lyft now gets 5X points per dollar spent on many Chase Ultimate Rewards-earning cards (this is in addition to Sapphire Reserve's Lyft Pink membership).

Using a bit of both can be to your advantage. Besides comparing fares for any given trip, I find that both will give me promos (e.g., 20-25% off next ride or next 5 rides or whatever) if I haven't used it in a while. Competition is good. Not to mention venture capital money which is what's really paying for these, but that's another thread. :wink:
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I have both installed. I price out both when taking a trip. Usually Lyft is cheaper but Uber has more availability in my experience.

Most of the time I’m trying to grab a ride to the airport at 5am, so it’s basically whichever one I can find a ride on first since.
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I have both apps on my phone. Lyft has typically been a better corporate citizen, so all other things being equal, I tend to choose them. But if one is having surge pricing and the other not and there’s a large difference in price, then I would choose the cheaper one.
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Trader Joe wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:08 pm
LesBleus** wrote: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:21 pm I actually not ordered the car service before and need to book a ride to the airport. I just tried getting a estimate from both sites and noticed that with Lyft you don't get to select what type of car you want. Also how much better is a UberX over Comfort?
I use Uber exclusively and I love their service. Uber drivers are nice and polite and always arrive after a reasonable wait time. Their prices are also very reasonable.
And as you use Uber exclusively, you can’t say that Lyft isn’t all those things as well.
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We are taking a cruise next month, and when I went to book my Super Shuttle shared van I discovered they went out of business! I have never used Uber or lift but have heard friends complain about drivers cancelling their pick ups. When you have a flight to catch, I want to make sure someone comes when I need them! I finally decided to park at a hotel and ride their airport shuttle the rest of the way. It was way cheaper than parking in long term parking at the airport. I am very upset that no shared van rides any more.
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Both of these services can have individual drivers that cancel trips for a variety of reasons, but there are usually other drivers to fill the void if yours is canceled. Typically you're not left high and dry if one driver cancels.

My approach is to just take whichever is cheaper in the given moment and in my experience I would say they are entirely interchangeable. The exception would be when in NYC (Manhattan), where I would say it's easier to just take a yellow cab, as they are everywhere, typically, cheaper, and usually the drivers are very efficient
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