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I have not used either one in several years. Is there any difference? Is one better than the other? Which do you use?
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Both. I always check both as availability and pricing can be cheaper with one vs the other.
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I signed up for Lyft two weeks ago for some time sensitive trips. You don’t need to have the app, they communicate with you by email and text. They ask you to send them a picture so the driver can identify you. I don’t know if that is required but I didn’t do that.

I booked two rides with Lyft a few days in advance. One was accepted. The other they said they would send me a reminder when to book it. The first trip time arrived without a reminder from them so I made other arrangements. A few hours after my trip time I received a reminder from Lyft.

The second trip time arrived and they canceled on me five minutes before saying they “encountered a payment issue.” For what it’s worth, which may be nothing.

Now I use a private car service where it’s the same four vetted drivers rather than a different person each time, they know my driving route preferences and I just have to call them (like, on the telephone…) when I need a ride. I haven’t tried Uber yet.
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Anymore, I have found the quantity of available drivers is significantly less. I need to use both apps just to find the closer and cheaper driver.
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I have found them both to be more expensive and somewhat less reliable/consistent than a few years ago, but still definitely better than taxi service was in our area. Uber in particular seems to go into "surge" pricing at 2X or 3X normal for trips home from the airport, so I lean towards using lyft for that.
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Go with whatever gives you a cheaper price, or a faster arrival, whichever is more important to you. Many drivers work for both, so you get the same car on average.
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I’ve never used Lyft, but I routinely use Uber worldwide. I’ve had almost zero issues with it with in over ten years of using it (I can think of maybe three instances off hand where it was “bad”, but never unsafe).

Contrast that with random taxis, which are always a crapshoot.
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It's good practice to use both. Sometimes Lyft is more and other times Uber is (surge pricing).

Drivers jump back and forth with both on most occasions.
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Both plus taxi. Depending on situation, any of the three could be the cheapest. You have to know your routes and costs, especially airport service. Taxi can be much cheaper during any sort of surge situation.
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I almost always use Uber
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We mostly use Lyft in the SF Bay Area, but I have both apps on my phone.

Through the years and across the US I've had good luck with each of the services. I've read various comments about how one is better or worse than the other, or how tips or other payments are dispersed.

The other thing I find is that many drivers have both Uber and Lyft decals on their windshields and drive for both. I like using the app--you can follow the driver's progress toward your location on a little map on your phone. That's cool!

I only had one bad experience when a car picked us up at the cruise terminal in San Francisco, and then the driver refused to take us over the Bay Bridge because of "traffic." I reported him. We soon got another driver who was very polite and accommodating. Most are.
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Don't forget about taxis as well - depending on where you are. I fly fairly frequently to PHX and with surge pricing - a good old fashioned taxi is many times cheaper and you can walk right up and get one immediately so it ends up being faster and cheaper- and they know where they are going - I was finding that many times I was having to coach Lyft/uber drivers on getting out of the airport and where to go - even though they have the app talking to them telling them the route (which isn't always correct or optimized).
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I've used both quite a bit. A few years ago, Lyft was regularly cheaper and just as reliable or moreso. Recently, however, that has reversed. I've had Lyft drivers cancel on my at the last second the last few times. I have a 5.0 rating, so it isn't that, but what I think happens is they don't see the destination until they pick you up, so I'll see the driver has noted a "pickup" when he's a block away (presumably to see the destination) then suddenly the screen resets and it's asking me if I want to schedule a ride and where I want to go--that is, the driver canceled. Uber, according to my recent driver, allows drivers to see the destination so annoyances like that should be less common. Uber has also been cheaper more frequently the last year or so, with Lyft more expensive sometimes by a whole number multiple, 2X-3X.
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ILnative wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 10:16 am Don't forget about taxis as well - depending on where you are. I fly fairly frequently to PHX and with surge pricing - a good old fashioned taxi is many times cheaper and you can walk right up and get one immediately
There are other reasons to use something like Uber besides price
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I'll toggle back and forth to just keep it honest, sometimes there is a huge difference.

In my experience though, Lyft always seemed way more "sketchy" with their drivers and cars. Maybe it's just a regional thing in my area. So I usually default to Uber.

I have noticed prices have gone up an insane amount from just 2 years ago.
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In our area, Lyft is often 10-20% cheaper than Uber for the same ride. Not always, but usually. Many of the drivers here,
do both Lyft and Uber.

If you are using the Sapphire Reserve credit card for Lyft, you receive 10X points = minimum 15% discount vs 4.5% for Uber.

So we probably save 20-25% by using Lyft. And taxis are often higher than both. Last night Lyft to jazz club = $16.50.
Uber was $19. I had to take a taxi returning = $22.50.

But from the airport Friday, taxi =$36, Lyft = $89 and Uber $99. Check all and do the math.
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illumination wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 12:09 pm
I have noticed prices have gone up an insane amount from just 2 years ago.
Compared to what? My groceries are up about 25% over 2 years.
Gas prices? Car prices? Rental car prices? All up big time.
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Prokofiev wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 12:49 pm
illumination wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 12:09 pm
I have noticed prices have gone up an insane amount from just 2 years ago.
Compared to what? My groceries are up about 25% over 2 years.
Gas prices? Car prices? Rental car prices? All up big time.

I have seen a 100-200% increase in prices with Uber.

Same trip a couple years ago to the airport was like $20 - $25, now it's $60+.
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I can't remember seeing an Uber car that doesn't also do Lyft. I suppose some drivers only do one, but having both would certainly increase their riders, I would think.
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I prefer Lyft because they often have those cool color coded lights on the dashboard so I can see them coming 😉
Seriously - before COVID I used both worldwide weekly throughout the major US citied and Some Uber international as I was on nearly continuous business travel. For a while I had troubles with Uber then much better experience with Lyft but then had some trouble there and switched back to Uber. Most of the issues didn't seem to recur frequently and I have seen no issues recently (although still nor traveling as much as I used to). They are pretty much interchangeable now - load up both and if the rate seems high flip to the other to compare. Years ago they seemed to be 50% to 75% of a similar taxi ride - that no longer seems to be the case.
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I prefer Lyft, think it’s a bit cheaper. Most drivers are involved with both services.
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Not a frequent rider but I only use Lyft when I do. I don't like Uber's company culture, at least in the past.
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Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:26 pm Not a frequent rider but I only use Lyft when I do. I don't like Uber's company culture, at least in the past.
People say this but literally every Uber driver I’ve posed the question to says they either “like” or “love” driving for Uber. It’s been dozens at least. Work when and where they want, zero questions asked. Via surge pricing make more money at the least desirable work times.

They could just be acting polite to a customer, but it’s probably more on the ground data than any magazine or newspaper articles

That’s just my take though
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ScubaHogg wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:45 pm
Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:26 pm Not a frequent rider but I only use Lyft when I do. I don't like Uber's company culture, at least in the past.
People say this but literally every Uber driver I’ve posed the question to says they either “like” or “love” driving for Uber. It’s been dozens at least. Work when and where they want, zero questions asked. Via surge pricing make more money at the least desirable work times.

They could just be acting polite to a customer, but it’s probably more on the ground data than any magazine or newspaper articles

That’s just my take though
I wasn't talking about the working condition of the drivers though. It was more along the lines of this: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en ... imination/
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Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:47 pm
ScubaHogg wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:45 pm
Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:26 pm Not a frequent rider but I only use Lyft when I do. I don't like Uber's company culture, at least in the past.
People say this but literally every Uber driver I’ve posed the question to says they either “like” or “love” driving for Uber. It’s been dozens at least. Work when and where they want, zero questions asked. Via surge pricing make more money at the least desirable work times.

They could just be acting polite to a customer, but it’s probably more on the ground data than any magazine or newspaper articles

That’s just my take though
I wasn't talking about the working condition of the drivers though. It was more along the lines of this: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en ... imination/
Seems like he was basically forced to quit…so the system works?
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ScubaHogg wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:49 pm
Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:47 pm
ScubaHogg wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:45 pm
Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:26 pm Not a frequent rider but I only use Lyft when I do. I don't like Uber's company culture, at least in the past.
People say this but literally every Uber driver I’ve posed the question to says they either “like” or “love” driving for Uber. It’s been dozens at least. Work when and where they want, zero questions asked. Via surge pricing make more money at the least desirable work times.

They could just be acting polite to a customer, but it’s probably more on the ground data than any magazine or newspaper articles

That’s just my take though
I wasn't talking about the working condition of the drivers though. It was more along the lines of this: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en ... imination/
Seems like he was basically forced to quit…so the system works?
Not really:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/10/tech ... ities.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/26/92785128 ... uit-claims
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Taxi services in the US have apps these days-- you can call a car and track its progress with your phone, and a professional driver will show up.
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Northern Flicker wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:54 pm Taxi services in the US have apps these days-- you can call a car and track its progress with your phone, and a professional driver will show up.
Yeah, but Uber is one app everywhere, not a series of different apps. If you go to one city or place, fine. But if your travel is widespread…
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Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:51 pm
ScubaHogg wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:49 pm
Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:47 pm
ScubaHogg wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:45 pm
Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:26 pm Not a frequent rider but I only use Lyft when I do. I don't like Uber's company culture, at least in the past.
People say this but literally every Uber driver I’ve posed the question to says they either “like” or “love” driving for Uber. It’s been dozens at least. Work when and where they want, zero questions asked. Via surge pricing make more money at the least desirable work times.

They could just be acting polite to a customer, but it’s probably more on the ground data than any magazine or newspaper articles

That’s just my take though
I wasn't talking about the working condition of the drivers though. It was more along the lines of this: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en ... imination/
Seems like he was basically forced to quit…so the system works?
Not really:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/10/tech ... ities.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/26/92785128 ... uit-claims
I mean, you do you. But if you search “lawsuit” and “literally any decent size company” you will find stuff. Be tough to live in the world not interacting with any large organizations of any kind
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ScubaHogg wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:26 am I mean, you do you. But if you search “lawsuit” and “literally any decent size company” you will find stuff. Be tough to live in the world not interacting with any large organizations of any kind
You're taking it way out of context. I didn't say I don't do business with large corporations because they're all sued in some way.

I merely stated that I don't like Uber's culture, and given the topic of thread, I only use Lyft. I explained my reasoning. That's pretty much it.
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ScubaHogg wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:24 am
Northern Flicker wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:54 pm Taxi services in the US have apps these days-- you can call a car and track its progress with your phone, and a professional driver will show up.
Yeah, but Uber is one app everywhere, not a series of different apps. If you go to one city or place, fine. But if your travel is widespread…
That's why the web was invented-- so you don't have to configure separate apps on a client machine for every separate service you wish to use.
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Marseille07 wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:26 am
ScubaHogg wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:26 am I mean, you do you. But if you search “lawsuit” and “literally any decent size company” you will find stuff. Be tough to live in the world not interacting with any large organizations of any kind
You're taking it way out of context. I didn't say I don't do business with large corporations because they're all sued in some way.

I merely stated that I don't like Uber's culture, and given the topic of thread, I only use Lyft. I explained my reasoning. That's pretty much it.
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Marseille07 wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:26 pm Not a frequent rider but I only use Lyft when I do. I don't like Uber's company culture, at least in the past.
After a couple of horrible experiences with Uber Eats, I deleted all Uber apps and only use Lyft now.
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Agree with others - check both.
When we returned to LAX this past June, four people were waiting at the Uber pick up area and about 50 were at Lyft.
Uber to our home was $85; Lyft was $45. We decided to wait for Lyft for about 15 minutes. Hard to believe the price difference.
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ILnative wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 10:16 am Don't forget about taxis as well - depending on where you are. I fly fairly frequently to PHX and with surge pricing - a good old fashioned taxi is many times cheaper and you can walk right up and get one immediately so it ends up being faster and cheaper- and they know where they are going - I was finding that many times I was having to coach Lyft/uber drivers on getting out of the airport and where to go - even though they have the app talking to them telling them the route (which isn't always correct or optimized).
You've found taxis more cost efficient in Phoenix?
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