Lyft vs. Uber Promo Codes: Which Get You the Best Deal?

A user decides whether to use Lyft vs. Uber for transport

A user decides whether to use Lyft vs. Uber for transport | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

By now, you’re probably familiar with the slew of ride-hailing services out there. Though there are several to choose from, the cream of the proverbial crop — or at least the two that are the most widespread and revered — appear to be Uber and Lyft. But when deciding between Uber versus Lyft, most people probably don’t give much thought other than which can get them to their destination faster, and cheaper.

That’s understandable, as both companies provide the same service, for roughly around the same price. So, when you are faced with the decision between Uber and Lyft, which one do you go with? Uber, at this point, is the bigger and more popular of the two. We’ve also been able to learn more about the company from an Uber driver or two. But in the Uber versus Lyft war, things can change fast. That’s why you need to know which offers the better value, and how you can secure a good price.

One way to do so? Through the use of promo codes, which both companies offer.

In a world where we’re likely to see private car ownership go the way of the horse and buggy, learning how and when to use ride-hailing services is going to become increasingly important. Add automated cars to the mix, and it’s not hard to imagine a future in which A.I.-piloted vehicles drive around all day, picking people up and dropping them off.

In preparation for that, which could be only a few years off, how can you get the best deal using promo codes? And which company — Uber or Lyft — will give you the most for your money?

Uber vs. Lyft: the best value?

Lyft driver and passengers

Lyft driver and passengers | Lyft

In terms of ultimate value, an Uber or Lyft promo code is going to land you roughly the same deal. Both companies offer free rides to users, and sometimes a percentage off of their trips. But as these are promotions, and are thus primarily being used to attract new users and customers, once you’ve been using either service for a little bit, your options sort of run dry.

Case in point, you can likely secure a number of free or discounted rides from either service when you first sign up — promo codes exist that allow you to ride for free as a new user. These companies are then betting that you’ll like the service, and continue to use it as a paid customer. So, if you’re new to ride-hailing (sometimes referred to as ride-sharing), you can probably get in a free ride or three before you actually see a transfer from your Paypal account.

If you’re an existing user, there are incentives to get your friends to use either service by user promo codes. Essentially, you’re getting referral bonuses (in the form of free rides and account credits) when your friends or family sign up.

But these things are constantly in flux, so keep checking for new Uber or Lyft promo codes, and tweaks to existing promotions.

With all of that said, there really isn’t an easy or effective way to say definitively that either an Uber or Lyft promo code will get you a better value over the other. They’re both very similar, and it will ultimately come down to consumer preference.

Where to find Uber and Lyft promo codes

Jesse Vega checks a vehicle at the first of Uber's 'Work On Demand' recruitment events to recruit 12,000 new Uber drivers

An event to recruit Uber drivers | Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Now that you have an idea of what you can actually get when using promo codes supplied by both Uber and Lyft, the question becomes this: Where do you get them, and how do you actually use them?

If you’re on the hunt for a Lyft promo code, finding one is as easy as heading to the Lyft website, or checking on your smartphone app. Promotions are typically variable, keep in mind, so some codes may work one week or month, but not the next. Lyft lists its current promotions online and you can find them through a simple Google search as well — so just do a bit of sniffing around.

To use a Lyft promo code, go into your payment options on your Lyft app. You’ll see a place where you can apply a “credit code” that will credit your account.

As for you Uber riders out there, obtaining an Uber promo code is accomplished in basically the same way — you can find existing promotions on Uber’s main site, or check on your app to see what’s available. Or, do some Googling to see if you can find anything else.

To use an Uber promo code, open up your app and find “promotions” under the navigation heading. That will allow you to enter your code and reap your rewards. You can also submit your code via text message, and through Uber’s main website.

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