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Your Complete Guide to Lyft Gift Cards

Whether you believe it or not, the ridesharing revolution is in full swing. Gone are the days when you had to hail a cab with your hand or wait forever for the bus to arrive. Instead, you can now get a ride from the convenience of your smartphone with a ridesharing app like Lyft.

Ridesharing could very well be one of the greatest innovations to happen in modern transportation, and, despite criticism from taxi drivers and some cities, it appears that it’s here to stay. The convenience (not to mention cost savings) are just too great for rideshare companies like Lyft to disappear.

As new companies like this become more mainstream, they tend to look for ways to make themselves more accessible. One way that rideshare company Lyft is achieving this is through gift cards. That’s right: You can now find gift cards on the same shelves where you’d buy one for Walmart, iTunes, or Amazon.

They make excellent gifts, but how do you go about buying them? And if you’ve received a Lyft gift card from someone else, how do you redeem it for your next Lyft ride?

In this guide, we’ll examine the answers to these questions, as well as everything else you need to know about Lyft gift cards.

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Reasons to Buy a Lyft Gift Card

There are lots of reasons you might want to buy a Lyft gift card for a friend or loved one. To start, giving someone a Lyft gift card is far more practical than other sorts of gifts. Particularly if you’re looking for a gift for a millennial urbanite, a gift card for Lyft is something that the recipient is bound to use (unlike yet another potholder or iTunes gift card).

Of course, don’t think that Lyft gift cards are just for young people. They can also be very useful for older professionals who travel frequently for business. Lyft is a far more convenient way to get to and from the airport than using your personal vehicle. Plus, the cost to take Lyft to the airport is often equal to what you’d pay to park your car for just one day. And when you get to your destination, you can even use Lyft in lieu of renting a car.

The final reason Lyft gift cards are a great gift is that you can buy them at a variety of price points. Just want to give a small $25 gift for your coworker, sibling, or boss? You can get a Lyft gift card for it. Want to go big and give the new grad in your life a nice head start as they move to a new city? You can purchase Lyft gift cards for up to $250, which will be enough for several weeks of regular Lyft rides. There’s an option for every budget and occasion.

Where Can I Buy a Lyft Gift Card?

Lyft Gift Card: Screenshot of homepage to buy gift card

You have a few options for purchasing a Lyft gift card. The first method involves going to lyft.com/gift. From there, just follow the instructions and send your gift card on its way. Note that in order to use this method, you’ll need to have a Lyft account. You can pay for the gift card online using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal.

However, what if you want to send a physical card? The Lyft website only offers digital gift card purchases with email delivery. Sending this sort of e-gift card is fine for many occasions, but there are probably times when you’d prefer to send a physical card.

To get a physical Lyft gift card, you’ll need to turn to physical stores. You can purchase Lyft gift cards in person at select Kroger, Office Depot, and Safeway stores. There, you can get Lyft gift cards for up to $250, which you can then put inside a card or deliver using whatever method you like.

How Do I Use a Lyft Gift Card?

You now understand how to buy a Lyft gift card, but what if you’re on the other end? What if you’ve received a Lyft gift card and need to figure out how to use it? Don’t worry: The steps for redeeming a Lyft gift card are simple.

To redeem a physical Lyft gift card:

  1. Find the “Claim Code.” This is a 16-digit code located on the back of the gift card.
  2. Open the Lyft app.
  3. Tap your photo in the top left corner.
  4. Tap the “Promos” tab.
  5. Type the Claim Code into the “Enter promo code” box.
  6. Tap “Apply.”

And here are the steps to redeem a digital Lyft gift card:

  1. Open the Lyft app.
  2. Tap your photo in the top left corner.
  3. Tap the “Promos” tab.
  4. Type the Claim Code code from the email in the “Enter promo code” box.
  5. Tap “Apply.”

Here are a couple things to keep in mind when using a Lyft gift card:

  • To use Lyft gift cards, you need some other default payment method on file. This can be a credit card, debit card, or any other valid Lyft payment option. This ensures that you can pay for the remaining amount of a Lyft ride if your gift card balance isn’t sufficient.
  • Lyft gift cards cannot be used to pay for Lyft tips, cancellation fees, or damage fees.

Lyft Gift Card FAQ

To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions about buying and using Lyft gift cards.

1. Do I need a Lyft account to use a Lyft gift card?

Yes, you do. Luckily, it’s easy to sign up for Lyft. What’s more, there are a variety of Lyft promotions available to new customers.

Check out our guide to using Lyft for the first time to learn about the different promo codes and other methods of earning Lyft credit that you can use to get free rides.

2. Does Uber offer gift cards?

Yes, they do. You can find Uber gift cards on the company’s website, as well as at most grocery stores and drugstores. Check out this guide to learn more.

3. Can I get a replacement if I lose my Lyft gift card?

Losing a gift card is always a frustrating experience, especially if it still has a balance left on it. Unfortunately, Lyft cannot send you a new card if you lose yours. To avoid this issue, we recommend entering the 16-digit code in the Lyft app as soon as you receive the Lyft gift card. That way, it won’t matter if you lose the card later.

4. Can I buy Lyft gift cards on Amazon.com?

At the moment, you cannot. While Uber gift cards are available to purchase on Amazon, Lyft gift cards are not. Luckily, this isn’t much of an issue since there are both digital and physical methods to purchase them (as we discussed above).

Give the Gift of Lyft

We hope this guide has helped you understand how Lyft gift cards work. Whether you’re looking for an interesting gift or need a way to get around town more easily, a Lyft gift card will get you there. Want to learn even more about how to use Lyft? Check out our full collection of Lyft guides.

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