Best Lyft Coupon Code and Free Ride Credits

You probably know people who are cashing in on the massive amounts of free ride credits offered by Lyft to its new and existing users. Today, I’m going to pull back the curtain and show you the different ways you, too, can enjoy these lucrative promotions.

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Lyft Promo Code and Promotions

Using a Lyft gift code to claim free ride credit is a great way for new users to try the platform without sinking too much of their own money into the ride. Lyft grants up to $50 in free ride credit to new users. (Note: the credit amount changes by city and time the promotion is applied).

To claim your credit, just enter a free Lyft credit code from the list below during signup.


The code we promote the most is “CAMPUSCODE2017“, but the codes below will also work, and unlock the same amount of ride credit. If the code above didn’t work, try using one from below:

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Complete list of Lyft coupons for new users

Enjoy up to $50 in ride credit
Codes only valid for new users for 14 days.
Credit amounts vary by city.

Using a Lyft gift code to claim free ride credit is a great way for new users to try the platform without having to sink too much of their own money into the ride.

How to Apply the Lyft Promo Codes

Users need to follow a few quick steps to claim the promotion:

1. Download the rider app

New users can download the app from Google Play, the App Store, or directly from the Lyft website.

If you download the app from the official company website, follow the prompts. They may ask you to verify your phone number to download the app.

2. Create an account and log in

Follow the in-app instructions to fill out your profile information and payment information that will be used to request rides.

3. Enter a Lyft credit code

Navigate to the “Payment” section of the app to enter the new user promo code.

In the box labeled “Add Credit/Gift Code,” enter one of the codes from above. Once the code is added, you’ll see ride credit amount, expiration date, and any other additional information related to the promotion.

Note that the ride credits are only valid for 14 days from the time of activation.

Tips for Using a Referral Code

While the Lyft promo code terms are very straightforward, there are a few things to remember before taking advantage of the bonus:

  • You MUST enter the promo code before taking your first ride
  • New riders are only eligible for one new rider promotion
  • Lyft gift codes expire after 14 days
  • You can get free rides by inviting your friends

How Much Is the Code Worth?

Lyft and Uber are the two main forces driving the growth of the rideshare industry. Since there can’t be two kings, these two companies are battling to attract the same sets of users to gain bigger control of the rideshare market. One way Lyft is increasing its user base is through the power of bonuses.

Long story short, Lyft drivers now have the opportunity to make 25 percent more than the competition, and since Lyft strives to be the most affordable rideshare option, they are offering huge incentives for new users to try out the platform with free ride credits worth between $20 and $50.

The company is testing different amounts in each city, so we can’t guarantee a certain price.

Best Times to Use a Lyft Coupon

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There is no specific best time to use the app, except that you should use it when you are ready to take your first ride. If you want to save your Lyft coupon code for a specific day, then we suggest not downloading the app and entering the credit code yet.

Once you have the free Lyft ride credit in your account, you have 14 days to use it before the credit expires. At that point, your credit card will be charged for the entire amount of the ride you take.

If you have free credits leftover from your first ride, it will roll over to the next ride.

We have a lot of people emailing us and asking if they can retroactively input the promo code. You can’t. Once the coupon hits your account, you’ve got two weeks to use it up.

New Lyft Promo Codes

In our search for other Lyft-related posts, we came across a few new codes that we think you will love.

  • RIDESTERLYFT: New drivers get access to huge sign-on bonuses worth up to $2,000 that Lyft is currently offering new drivers.
  • NEWUZER: Gives new riders up to $50 of free ride credits
  • NEWUSER10: New users get $5 credit each for two rides
  • LYFTCOUPONS: New users receive $3 credit each for 3 rides
  • 20LYFTPROMO: New users get $2 credit each for 10 rides

We will continue to add more coupons as we dig them up.

  Lyft coupons for existing users

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While there are no codes for existing users, there are other ways to earn free ride credits once you’ve used up your new user code. See our full Lyft existing users write-up to learn about all the ways to earn ride credits. That post is one of the most-read pages on our website as existing users are constantly looking for extra ways to save. We recently updated it with a few new methods for existing Lyft users to get free ride credits, so make sure to check them out.

  Where Is Lyft Available?

Lyft is currently operating in more than 300 cities across the United States.

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Some of the largest cities in the United States with Lyft coverage include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tampa, Dallas, Seattle, and Atlanta. They are also in smaller cities like Lincoln, Raleigh-Durham, and Portland, among many others.

Lyft New York City

New York City is one of Lyft’s hottest markets because of the sheer amount of people living in such a small space.

New York City Lyft Coverage Area Map
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Lyft Coverage area map for New York City

New York City Lyft Pricing
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Lyft pricing for New York City

Lyft Boston

Another one of the most popular Lyft cities is in Boston, Massachusetts. There are plenty of colleges in this area, as well as tons of working professionals that need reliable transportation to and from work. New users in Boston can use one of our new user Boston Lyft promo codes to get a free ride credit that is good towards their first ride.

Boston Lyft Coverage Area Map
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Lyft coverage area map for Boston, MA

Boston Lyft Pricing
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Lyft pricing for Boston, MA

Lyft Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second most densely populated metropolitan area after New York City, and among other things, it’s also famous for its severe traffic. Commuters prefer using ridesharing apps like Lyft to get places instead of trying to navigate through packed roads on their own.

Los Angeles Lyft Coverage Area Map
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Lyft coverage area map for Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Lyft Pricing
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Lyft pricing for Los Angeles, CA

Lyft Chicago

Chicago is home to the Cubs, White Sox, and a whole lot of people (1.19 million to be exact). It is one of the nation’s most densely populated cities, meaning millions of people require reliable, affordable transportation every day.

Chicago Lyft Coverage Area Map
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Lyft coverage area map for Chicago, IL

Los Angeles Lyft Pricing
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Lyft pricing for Chicago, IL

Lyft San Diego

The San Diego community predominantly turns to Lyft to get safe, reliable, affordable, on-demand rides to travel through the city. Locals and tourists alike use it to get around, and with it being so affordable and convenient, it is not hard to see why it has become so popular!

San Diego Lyft Coverage Area Map
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Lyft coverage area map for San Diego, CA

San Diego Lyft Pricing
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Lyft pricing for San Diego, CA

When Can I Use Lyft?

Lyft can be used any time you need a ride to and from an event, place, or gathering. Never again do you have to worry about hailing a cab, or hoping that next bus arrives on time. With Lyft, you have the option of a friendly and reliable ride available on demand at all times. Simply pull out your smartphone, open the Lyft app, and insert your destination to book a Lyft.

Lyft riders often use the app for:

  • Vacations
  • Getting around town
  • Safe rides home after a drink or two, or three
  • After a car breakdown
  • To and from events where parking is sparse
  • Festivals
  • Birthday parties
  • Family gatherings
  • Getting to and from work
  • Business meetings or travel arrangements

If you are a first time user, you can redeem your Lyft credit code for any of these occasions to enjoy a free ride.

Lyft Codes for New Users

Part of the reason Lyft has been able to expand so fast is largely due to many riders claiming a promo code for new users. These rides allow them to get one, two, three, even four rides under their belts for free, without having to pay a dime.

When you give a new rider a free ride credit, they will likely use the app a few times, realize how convenient it is, then think of Lyft the next time they have to get a ride somewhere.

Let’s take a quick look at my personal experience as a driver and a couple that I drove the other day:

It was about 6:00 p.m., and I picked up a happy couple that seemed new to Lyft. I asked them how long they had been using the rideshare app for.

To my surprise, they said they had used it close to every night since they got to Chicago. They were from out of town and didn’t have a car, so they were happy to find that Lyft was giving away massive new customer promo codes. They signed up, entered a code of one of their friends, then took a ride. Since that night, they swore that they would use it over public transportation every time they could.

That is the power of these promo codes. Many people think they are one-off ways to get exposure, but they are much more than that. Many millions of riders have downloaded the app, taken their free ride, and become loyal users.

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Lyft app

  Advantages of Lyft

  • Convenient rides with the touch of a button – What is better than pressing a button and having somebody come get you? Well, your mom’s apple pie. But not much else.
  • Affordable even with surge pricing – You won’t have to worry about draining your bank on outrageous fares. Pricing is straightforward and not highly variable. While you may pay a little more with Prime Time, rides are still affordable.
  • Cheaper than a taxi – Ridesharing services cost about 20 percent less than a taxi, meaning you will get both convenience and savings.
  • Great first-time Lyft user promo code – Lyft offers killer promotions that help new users save tons of money on free rides!

  Disadvantages of Lyft

  • Not available outside the United States – Users can enjoy the service in over 300 cities in the United States, but an expansion outside the United States would be nice when traveling abroad.
  • No Happy Hour pricing – Discounted rates during “Happy Hour” used to be active when times were slow. They no longer do this, making ride prices pretty much the same all across the board.

  Lyft Promotion Code FAQ

1. Should I tip my Lyft driver?

It is no secret that rideshare drivers love getting tipped. Lyft has also added an in-app tipping feature to make it easier for passengers to leave tips when the ride ends. By no means should you feel required to tip your Lyft driver, but if you enjoyed the service you received, I’m sure they would greatly appreciate a few extra bucks on top of the ride fare.

2. What happens to Lyft credit after you take your first ride?

Lyft account credit will carry over to the next ride if you do not use all of it. For example, if you have $50 in free account credit, and take a trip that only costs $20, you will still have $30 left that is good towards the next trip.

3. What is the difference between a Lyft promo code, coupon code, or promotional code?

There is no difference between these codes. While many different websites refer to these promotions as different things, they mean the same thing.

4. What happens if my ride exceeds the amount of my free ride credit?

If you take a ride that costs more than your free Lyft coupon credit, the card on file will be charged the difference.

5. Is Lyft safe?

Yes. Lyft gives their drivers background checks, running them through several different criminal databases to make sure there are no bad eggs. They check their vehicles for reliability, safety, and damage. In addition, they make sure that drivers are experienced and have no DUIs.

All this being said, Lyft is as safe as a taxi or any other method of hired transportation.

For more information about safety procedures, visit the official safety page.

6. Do drivers get paid when passengers use a Lyft coupon?

Yes, drivers still paid the same amount even if the passengers use a coupon code to cover their fare.

7. How does the Lyft referral program work?

The Lyft Referral Program is a great way for existing riders to earn free ride credit by inviting their friends to the platform.

How to refer a new rider:

  1. Click the menu within the app on the top left side of the screen
  2. Select the option from the drop-down menu that says “free rides”
  3. Send out your referral code to friends and family right through the app
  4. Once they take their first free ride, you will see a free ride credit appear in your account

8. I heard Lyft is making changes to their promo code program. Is this true?

Yes. Currently, the referral code amount for riders ranges between $20 and $50. Fare prices have also been slashed, so you can be sure your credit will go farther than ever before.

In addition, drivers are making even more for referring new passengers. This ensures that both parties are happy, and the referrals keep coming in.

Use Your Lyft Promo Code to Earn Serious Ride Credit

If you have any other questions about a promo code, free ride credit, or anything related to these current promotions, leave them in the comments and we will answer them as soon as we can. Thanks for reading!

Last updated February 10, 2020


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