Working as a Lyft rideshare driver can be a great way to earn extra money while setting your own hours and meeting new people. But did you know that the fares you earn as a Lyft driver aren’t the only way you can earn money with Lyft? In addition to the money you receive in exchange for driving passengers, you also have the opportunity to earn a variety of other Lyft driver bonuses.
The most exciting of these bonuses is the new driver bonus that you have the chance to earn when you sign up to drive for Lyft. This bonus can be several hundred dollars depending on when and where you sign up to be a driver, so it’s worth claiming. Let’s break down what the Lyft sign-up bonus is and how to make sure you get it.
What Is the Lyft Sign-Up Bonus for Drivers?
In order for Lyft’s service to work, the company needs to have an adequate supply of drivers to meet rider demand. If the supply of drivers is too low, then passengers will quickly get frustrated and abandon the service since they won’t be able to find rides. To ensure that they have enough drivers to meet demand, Lyft offers cash bonuses to drivers who sign up and meet specific requirements (generally giving a minimum number of rides within a set amount of time).
In general, the bonuses will be higher in markets where Lyft is either new or less popular among drivers. In order to establish a foothold in a new market, Lyft is willing to spend significant amounts of cash upfront on driver sign-up bonuses. In some markets, this can mean that new drivers can earn bonuses of up to $1,000 just for signing up for the service and completing a certain number of rides within the first 30 to 60 days of signing up.
How Do I Qualify for the Lyft Sign-Up Bonus for Drivers?
As exciting as the Lyft driver sign-up bonus is, it isn’t free money. You can’t just sign up for a driver account, never give any rides and expect to collect a nice paycheck. You have the work for the bonus, and the conditions are specific. The precise requirements vary by city, but in all cases you’ll qualify for the Lyft bonus by giving a required number of rides. What’s more, you’ll need to give these rides within a set amount of time after signing up to drive for Lyft.
In general, you’ll have 30 days to give the required number of Lyft rides. The required number can be as low as 100 (in Salt Lake City, for example) or as high as 525 (in San Francisco, though they give you 60 days to complete them). Once you’ve given these rides, you should receive payment via direct deposit to your bank account. To view your progress toward receiving the bonus, check the Lyft app. You’ll also receive info on the bonus requirements via email once Lyft has accepted your driver application.
To receive the bonus, you need to make it through the Lyft driver application process. Specifically, you need to pass a background check and a DMV check, plus meet the vehicle requirements for Lyft.
This promotion only applies to new Lyft drivers, but current Lyft drivers can earn bonuses by referring other drivers to the service using the referral code in the Lyft app. Here’s how:
- Open the Lyft Driver app
- Tap “Earn” in the lower right-hand corner (next to the bonus amount you can earn)
- Choose either text or email to send your referral code to new drivers
How Much Is the New Lyft Driver Referral Bonus for My City?
Curious how much you could earn as a new driver (or by referring new drivers) in your city? Check out the table below to see just how high current bonus amounts are:
|Salt Lake City (SLC)||30d||$100||$100||100|
|Las Vegas (LAS)||30d||$250||$250||125|
|Orange County (OCX)||30d||$350||$350||200|
|San Bernardino (SBD)||30d||$350||$350||150|
|Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)||30d||$500||$500||175|
|San Antonio (SAT)||30d||$500||$500||175|
|New Orleans (MSY)||30d||$500||$500||175|
|New York City (NYC)||30d||$450||$450||150|
|San Diego (SAN)||30d||$450||$450||150|
|San Jose (SJC)||30d||$550||$550||200|
|Washington; D.C. (DCA)||30d||$1,000||$1,000||400|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||60d||$900||$900||400|
|San Francisco (SFO)||60d||$750||$750||525|
Note that these amounts are subject to change; we’ll keep them updated as much as we can. Lyft also reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time, so make sure to check the Lyft app for the most current information on referrals in your city.
How Do I Claim My Lyft Sign-Up Bonus?
Claiming the Lyft sign-up bonus for drivers is easy. The key is to make sure you sign up using the link below or the promo code of a referring driver. We recommend signing up using a link, as it will automatically fill in the code for you. If you don’t do this and forget to fill in the code manually, you won’t be eligible to receive bonuses.
Here are the steps to follow to claim your bonus:
- Sign up using the link that a new driver sent you, or use this one.
- Once on the sign up page, enter your information and begin the application process.
- Assuming Lyft accepts your application, check the email they sent you with details on the requirements for the new driver bonus.
- Complete the ride requirements within the amount of time specified.
- Collect your bonus and enjoy.
And if you’re an existing driver referring new drivers, be sure to send a referral link, not a code. That way, you can know that both you and the driver you referred will be in the running to receive the bonus you both deserve. If you just send your Lyft driver promo code, you run the risk of the referred person forgetting to fill in the code when they apply.
Start Driving to Earn Your Lyft Referral Bonus
We hope this guide has helped you understand the earning potential behind Lyft driver promotions. Excited to start working toward your Lyft driver bonus today? Then sign up using this link to be eligible for the new Lyft sign-up bonus for drivers for your city. Looking to earn Lyft credit as a new rider? Check out our guide to Lyft promo codes for new riders.
Want to drive for Uber as well? Check out our guide to the sign-up bonus for Uber drivers.