(Update 2/27/15): Congratulations to all the drivers who were able to take advantage of Lyft’s $1,000 double sided referral bonus over the past couple days. The deal is now dead but there are a few select cities still paying $1,000 to new drivers (but you have to complete 30 rides by 3/8).
Lyft just announced their biggest sign-up bonus ever for new drivers: $1,000. Yes, you read that right people. And the best thing is there aren’t many strings attached either.
Drivers in the following cities are eligible for the $1,000 bonus:
- Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Denver, Seattle, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, Miami, Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles
This offer is available to brand new Lyft drivers who apply and give their first ride by 3/5! So if you are someone who is a brand new driver you can sign up right now and you’ll get $1,000 after you give your first ride – it’s as simple as that.
I know that probably sounds too good to be true but I just got confirmation from Lyft headquarters that this promotion is legit and there are no requirements to drive after your first ride or anything like that.
Here’s a screenshot from Lyft’s website detailing the promotion:
FAQ’s About Signing Up To Drive For Lyft
What’s the application process like?
In order to get signed up with Lyft, you will need to provide your name, address, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license and auto information. Your social security number will only be used to perform the background check (there is no credit check).
You can sign up here to start the application.
What’s a mentor ride?
Once you submit your application, you will need to do a mentor ride. Lyft may assign a mentor to you but you are free to do the ride as soon as you’re available. If you’re trying to get the $1,000 bonus by 3/5, the sooner the better.
In order to do your mentor ride, log on to the app and go into driver mode by tapping the steering wheel in the upper right corner. Then you can request a mentor (just like you’re requesting a Lyft driver). Once the mentor is confirmed, you will follow the navigation and drive to the mentor. You may also want to call the mentor at this point to confirm that you’re on the way. Make sure you bring all pertinent information (driver’s license, insurance, registration, etc).
The mentor ride should last about 15-30 mins and the mentor (an experienced Lyft driver) will take a look at your car and you’ll go for a quick test drive. Think of it as a very casual mini-interview 🙂
Mentors are available daily from 7 am – 5 pm.
When will I get approved?
You should know within 15 minutes of your mentor ride whether you’ve been approved or not and once you are, your background check will begin processing. Once you’ve passed your background check (2-3 days), you’ll be able to give your first ride and earn that $1,000!
Have any questions or need any clarifications? Leave a comment below and enjoy the $1,000!
This article originally appeared on The Rideshare Guy Blog & Podcast