Tag: promos

Weekend Rideshare Driving: Worth It?

My typical work schedule is M – F and either Sat. or Sun.  Because I need at least one day off a week to rest.  I’ve tried working seven days/week before, and it’s no fun.  It is helpful for chipping away at credit card debt though.  But isn’t very enjoyable otherwise.  Occasionally, a weekday is designated as an off-day too.  As there’s a buildup of non-work related tasks that tend to accumulate when I’m working overtime.  

But this past weekend I struck a harmonious balance between work and play.  And for really the first time was able to fit everything that I’d planned on doing in.  Typically when friends or a family member requests to spend time together, it’s a decision between doing that OR rideshare driving (which is an avenue for directly making money).   Read more

Superbowl Sunday: Worth the Effort?

J.M. here.  Working on Superbowl Sunday is influenced by a myriad of factors.  These include: which market you’re driving in, whether you’re positioned to take advantage of surge/demand, and how much you drive (i.e., part-time vs. full-time).  

After going back over all of my income statements for 2016, I’ve discovered that some payouts during the month of January were bigger than during other months of the year.   Which is no surprise if you consider the huge spike in demand during New Year’s Eve (NYE).   Driving on NYE can be a great way to take advantage of income potential; however, outside of this holiday blitz, winter months are typically slower than the rest of the year.  That’s why drivers should pounce on Superbowl Sunday when it rolls around.  Because this day often means a lot of parties, drinking, and the inevitable ride home via ridesharing. 


Here’s my account of working on Superbowl Sunday, and some of the pros and cons associated with sacrificing fun for the hustle.


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Carpool Competition in NYC

Typically Uber’s promotion(s) have included boost fares and hourly guarantees for all types of regular services (e.g., Uberx, Uberxl, UberPool, etc.); however, this incentive is only targeting UberPool trips. 
 Uber sent out this promotion to NYC drivers Sunday as an incentive to drive UberPool trips this week.  The promotional hours run from 7-9am and from 5-8pm during weekdays (Mon. – Thurs.).  Drivers must also complete at least one UberPool trip during each eligible hour, and accept 80% of trip requests too.  With this promo it’s obvious that Uber drivers aren’t accepting/completing UberPool trips regularly in this market.  Uber doesn’t want to lose market-share to competitors (e.g., Lyft, Via, etc.), and this could be the beginning of a string of UberPool incentives specifically.

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