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9 Lyft Hacks That Will Change Your Transportation Game

It’s hard to remember how we got around before ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber entered the transportation scene. (Remember how impossible it was to get a cab in residential neighborhoods?) And don’t even get us started on Muni. Needless to say, we’ve become more than a little dependent on our trusty Lyft account to shuttle us around town. But even the Lyft savviest among us might not know all the perks the car-hailing service has to offer. So we’ve rounded up a whole slew of features you might not be taking advantage of. Getting from point A to point B just got even easier…and more rewarding.

Have a night out with your hubby. Lyft knows that being parents is tough work, so this month, they’re going to help you spend a night out on the town. They’re offering San Francisco passengers 50 percent off two weekend rides in September with the code AUGXALLSFOSUB1. In SF, Lyft has partnered with Limon Rotisserie for a special offer on your meal, plus the chance to win a $50 UrbanSitter credit to make a night out even easier. 

Get to the office quickly and easily. Forget Muni. Lyft is testing a program called Shuttle to help commuters get to and from work in a quick and cost-effective way. For a low fixed fare, folks can ride along convenient routes during commuter hours (weekdays from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.). Here’s how it works: First, you find your route by selecting Lyft Line and then entering in your destination. After that, toggle to Shuttle to see the nearest route. Simply walk to your pickup point and enjoy the ride along a designated route. No surprise stops. And no more being late because the N got stuck in the tunnel…again. 

Use commuter benefits. Yep, you can use your pre-tax dollars toward Lyft Line (shared) rides through participating providers like WageWorks and TransitChek. (And if you’re not using commuter benefits, you should be—unless you don’t want 40 percent of your money back in your pocket.)

Donate to charity. Make every trip an act of kindness by opting to round up your fares to the nearest dollar and donate to worthy causes, like supporting the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma who are in need of aid and relief.

Get pickup suggestions. There’s nothing worse than watching your car approach only to see it get stuck on a one-way street or behind a bunch of traffic. Now the app will automatically suggest the best nearby spot for you to meet your driver when it’ll save you time.

Make multiple stops. We’ve all been doing this for a while, but now you can arrange it all in the app so your driver knows from the get-go. 

Schedule a pickup in advance. Got a 6 a.m. flight out of SFO? Now you can order a car up to a week ahead of time (because those extra minutes of sleep are precious).

Earn airline points. If you’re a frequent flyer on Delta, you can link your SkyMiles to your Lyft account and earn points on every ride—and triple points on airport rides. That’s kinda major. 

Order a fancy car.  Uber’s not the only one with a fleet of fancy cars. Order a Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux SUV (the latter seats six) to feel like a total boss, wherever you’re headed.

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