Is It Worth Paying for a Lyft Pink Membership?
Getting around can be expensive. And with a lot of ways to do it – driving a car, renting a car, scooters, regular bicycles, e-assistant bicycles – well, your attempts to ditch your car can quickly lead to what looks like paying for your car.
Lyft today launched a waiting list for Lyft Pink , its new membership service. It will be available nationwide in a few months. For $ 19.99, you get 15% off all car rides, free bike and scooter rides, relaxed cancellations, priority airport pickups, lost and found fees cancellation and upcoming car rental benefits, as detailed by the company posted by Lifehacker.
Lyft claims that if you make at least two to three trips a week, this is a smart move.
Lyft previously offered a full access pass that gave users 30 rides a month for a $ 299 fee. But calculating the cost can be confusing, as The Verge notes: Each of those 30 trips cost $ 15, so if your trip costs more, you’re out of pocket; if the trip costs less than $ 15, you will not receive credit for future trips.
How Lyft Pink Compares To Uber Ride Pass
Uber offers a ride pass for a monthly fee of $ 24.99. This gives you “lower prices on all suitable routes” for UberX and Pool rides. It also offers free bike and scooter rides for up to 30 minutes a day, a benefit apparently only available temporarily.
A ride ticket is only available in select cities, and keeping track of how much you save can be confusing unless you really give away $ 25 to try it. According to Uber , you can track your savings on this app, so it would be enough to just take it for a month and cancel if it doesn’t save you much.
If you spend so much on Lyft it might be worth it
To see what I could save with my new Lyft membership, I looked at my recent trips. (I use both Lyft and Uber, but I tend to use Lyft by default.)
In October, I spent $ 39.05 on five Lyft rides before tip.
If I had gotten 15% off Lyft Pink, I would have paid about $ 5.86 less for these rides, and the total before tip would have been $ 33.19.
These savings didn’t even come close to what I would pay for a $ 19 monthly subscription. If I could spend another month walking and cycling around the city, maybe – but these opportunities are not yet available in my area.
My travel allowance per month must be in the $ 90 to $ 100 range to start considering a monthly membership.
If you’ve paid $ 299 a month for Lyft in the past, let us know what you think of the new plan and if it can help you save money. Uber users, I want to hear from you too. How much do you save with a Ride Pass?