Uber Updates it's New Driver Bonus Program, Now Offering $500 to Drivers From Other Platforms For Signing Up And Doing One Ride on uberX
With the new year in full swing, Uber has updated it's bonus program for new drivers. Prior to yesterday's announcement, drivers would have had to complete 5 trips on another program by 11/1/14. Now, as long as a driver has done his/her trips before January 8, 2015, he or she will qualify.
If you are a Lyft or SideCar driver, or know someone who is, and are fairly loyal to only that brand, there are a few good reasons to add uberX to your repertoire. Allow me to explain. I've been on multiple platforms for about 2 years, and I am very happy to have had the choices available to me. Here are just a couple of the reasons to give yourself the choice:
1) Sometimes platforms just don't work.
There have been times when the telecommunications network for an app goes down. More often than not, it's during a busy time, when the circuits get jammed because of too many orders. If you're on the platform that goes down for a few hours, and don't have an alternate, you'll have to stop working, and chances are you won't really want to right then. But you'll have no choice. If you have backup, then you can keep going. So, having multiple platforms is insurance against any one platform going dead for a while.
Sometimes you'll be in an area where one app or another is more popular. Example given, college towns love Lyft. Business districts love Uber. Do they both love both? Sure. But there are definitely preferences out there. If you have multiple platforms, you can always take advantage of wherever it is that you find yourself.
You'll get more hits with multiple platforms running. There are definitely times when I'm running Uber Black, Lyft, and SideCar at 2.5 x. This covers every price point - low, medium and high. Especially when things are slow, such as right after January 1, or during the mid day dip, one wants to have all of their bases covered. It's just good common sense.
$500 is $500, and right now, you only need to complete 1 ride. 1 ride!! That is the promotion currently. Signing up for Uber and then finishing one ride will not take that long. You can sign up here: