Ride Comparison: West Coast Edition

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The price of transportation can vary significantly from city to city, but have you ever wondered how they vary in different areas of the United States? We are breaking down the costs of UberX, Lyft, and traditional taxis across the country based on location. Our series of infographics looks at the costs of transportation across the 5 largest cities by population on the West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and Southwest.

Wanderlust Wednesday 4.27.16

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The beautiful coast of Santorini, Greece! #WanderlustWednesday

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Ride Comparison: East Coast Edition

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The price of transportation can vary significantly from city to city, but have you ever wondered how they vary in different areas of the United States? We are breaking down the costs of UberX, Lyft, and traditional taxis across the country based on location. Our series of infographics looks at the costs of transportation across the 5 largest cities by population on the West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and Southwest.

Animal Taxi Monday 4.25.16

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Saddle up, little pup! #AnimalTaxiMonday

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Wanderlust Wednesday 4.20.16

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Scotland is such a beautiful country! Take me here! #WanderlustWednesday

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What is Lyft’s Prime Time Pricing?

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Many rideshare users may be familiar with Uber’s “Surge Pricing” but did you know that Lyft has a similar service, which they call Prime Time Pricing? 

What is Prime Time?

According to Lyft, Prime Time pricing occurs when the demand for Lyft rides is greater than the number of Lyft drivers on the road.

Why does Lyft have Prime Time? 

Similar to Uber’s surge pricing, Prime Time encourages drivers to go out and complete rides when the demand for rides is high. In order to meet the excess demand at certain busy times of the day, Prime Time serves as a way to get more Lyft drivers on the road and getting passengers where they need to go, and in return passengers are charged an additional percentage on top of the original ride price. 

How is it calculated?

At the end of your ride, Prime Time adds a pre-determined percentage of your base ride amount. This is calculated prior to the Trust and Safety fee as well as taxes and airport fees. The specific percent is calculated based on a function of supply and demand (if demand is much higher than supply, the increased percentage will reflect this).

How do you know when it’s Prime Time?

For passengers, on your initial ride request screen the Prime Time notification will appear if the pricing is in effect. It will also indicate the Prime Time percentage, and you have to accept the higher fare before requesting a Lyft ride. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it good for Lyft drivers?

Prime Time pricing allows Lyft drivers to earn more money depending on how/when the Prime Time pricing occurs. On the Lyft App for drivers, a heat map shows that allows riders to see where the demand for rides is the highest.  As pictured below, the shaded areas display where the Prime Time is in effect for drivers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How is it different from Uber Surge Pricing?

Prime Time Pricing is very similar to Uber’s Surge Pricing, except Prime Time pricing uses a percentage, whereas Uber Surge Pricing reflects the fare increase by the amount it will be multiplied (i.e. 2X the normal fare). Another difference between the two pricing tactics is that generally, Uber tends to have higher surge rates than Lyft when it gets busy. It is also easier to avoid Prime Time than Surge Pricing because the areas where Prime Time is enacted are usually smaller than the Surge Pricing area.

For more information on Uber Surge Pricing check out our article here: http://www.taxifarefinder.co/newsroom/?p=3775

Felicia is an intern at Unleashed, LLC. She is from upstate NY, and is currently pursuing a Marketing degree at Bentley University. One day she hopes to travel the world and visit every continent.

Animal Taxi Monday 4.18.16

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Check out this adorable duo! #AnimalTaxiMonday

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Introducing Find a Fare Friday!

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Starting this week we will have a weekly give away on Twitter called “Find a Fare Friday”! This contest will give you an opportunity to use our trusty website, www.taxifarefinder.com to find the estimated taxi fare between two locations that we will provide. The locations will be based on fun things happening around the world each week!

The first person to tweet us the correct estimated fare will be the winner for the week, and will receive one of our TaxiFareFinder goodies (pictured above)! The winner will be contacted by a member of our team after the contest is over!

Happy FareFinding! #FindAFareFriday

If you’re not already with us on twitter follow @TaxiFareFinder to stay updated on the latest rideshare news and to enter our contest! Must be following to win!

Wanderlust Wednesday 4.13.16

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The city of Amsterdam, Netherlands from above! #WanderlustWednesday

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Ola Fare Finder: Find, Estimate, and Dispatch Your Ride

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By now everyone seems to have heard of the rideshare giant, Uber, but did you know that in India, Ola, is actually giving Uber a run for their money? Ola is the Indian version of Uber and if you are planning a trip there any time soon you will want to check out OlaFareFinder to learn everything you need to know about traveling around India via Ola cabs.

OlaFareFinder not only will estimate your Ola fare, it will also warn you if Ola Peak Time pricing is enacted in your city or travel destination. This will allow you to see your “real-time” fare so you can choose the best ride option available and save that money! Once you have found an estimate you like, OlaFareFinder allows you to dispatch a car directly from the site! Check it out.

When you first visit OlaFareFinder.com, you will notice two blank fields, for your “beginning” and “ending” addresses. This is where you will enter your Ola trip details.

Pro Tip: When you enter your starting and ending locations you can use addresses, city names, landmarks, business names, zip codes, and even coordinates (latitude and longitude).

Once you have entered your TO and FROM locations, OlaFareFinder will estimate your fare for Ola Prime, Ola Micro, and Ola Mini! If your location has higher prices due to Peak Time Pricing, OlaFareFinder will let you know and will even update your price estimate.

After you have searched for your fare and found an estimate and service you like, simply click on the “Request Ola” button which will open the Ola website or app and allow you to dispatch a car quickly and easily!

Have you tried OlaFareFinder yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.