How Bad Is It Really?

Originally posted on December 7, 2022 @ 7:14 AM

Although I agree with everything the woman said in her video showing two trips, I watched it again to do some math based on what my rate card was before Upfront Fares were implemented in November 2022:

To Pickup for Trip #1

.60/mile x 1.4 miles = $.84

.11/minute x  5 minutes = $.55

$.84 + $.55 = $1.39

Actual Trip #1

.60/mile x  27.7 miles = $16.62

.11 x 39 minutes = $4.29

$16.62 + $4.29 = $20.91

$1.39 + $20.91 = $22.30

$22.30 (Rate Card Fare) – $17.11 (Upfront Fare paid to driver with no bonus) which is a $5.19 Difference

Lyft’s $5.19 take is 23.2735% of the $17.11 Upfront Fare paid to driver

If driver were paid $22.30 (Rate Card Fare), and drivers were still getting 80% with Lyft getting 20%, then Lyft would have kept $4.46

$22.30 – $4.46 = $17.84 (Amount driver would have been paid under Rate Card)

$17.84 – $17.11 = $.73 less than Rate Card Fare

To Pickup for Trip #2

.60/mile x 1.4 miles = $.84

.11/minute x 5 minutes = $.55

$.84 + $.55 = $1.39

Actual Trip #2

.60/mile x 54.8 miles = $32.88

.11/minute x 66 minutes = $7.26

$32.88 + $7.26 = $40.14

$1.39 + $40.14 = $41.53

$41.53 (Rate Card Fare) – $36.19 (Upfront Fare paid to driver includes $5.25 bonus) is a difference of $5.34

Lyft’s $5.34 take is 14.7555% of the $36.19 Upfront Fare paid to driver

If driver were paid $41.53 (Rate Card Fare), and drivers were still getting 80% with Lyft getting 20%, then Lyft would have kept $8.30

$41.53 – $8.30 = $33.22 (Amount driver would have been paid under Rate Card)

However, driver was paid $36.19 (Upfront Fare) – $33.22 (Rate Card Fare) which is $2.97 more than Rate Card Fare

If this trip had NO bonus included:

$36.19 (Upfront Fare) excluding $5.25 bonus = $30.94 (Upfront Fare that would have been paid without $5.25 bonus)

$41.53 – $30.94 is a difference of $10.59

Lyft’s $10.59 take is 34.2275% of the $30.94 (Upfront Fare that would have been paid without $5.25 bonus)

In this instance, without the $5.25 bonus, the driver would have earned $2.28 LESS with the $30.94 Upfront Fare, compared to the $33.22 Rate Card Fare.

So, while Upfront Fares look awful and appear to be way less than what we may have been earning under the Rate Card (which apparently no longer exists), in reality, these two fares are NOT as egregious as some others.

Bottom line for me:  I’d rather drive for HERide where drivers are earning 80% and the company is only keeping 20%.  PERIOD. 

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