I Tried Lyft's Scheduled Rides and It Made Early Morning Travel Tolerable
Being able to
schedule a Lyft ride in advance
has been an option for a while, and it's now
available in 25 cities
throughout the country. I hadn't bothered to try it until recently when I was stuck with an early morning flight and had to get to the airport. Here's how my experience compared to what
The night before my flight, I was going back and forth over whether to use the scheduled rides feature. I had to be at the airport at 6:45am, which meant I'd have to leave my apartment at 6am to take public transportation (which often smells like a toilet...usually because someone has used it as a toilet). Or I could schedule a ride and be picked up between 6:20 and 6:30am, which meant more time in my warm bed. Since I'm not a morning person, I decided to give the scheduled ride a try.
First, Lyft went a little overboard on the text notifications reminding me that I'd scheduled a ride and that my driver was on the way, and then that he was getting closer (but that might be helpful if you don't want to check the driver's status on the app). My driver arrived slightly early (I could see his car out my window), but he waited until my selected time slot before he called me to let me know he was there. That was nice because I've had drivers who call before they even arrive and are pretty impatient for you to get in their car and get going. True to Lyft's description of service, the price I was charged matched the quote I was given when I scheduled the ride.
Overall, the experience went smoothly for me, and because of the time it saved me, was worth the extra cost (versus the couple bucks I'd pay for public transportation). I prefer being able to schedule my ride ahead of time rather than try my luck requesting a Lyft the morning of my flight, which I've done before and didn't enjoy the anxiety that came with it.
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