The low-cost carpool rides offered by Uber and Lyft (where riders share their ride with other riders going in the same direction) have always been a horrible deal for drivers.
As a driver doing Line/Pool rides, I always felt I was doing the work of two rides, but earning the pay of one ride.
But Lyft has now announced a game-changer:
Like many travelers, I’m a big fan of car rental booking site AutoSlash.
9/10 times AutoSlash will find the cheapest rental option, and 3/10 times it is substantially cheaper than comparable sources (estimate, not scientific numbers).
But AutoSlash failed me recently. Continue reading
The first time I saw this sale from Frontier Airlines, I was shocked.
The second time, not as much.
They have the sale a few times per year, and it’s here again, today only:
There’s this thing people do, called plane spotting, where they nerd out and photograph the planes landing and departing (or parked) at an airport.
While I’ve yet to earn the #avgeek badge (try searching “#avgeek” on Twitter or Instagram, where you’ll find hundreds of posts per day), there’s this park by SFO that I figured would be a cool spot to try it out.
A plane descending above the landfill ridge of Seal Point Park.
What is plane spotting? Continue reading
Saturday morning, 6 a.m. flight, SFO’s international terminal.
We got there with just enough time as usual, pointlessly as it turned out.
I looked out the window at our gate expecting to see our plane nestled in, but there was nothing there.
Ah, Best Western.
Does it get more American than that?
They aren’t known for luxury, but they do have some nice hotels all over the world.
Today they sent me an email offer that I haven’t seen before for their credit card: Continue reading
About a month before my birthday, Marriott sent me an interesting offer:
As the fine print says, I could earn a free night at any Marriott category 1-5 hotel if I complete a stay of two or more nights in June.
Not a bad deal, eh? Continue reading
Uber started a few different initiatives today, including adding the option for riders to tip drivers within the app.
Starting today, they’ve also launched teen accounts in three cities: Seattle, Phoenix and Columbus.
Here is some info from Uber:
We knew Uber would eventually stop being stubborn and add in-app tipping.
Today they finally gave in.
Here’s some info Uber sent out to drivers today:
Tipping is available starting today in Seattle, Minneapolis and Houston: Continue reading
Uber’s driver turnover rate is abysmal.
One study found only 4% of drivers are still driving a year after starting.
Most drivers join for the lucrative sign-up bonuses, then ditch upon realizing how challenging it is to make driving worth their time.
Here are 3 changes Uber could make to keep drivers on the road: