Is Lyft Lying About Their Prices in NYC?

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All summer long, those in NYC were used to $5 Lyft rides which were great! Then Lyft raised them to $8 a ride, which wasn’t bad. However, like all good things, these discounted Lyft Line rides were changing to 50% less than the normal Lyft fare.


However, it doesn’t’ seem to be the case for me.

Here’s the email they sent:

Make the most of it, NYC, because $8 Lines end next Thursday. 

But that isn’t the end of our discount zones. Starting 5 p.m. Oct. 29, we’re refreshing the zones with a new discount: Lyft Lines that are always 50% less than original Lyft.

Here are 2 real examples from tonight:

Original Lyft: $17.22, Lyft Line $11.20 (50% less would be $8.61)


Original Lyft: $22.16, Lyft Line $18.18 (50% less would be $11.08)


Bottom Line

I’ve tried multiple scenarios and none the prices are quoting 50%, they are all much higher. That’s fine if that’s the case, but Lyft shouldn’t advertise the new Lyft Line as 50% off, when that isn’t the case.

Anyone else having this issue with Lyft in NYC?

If you’re new to Lyft, you can sign-up and get $20 toward your first ride here.

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  1. Lyft and uber prices are composed of two components: time and distance. I would guess they are only cutting one (probably distance) by 50% which is why you end up with the odd numbers when they are blended.

    This is also the reason why uber can claim they have cheaper rates than taxis when they actually do not. Uber distance rates may be cheaper but uber charges time AND distance. Taxis only charge time OR distance but not both at the same time.

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