Lyft Launches “Wait and Save” Option For Pandemic
"Wait & Save" rides will cost less than a standard Lyft ride, and in exchange, riders will wait between 5 and 40 minutes to be picked up.
According to Lyft officials, nearly 30% of Lyft rides start or end in a low-income area and rides to essential locations (defined as supermarkets, convenience stores, police stations, drugstores, pharmacies, laundromats and banks) have increased 110% since the start of the pandemic.
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, we paused Shared Rides in all markets. This was the right thing to do but it also removed our most affordable ride option. To ensure riders still had a more affordable option, we launched Wait & Save, a new pilot where riders can opt for a longer wait time but pay a lower fare than for a Standard ride, while drivers earn the same as they do for a Standard ride.
Now, more riders than ever will see Wait & Save as an option in their Lyft app alongside our standard ride modes. Riders who choose Wait & Save will always pay less than they would for a standard Lyft ride, and typically the longer they need to wait, the more they will save. This allows for the rider to be matched with the best-located driver. Of course, for riders that need a quicker pickup, a standard Lyft ride is still available and prices and ETAs are always shown in the Lyft app.
It looks like this could be pretty cool for those who are flexible with their schedules.
However, if you're not flexible, and you're the sort of person who thinks that everyone should do exactly what you want when you want them to--you might be this person:
((Warning: Very Graphic Language, NSFW. Seriously.))