Your Credit vs. Lyft Credit: Get the Scoop on Passenger Referrals

Since we launched our limited-time $20 referral bonuses, we’ve heard a few questions from drivers eager to share their links with the world. Here’s how to make sure you’re nabbing those bonuses while they last.

  1. Share your referral link. The format we use is
  2. Tell referrals to download the app. By going through your referral link, your code will automatically be applied. 
  3. Nudge them to take a ride. You’ll get a referral bonus once they do, since your referral’s free credit will be attributed to you.

Free Rides for New Users

In most cities, we welcome new passengers by dropping free credit in their accounts when they download the app. It encourages users to request their first ride, even if they haven’t met a member of the Lyft community yet.

Remember, though: If your friends download the Lyft app on their own, they’ll likely get free credit by default. That’s why it’s best to refer friends using your referral link, not your code — it saves time, so you can get credit without bugging them to enter your code after signup..

Why Driver Referrals Matter

It’s even better when a new passenger is referred by a driver. With your personal introduction, they’re more likely to take a ride — and as long as your friend signs up from your link or enters your code before taking their first ride, you’ll receive a bonus.

No matter how passengers discover Lyft, whether through your Facebook post or Lyft’s billboard, their demand will boost your bottom line. The most important thing is that every passenger gets a warm welcome to the community — and if we can thank you for doing so with a referral bonus, it’s a win-win.