New! Long trip alerts, ratings protection, and more

We know you work hard for your ratings, and that your time is valuable. So we've made improvements that prioritize both — and are among drivers’ most-requested updates. Read on for more details:

Ratings Protection

We launched an update to passengers’ ratings screens that helps protect you from issues out of your control — because things like Line routing or passenger behavior shouldn’t count against you. Now, when a passenger rates a driver four stars or less, we’ll show them three new reasons that might explain their rating:  

  • If it’s a Line ride, they’ll see two new options: “co-passenger” and “Line route.”

  • If it’s any other ride type, they’ll see one new option: “pickup time.”

2-Minute Cancellation Window

Previously, passengers had up to five minutes to cancel a ride without being charged a cancellation fee. Now, two minutes is the magic number. Things to remember:

  • After you’ve arrived to pick up a passenger, the timer will still run for five minutes for regular Lyft and two minutes for Line.

  • Your pay still includes time spent waiting, starting one minute after you tap to arrive.

Heads-up on Long Trips

On the ‘Accept’ screen, we’ll alert you when a ride is estimated to take longer than 45 minutes. While longer rides are typically higher-earning, we want you to know what to expect before you accept.

  • If you’re not up for a long trip, note that declining these trips will still affect your overall acceptance rate.

  • Currently, this update is live on iOS only, with an Android launch coming in the next few weeks.

Coming Soon: a Simplified Earnings Snapshot

We’ve already simplified the ‘Earnings’ tab in your app to show your net earnings, which are 100% yours. But that’s just the beginning. To ensure that you fully understand what you’re taking home, we're rolling out a new view of your earnings in the app and Dashboard, starting next month. On the ‘Earnings Breakdown’ screen, you'll see what you’ve made along with additional details, such as what the passenger paid, any third-party fees, and Lyft fees.

Thanks to all the drivers that suggested these helpful updates. We’ll see you out there!

#DeckYourLyft Winners: You've Got (Holiday) Spirit, Yes You Do

This December, you decked to impress, delighting passengers (and passers-by) with everything from in-car treats and rockin' playlists to customized holiday mustaches and costumes. But the #DeckYourLyft grand prize goes to Shilo in San Diego for her festive soundtrack, joyful spirit, and an exuberant display of holiday sweets, ambient lighting, ribbons, and more.

Each city also had a unique winner of a $100 Amazon gift card. Below, a taste of the festivities: