Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States, and is slated to surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city in the coming years. With the Astros in the playoffs once again, there is NO reason why anyone of us should be going home with less than $300 at the end of the playoff game.
$300 may sound like a lot, but it really isn’t. This past weekend, I have seen
Before I get to the good part, I will be expecting that HPD will be writing tickets again this weekend. The smaller airport
So, how do we pull off $300?
First of all, we have to understand how surge works. There is a new type of surge, that even the old school drivers seem to not understand.
Uber = Uber has a flat rate surge amount, but it can increase.
Lyft = Similar to Uber, Lyft also has a
So why do some fares increase on Uber?
Here’s the thing, when a rider pays a surge amount, Uber does a share adjustment (this can be found in the fare details section of the trip under Surge, or Optional
According to Uber, “Share adjustments happen when the difference between a rider’s payment and your earnings is higher than estimated.”
Basically, Uber actually has a somewhat of a heart left and shares
The simple way of thinking of this adjustment is if the rider is paying more, then you will get more money.
So how do we know if the rider is being charged more? You can use an app, like one in the Apple app store called “Surge 2.0” or you can pull up google maps and get price estimates in
Why Surge happens
One of the best ways to increase our earnings to reach that $300 a day is to understand why surge happens. Everyone knows at
When rider demand outstrips driver supply, prices rise.
Basically, when a lot of riders open their apps, the prices increase. This is why Uber flags your account when you check prices on your rider app, but this also means to position yourself at the right time, at the right spot. When that 9th inning hits, you better be outside of Minute Maid Park. When the bars close at
In summary, to get to that $300, you must know when the rider is being surged. and try your best to pick up some longer surge rides. Uber and Lyft both tell us when it is a longer ride (45+) minutes. There are lots of suburbs around town that waiting for that long ride notification is your best
Now, I can not tell you to turn your apps off, as Uber will see that as us colluding to manipulate the app, but I can tell you that at the end of the Astros game, it will surge. There is no reason why you should pick up riders without a bonus. That traffic is a nightmare. It is a nightmare trying to find your pax. How much is it worth to you?
I understand that there are some drivers coming from out of town. I have seen chatter from both Dallas and Corpus Christi groups today. That is fine. They are going to be taking all the short trips so we can wait for longer rides, as they will come here wanting to take as many rides as possible without understanding how the Houston market is. Even with the influx of extra drivers, there is no reason why a Houston driver can not make off with at least $300.
Now, let’s hope the Astros win 2 games, and not all 3, otherwise this post will be in vain as they will not be coming to Houston Saturday.
Oh, and don’t feel bad about the rider from the Woodlands paying $200 for a ride. The tickets to playoff games are not cheap. By default, you need to have a few extra bucks laying around to make a trip there. If that rider can’t afford to pay you some extra money, their card would not
Now, lets be smart, patient and get this money!!!