Monday, August 31, 2015

Uber Testing Smart Routes

Source: TechCrunch
Uber lets us trade money for time. But the cheaper the rides, the more people who will use Uber. That’s why it’s testing a way to let you pay less money for a little less convenience and a little less time saved. I recently spotted a new option in UberPool in San Francisco, and Uber now confirms it’s testing what it calls “Smart Routes.”
Ubet Smart RouteRather than hailing an Uber directly to your door, UberPool’s map shows a green line overlaid on a major artery street nearby. If you’re willing to set your pickup location anywhere along these Smart Routes, Uber will compensate you with a discount of $1 or more off the normal UberPool price. In some cases that means walking a few blocks to your pickup spot. A little less convenient, a little cheaper.
Uber tells me:
“We have begun testing a new feature to streamline the uberPOOL experience for both riders and drivers. This experimental feature, called ‘Smart Routes’, aims to simplify pick-ups by encouraging riders to request a ride along specific routes in San Francisco. Smart Routes is part of our ongoing efforts to increase the efficiency of driver-partners’ time spent on the road while helping riders save time and money.”
For drivers, Smart Routes allow for fewer time-wasting and gas-wasting detours. That means they can finish a set of UberPool rides quicker and pick up more fares, which earns them and Uber more money. In theory, getting riders to walk to Smart Routes would eventually let Uber profit, even after handing out discounts.
Smart Routes is similar to ride sharing service Loup, which pays people to drive their cars and pick people up on bus-like routes through a city, and Chariot which does the same but with big vans. It’s also reminiscent of Lyft’s HotSpots feature, where passengers can walk to a specific corner to get a discounted fair. Uber Smart Routes essentially elongates those hotspots so they span the course of popular trips rather than just being a single point along the way.
uber Smart Route PickupSmart Routes aren’t the only alternative pick-up option Uber is testing. Uber’s “Perpetual Rides” and Lyft’s “Triple Match” are both experiments in allowing drivers to continuously pick up passengers whenever they have an open seat, rather than completing a set of UberPool or Lyft Line rides before starting the next. Lyft’s also tried giving discounts if you’ll wait 10 minutes for a Lyft Line first.
Uber also recently started testing “Suggested Pickup Points,” which I wrote could recommend pickup spots where your driver could get to faster. Instead of a discount, the idea was that walking around the corner or across the street would save you, the driver, and Uber time.
For now, Uber is testing Smart Routes on at least two corridors in San Francisco: one through the Mission district on Valencia St. between 15th and 26th, and one up Fillmore St. from Haight St. to Bay St. in the Marina, which the Bay Area’s BART service doesn’t cover.
If Smart Routes are popular with riders and efficient for drivers, Uber could expand the feature to more locations. And the cheaper Uber gets, the more riders on a budget it can recruit. At $4.19, my recent Smart Route UberPool cost less than twice the public bus fare.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Lyft Line $6 Flat Rate promo in San Francisco

Lyft is now offering $6 flat rate Lyft Line even with no prime pricing. So it is truly only $6, for rides taken north of Cesar Chavez St. and Sloat Blvd.

Pay no more than $6 for all rides. no prime pricing.

This promotion is only valid for a limited time.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Uber Lyft Coupon Codes

First time users of Uber and Lyft can enjoy $20 worth of free rides.

Here are the coupon codes.

Uber - zailoo20
Lyft - zailoo20

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Survey for Uber/ Lyft Scheduler - Enter for a chance to win $25 Amazon Gift Card

Zailoo team is working on building a scheduler service on top of Uber and Lyft, which does not exist natively.

Please take a minute to complete this brief survey. You will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card raffle.

https://kay30.typeform.com/to/s280Ro

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lyft $5 Airport Rides Promo Codes

Lyft $5 Airport Rides:

Lyft is currently running a promotion to all major airports for $5 flat rate. The coupon codes are below.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: FLYAUS
Burbank Bob Hope Airport: FLYBUR
Dallas Love Field: FLYDAL
Denver International Airport: FLYDEN
Indianapolis International Airport: FLYIND
John F. Kennedy International Airport: FLYJFK
LaGuardia Airport: FLYLGA
Memphis International Airport: FLYMEM
Nashville International Airport: FLYBNA
Oakland International Airport: FLYOAK
Philadelphia International Airport: FLYPHL
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: FLYPHX
Pittsburgh International Airport: FLYPIT
Portland International Airport: FLYPDX
Ronald Reagan National Airport: FLYDCA
San Diego International Airport: FLYSAN
San Francisco International Airport: FLYSFO
Santa Ana John Wayne Airport: FLYSNA
Washington Dulles International Airport: FLYIAD

To apply a coupon code, download or open the Lyft app. Tap the menu button in the upper left corner, then select ‘Payment.’ Enter the code, then request your ride.

Source: blog.lyft.com

Friday, August 7, 2015

Uber and its competitors - Comparison

Should Uber let rideshare users compare prices with its competitors?


Uber does not like to be in a marketplace. However there are some websites like uphail.com, rideguru from taxifarefinder and our own Zailoo that are in this space, that compares price and time estimates between all ridesharing options. It is only fair for the ridesharing consumers to be given options on what is the cheapest or the fastest option to get to their destination. Ridesharing in itself is a very disruptive industry that very few of other industries can claim to be in its status. To be fair to rideshare consumers, we hope Uber lets the consumers choose what's best for them. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Zailoo FAQ


1.What is Zailoo? 
Zailoo is a rideshare companion app that compares pricing and timing estimates between services like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Taxis.

2. When should I use Zailoo?
-When you would like to find the cheapest rideshare option to get to your destination
-When you would like to find the fastest rideshare option to get to your destination
- Avoid  surge pricing
- To see if you share the ride via services like LyftLine or Uberpool and pay only fraction of original fare.

3.Can I book a ride from Zailoo?
We are working on the feature and you should be able to book a ride from Zailoo itself.

4. Are there coupons for Uber or Lyft?
First time users can use the below codes.
Uber - zailoo20 
Lyft - zailoo20
No coupons for existing users.

5. Why are taxis included?
On very busy days, it is more economical to take a taxi, than a Uber/ Lyft. For instance, on new year eve's day it is cheaper to take a Taxi, than to take a Uber or Lyft surging at 8X rates.

6. Are tips included in the fare?
Tips are not included in the fare. 
 - Uber doesnot allow tipping
 - Lyft allows tipping but they are not included in the fare
- Likewise for taxis, tips are not included.

Download links for Zailoo app
Have questions? Please reach us at info at zailoo dot com