I just submitted this to the Lyft help desk:
I can't wait to see what they say!It is a well-known fact that the Lyft app algorithms work against a driver who is eligible for power driver bonuses in several different ways. Here are a couple:
1. Deprioritization: as a power driver bonus eligible driver, the Lyft app deprioritises me during peak hours to ensure that I will never reach the number of peak rides required to hit the bonus, and will prioritize drivers with cars older than 2011 who are not eligible for power driver bonus during those hours.
2. Determent: the Lyft app will discourage me from accepting the few rides it does send me during peak hours by sending me rides no driver in their right mind would want to accept. For example, I can be sitting in the middle of a 200% Prime Time Zone, as I was tonight, and rather than send me a ride nearby in that red hot Prime Time Zone, the Lyft app will send me a ride far outside of the Prime Time Zone with little to no markup on the price, in hopes that I will either expend a significant quantity of time to get to the pickup location and lower than number of rides I can do during peak hours, or that I will merely not accept the ride, and in doing so, my acceptance rate will drop below the 90% required for power driver bonus.
In addition to the above, Lyft continues to raise the number of required rides to qualify for the bonus, rendering it unattainable. In light of all this, I was wondering if it would be possible to disable power driver bonus eligibility on my driver account in order to be treated more fairly by the Lyft app algorithm when it is making decisions on which rides to send to which drivers. I would appreciate a response on this at your earliest convenience.