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Lyft pissed me off, and Uber had okay surge going on for one of the weekend nights, so I did more Uber on purpose. Here are my stats, naturally these are all pre-expense numbers I am quoting.

Uber
72 rides
3 cash tips
23 in app tips
36% of rides tipped me
2 paid cancellations
5 surges of 1.5 or higher (one was a 1.6x 45+)

Lyft
39 rides
4 cash tips
17 in app tips
54% of rides tipped me
2 paid cancels, one was a scheduled ride so it paid double
No bonuses of $5 or higher, but did complete one streak for $12

-One cash ride, with a tip
-One out-of-area return fee negotiated, I asked for $10 and she gave me $20.
-One ride that had a friend in it, they bought me a couple drinks, did not include that in my $ calculations.

I did not mark how much cash tips were from each company. So, excluding cash tips, Uber accounted for 67% of this week's income and Lyft accounted for 30%.

53.5 hours worked. Grossed $24.62 per hour, through good and bad.

784.5 miles driven. Grossed $1.68 per mile.
 

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Lyft pissed me off, and Uber had okay surge going on for one of the weekend nights, so I did more Uber on purpose. Here are my stats, naturally these are all pre-expense numbers I am quoting.

Uber
72 rides
3 cash tips
23 in app tips
36% of rides tipped me
2 paid cancellations
5 surges of 1.5 or higher (one was a 1.6x 45+)

Lyft
39 rides
4 cash tips
17 in app tips
54% of rides tipped me
2 paid cancels, one was a scheduled ride so it paid double
No bonuses of $5 or higher, but did complete one streak for $12

-One cash ride, with a tip
-One out-of-area return fee negotiated, I asked for $10 and she gave me $20.
-One ride that had a friend in it, they bought me a couple drinks, did not include that in my $ calculations.

I did not mark how much cash tips were from each company. So, excluding cash tips, Uber accounted for 67% of this week's income and Lyft accounted for 30%.

53.5 hours worked. Grossed $24.62 per hour, through good and bad.

784.5 miles driven. Grossed $1.68 per mile.
This is great info. Thanks! Can you include the days of the week you worked and the hours within those days? I ask because my gross per hour was $27.10 but my hours worked are only 30 yet my miles are 857. Yeah, a lot of deadheading because I'm working a very small window in the early morning. It's not possible to grab lucrative trips one after the other between 4:00-9:00am unless you drive back out of the airport and position yourself a fair distance away. At least that's my impression.
 

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I don't keep track of specific times, just how much time.

I avoid early morning airport runs. They can be lucrative but once you hit the airport then what? You are empty, along with 100 other drivers. Kind of like dropping off at Moda... you are stuck until you get far enough away that you can get a ping.

My most profitable time was Fri and Sat. I go until anywhere between 11 and 3am.

If I didn't work Sunday my per hour would have been closer to the $27.

To answer your Q: I start any day as early as 10 or 11am. Sun-thurs I go until 6-9pm. Fri and Sat I go until 11-3, just depends.

On weekdays, if I get a ride anywhere close to my house anytime after 3pm, I stop. I loathe rush hour traffic, it kills the averages and is bad for my tolerance and attitude.
 

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Yeah, I think I’m doing the best I can during the hours I work. I just always assume that there’s some yet undiscovered strategy that could improve my numbers but since I have to start early and then finish early to get home to my kids, I can’t hope to score much more than I am. I’ve definitely started using the destination filters to try and minimize random low-value commuters and single-star rating for repeat non-tipping commuters.
 

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Again, in such a short window of opportunity, I’m forced to gamble on longer runs to pick up high rated pax that I too often mistakenly profile as airport runs. You know, pax is rated 5.0 12 minutes away but goes to barista job 1.7 miles from home. Truth be told, most go to the airport. That’s why my mileage is so high for 30 hours and $813.
 

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Again, in such a short window of opportunity, I'm forced to gamble on longer runs to pick up high rated pax that I too often mistakenly profile as airport runs. You know, pax is rated 5.0 12 minutes away but goes to barista job 1.7 miles from home. Truth be told, most go to the airport. That's why my mileage is so high for 30 hours and $813.
You and I are really close in earnings/hr as well. $865 in 32 hours for me, so a little over $27/hr. 890 miles that include dead miles to home.

I do the early morning casino and airport runs, staring around 4am, done by noon-1:00pm
 
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