How To Pick Up Passengers At The Airport?
Tonight is my first night working the airport. I’m between LAX and John Wayne. Lax is usually pretty full in the queue so I chose to start out at John Wayne airport hoping to have a low wait time between rides. I didn’t pay attention to the lyft tutorial so I kind of had to figure out how it all worked on my own.
The Airport Queue
I didn’t know what to expect at first, I thought there was maybe a dedicated parking lot on the airport property but then I noticed this boundry and figured out how the lyft airport queue actually works.
Anywhere inside the blue border puts you in the queue to pick up a passenger at the airport. It’s a nice radius around the airport and gives you lots of places to park and wait. The Lyft queue is first in and first out. If you leave the queue area then you have 5 minutes to return or you will lose your place in the queue.
It’s best to find something to do while you wait, I’m writing this post as I am waiting for another ride. Just watching the queue can be boring and makes the time seem to go by much slower.
It’s My Turn
When it’s your turn to pick up a passenger you will be notified in the same way as you are for a regular pickup. Accept the ride and you are on your way. At John Wayne airport it is really easy. The lyft app will tell you what terminal and what column number the passenger will be waiting at.
Confirm your pick up and you are on your way.
My first pick up was kinda shaky, it was my first time at the airport and I wasn’t sure how to exit. Instead of doing the right thing and just tell the guy that I needed some help and that it was my first airport ride, I decided to hope that my gps would guide me out of there. I ended up stuck, circling around the airport again because I missed the airport exit. It only took another 30 seconds to get around again but I felt pretty stupid at that point. Luckily the passenger was understanding once I admitted that it was my first time here working lyft at John Wayne.
Just about time for my next ride….. I’ll let you know how it goes. The first trip got me $9.77, hopefully this next one pays me a little more. If not then I don’t know if the wait is really worth it. I seem to get ride after ride in Los Angeles county and I think my time may be better spend working that way. I don’t even want to think about the wait for that LAX queue. On top of all of that, I don’t think there is any type of prime time incentives at the airport so you are getting base fares with every ride. I personally like the possibility of being able to potentially make more money with prime time rides.
So my second trip from John Wayne airport gave me $5.00
Bringing my total earnings to $14.77 for 2 hours and 16 minutes.
I don’t think airport rides are for me. I can easily do 2 short $5 rides in an hour without prime time. If you have a lot of time to kill then go ahead and work the airports. Without any incentives it’s just not worth it. When picking up from the airport, lyft and uber should charge the same fare a taxi charges.
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