New Year’s Eve is almost upon us and that means there will be a lot of people needing a safe ride home Monday night and Sunday morning.
Because New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year for rideshares and taxi services alike, getting home safely can get expensive. Luckily, there are ways to help offset that surcharge. Here are the best discounts we found to help you get home safe and sound after your night on the town without breaking the bank.
Dublin + Central Ohio Safe Ride + Lyft partnership
The City of Dublin, Central Ohio Safe Ride and Lyft are partnering to offer riders a discount worth up to $10 for any ride within Dublin city limits. Use the promo code DUBNYE18 in the Lyft app. This offer is valid all day on Dec. 31 through 2am on Wednesday, Jan. 2 and riders must be dropped off or picked up in Dublin for the code to work.
Lyft has not responded to queries about New Year’s Eve discounts outside of Dublin, but if you’re a new Lyft rider, you can save with promo codes. You can also save by using their rider referral program when someone uses your referral code on their first Lyft ride. Tap or click here for more information.
If the promo codes or rider referral program don’t work for you, you can also avoid surge pricing by scheduling a pickup in advance. Doing so locks in a price for you based on what Lyft estimates the demand will be at your scheduled pickup time.
Quick Taxi Columbus
Quick Taxi Columbus is offering 15% off fares until Jan. 5. They provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you don’t have to worry about when you leave the party. You can even make a reservation. Tap or click here to learn more.
Uber is not offering any discounts or promo codes specifically for New Year’s Eve, but there are a few ways you can still save some money. You can refer new users to Uber with their Rider Referral Program and get ride credits for each new user that uses your referral code. American Express, Uber Visa and Citi Double Cash cardholders can also earn ride credits, points and discounts when the cards are used for the Uber payment method.
As always, new Uber users can get a highly discounted ride with new rider promo codes. Tap or click here for the codes.
If none of the above methods work for you, you can try walking to a less busy area because surge pricing is typically concentrated on a particular area. You can also compare the different levels of service Uber provides, so if Uber X is surging, you may still get a cheaper ride in a higher-tiered service like UberSelect.
Yellow Cab Columbus
While not offering discounts, this locally-owned cab service tells NBC4 the benefit to riding with them is no surge pricing, so the cost is the same as it always is.
Check with the bar
Many bars offer vouchers for taxi services on New Year’s Eve, so if none of the above options work for you, make sure to check with the staff at the event you’re attending. It’s better to get home safely than to risk driving buzzed.