Grab a $20 Credit from Lyft through the End of June!

Lyft New Logo

Update: New users can receive a free $10 credit when you sign up through a friend.

Lyft is Boston’s newest car-sharing app, which allows you to get picked up by a friendly driver with a touch of a button via smartphone. Lyft just expanded to Boston and is currently offering a $20 credit for new users when you use promo code BOSBUDGET valid for the month of June!

This past weekend I downloaded the app, and went out on the town and gave Lyft a try! Here’s a few things that I liked and learned about Lyft through my experience, and first a few things to note when setting up an account:

  • Lyft is available for download on iPhones and Android phones
  • Link your Facebook account with Lyft to create a profile (Must use Facebook for an account)
  • You must upload your credit card information when you set-up an account
  • Below the credit card line is the promo code line where you can enter BOSBUDGET promo code (I missed it the first time around, but was able to add a promo code a few minutes later no problem)

I’m not going to lie: I didn’t like the fact that my only option was signing up with my Facebook account at first. I like to keep my personal Facebook personal as much as possible. However, Lyft didn’t post anything to my Facebook page, which was nice. I did notice that my driver was able to see my Facebook picture, and I received a confirmation e-mail through the same e-mail my Facebook account is signed up with, which was fine by me.

I signed up for an account on Lyft before leaving my place, and it only took a few minutes to set up an account. Requesting a ride from Lyft was even quicker and easier than setting up an account. Here’s how to get a ride home from Lyft after the account is created:

  • Open Lyft App, and it will show your current location
  • Hit request Lyft at the bottom
  • It will ask: Confirm Lyft Request and hit yes (only if you are ready for the ride)
  • Your ride is on its way!

Once I hit yes, I received a picture of my driver and the driver’s car to look for. The time estimation was there as well as the exact location of the driver on the map so we could track the progress. (It took 7 minutes for us). We saw our driver come around the corner and I received a text from Lyft letting me know he had arrived right when he pulled up! We hoped into the car, and I sat in the front seat. It was such a nice and easy way to get home from the bar (er, I mean the Art Gallery) on a Saturday night. Oh, and, my driver was awesome. I felt like I was chatting with a friend and not a cabbie.

The rates for Lyft work on a time/mileage formula that isn’t advertised so I was a little unsure what the exact rate for my trip would be since Lyft prides themselves on being cheaper than a Taxi. Lyft also works as a suggested donation so you do not have to pay the rate it is suggested, especially if you feel like service did not coincide with suggested rate. All payment is made directly through the credit card linked to the account, and you are charged after you ride. No cash is needed or exchange of money with the driver. I received a bill with my suggested donation pretty quickly once exiting my ride, and then received a receipt after I paid my bill with a click or two. I think that’s how it worked, like I said, I visited the Art Gallery that night, so my memory is a little blurry… from all that beautiful artwork, ya know.

I took Lyft pretty far since I wanted to experiment and see how far $20 could get me. I went about 10-11 miles (during a low traffic time) and my suggested donation was $26.00, before my $20 credit. $6.00 to travel 10-something miles and get in my bed in half the time had I taken the MBTA home. Score.

The free $20 credit is good until the end of June with promo code BOSBUDGET. As you can tell from my adventure, $20 should get you pretty far. If you don’t use the entire credit, you can also use it towards your next ride!

I was really impressed with Lyft. I was a little weary a first with setting up the account with Facebook, but that was the hardest part, which wasn’t too hard. I really enjoyed “hailing” Lyft with my app and had a great ride home. I hope you have a chance to try it!

What do you think? Have you tried Lyft before? Will you try Lyft in the future!?

Disclosure: I received credit from Lyft and decided to try Lyft before sharing the $20 promo code with you. All thoughts and opinions of Lyft are my own.


Celeste-A-Thon on Monday, May 13th Trimming to Raise Funds


If you need a haircut or some beauty treatments done, please consider doing so next Monday, May 13th. On 5/13/13 there will be a Celeste-A-Thon to support Celeste and her daughter Sydney who were severely injured at the Marathon. Celeste has been a stylist on Newbury Street for several years and her salon as well as many in the area are cutting hair to raise funds for Celeste and her family!

Please click here to find a participating salon and for more information. Many of the Salons & Spas are donating 100% of the proceeds, so it’s a great day to get a haircut, especially if you frequent a salon on the list anyway!

Thanks, Boston Bachelorette for the blog post inspiration.

Free Meter Parking in the Back Bay through April 28, 2013!


Yesterday Mayor Menino announced free meter parking in the Back Bay through Sunday, April 28, 2013 to encourage people to return and support Boylston Street shops and restaurants. The free parking will be from Arlington Street to Mass Ave, as well as meter spots adjacent to the Public Gardens.

So return Back to the Back Bay, grab a free meter parking spot, and use the money saved on parking to tip your server a little extra this weekend, and then some if you can swing it.

To find a list of the open and closed restaurants in the Back Bay, please click here.


Day of Prayer and Healing

Boston Strong

Wow, what a crazy and emotional week it has been; and it hasn’t even been a full week yet since Monday’s tragedy. I saw this note on my twitter feed this morning from Mayor Menino’s office and wanted to share it. The title of the letter is: Day of Prayer and Healing, which inspired the title of my blog post. Let’s take care of ourselves, reflect on this crazy week, and never forget those we lost & hurt, and those who kept us safe this week.

For those needing a little extra support this week, the staff from the Public Health Commission will be able today from 10-2pm at 617-534-5050 for counseling as well as Monday-Friday 9-5pm. The Red Cross also has a disaster hotline at 1-800-985-5990.

Hope everyone has a better week, and take care of yourselves.

Be Safe and Thank You

I have postponed the round-up of weekend fun because I’m not sure what events will and will not be taking place this weekend. There is a chance I won’t be posting the weekend fun this weekend in and around Boston, but I am hopeful I will. I think we all need some weekend fun after this week.

Boston Be SafeAlso, thank you to law enforcement and everyone involved in this investigation for keeping us safe, and working long and hard hours to do so. Please stay safe and again, thank you.

Boston Spirit Day on Friday, 4/19/13: Show (and Wear) your Boston Pride!

Boston Spirit Day

Tomorrow is the actual Patriots Day where the first battles of the American Revolutionary War took place on April 19, 1775. This a great day to show your Boston pride and spirit with Boston Spirit Day!

Whip out those Red Sox hats, Boston t-shirts, Patriots sweatshirts, or any apparel that reminds you of Boston whether it is sport related, school related or just plain Boston.

Wear your Boston Spirit for Boston Spirit Day on Friday, 4/19/13 and show that you are Boston Strong and Boston Proud!

For more information about this great event, please check out the Facebook event page.


Free Rides to Boston Hospitals if you need one from Uber Boston

Uber posted this on their website here yesterday:

“We realize that getting around Boston is not easy right now – Uber will be providing up to two free rides on Uber Black, SUV, or UBERx for each user to and from the following hospitals through Wednesday, April 24th:

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • Carney Hospital

There’s no need to enter a promo code – a discount of up to $40 will apply automatically. We hope this will make the commute easier for medical workers, ease travel plans for friends and family, and enable those that have lent their assistance the past couple of days to attend services around Boston”.

Hopefully you don’t and won’t need a ride to the hospital, but the service is there if you need one.