Lyft is essentially the same as Uber but offers fewer pricing options and has a smaller fleet (though many drivers in NYC are registered with both apps). Much like rooting for the Mets, taking Lyft often means supporting the underdog for reasons you can’t really explain.
Pro: It’s pretty easy to find a promotion code online that gives you a small sign-up credit (usually about $15).
Con: The showbiz-sounding euphemism for surge pricing is “Prime Time,” and “Lyft Line,” the ride-share option, charges a flat fee that is usually 60 percent less than the cost of riding in an actual Lyft.
Pro: Since pretty much no one uses Lyft Line, you can often get a discounted ride without actually having to share—sweet while it lasts.