3 Tips to Maximize Time in the Airport Queue
Heading to the airport to cash in on some long distance rides?
Sounds great, but unfortunately, you and 60 other people had the same idea this
So, what’s the best way to maximize your earnings
without blowing all your time and energy? Patience, young grasshopper. We got you. Follow these 3 quick tips on how to best maximize your time when waiting in the
rideshare airport queue.
1.) Know Before You Go. When you open your Uber and Lyft driver apps,
scan the map of your nearest airport and look for the icons that let you know the amount of
available rideshare cars at the airport or an estimated wait
time for a ride request. A great rule of thumb here is that for every 50
cars you can expect a 30-40 minute wait for a request. Think of it like calling the restaurant an hour
before you want to eat to find out the wait times before you put your name in for a
Take a look at this screenshot (on the right) from the Lyft driver app for the
current wait times at the Philadelphia Airport on a Monday afternoon @ 2:00 pm.
Uber, on the other hand, has a nifty “re-match feature,” which allows you to get
paired with a passenger right away (without having to go to the waiting lot) once you complete a drop off at
the airport. You can learn more about Uber’s Re-Match feature (in PHL) here.
2.) Maximize Your Time Before You Commit to Waiting.
Another quick tip on how to best maximize your time when waiting in the rideshare airport queue is to be
mindful of the airport drop-off. If you drop off a passenger at the
airport, always check the wait times and how many cars are in the airport queue, before you leave, to see if
it’s worth the wait. After all, time is money!
3.) Queue Your Entrance. Ok, so you’ve decided to bite
the bullet and join the airport queue, now what? Start by using your time wisely by giving your car a
break, clean out your car from your last passenger, use the restroom or even catch up on the latest blogs
posts from yours truly. Also, take advantage of the time by talking to other rideshare drivers about
their best tips and tricks. Nothing beats a bit of camaraderie with veteran drivers in the airport queue.
It’s a great opportunity to learn from more experienced road warriors, so start chatting it up!
We’d love to hear from you! What are some of your best tips for rideshare at
the airport? Any listed here you’ll be trying?
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