The battle between Uber and Lyft is nothing new — the two platforms are natural rivals, fighting to get one step ahead and get customers to ride with their service. Only expect that to intensify once Uber joins Lyft as a publicly-traded company.
The differences between Uber and Lyft are minimal at this point, since the platforms are constantly mimicking each other's best assets — sort of like Snapchat and Instagram — to try to one-up each other.
However, there are a few key ways in which the two services differ, so be advised before you call your next ride.
Here's how two of the most popular ride-hailing app, Uber and Lyft, compare:
Uber calls its shared-ride service "Pool," while Lyft is simply "shared." Meanwhile, the standard ride option on Uber is called "UberX," while Lyft just calls it..."Lyft."
This is another case where the two companies have different nomenclatures: Uber XL calls a moderately-priced SUV, Uber Black is for a luxury car, and Uber Black SUV calls for a high-end SUV.
Lyft, meanwhile, offers Lyft XL for an SUV, Lyft Lux Black for a black car, and Lyft Lux Black XL for a luxury SUV.
Source: Business Insider
However, I'd suggest just calling or texting your driver directly, if you're comfortable with it: Most are flexible, in my experience, and will work with you to get back your item outside of the app.
Uber also has special offers if you pay at certain local restaurants and businesses with a credit card you have linked to the app. Check the Uber app for details on which establishments are included, and which credit cards are eligible for the offer.