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Lyft FLEX Shared

Lyft FLEX Shared Program

UC San Diego Transportation Services partners with Lyft to offer another option to meet your transportation needs! To complement existing alternative commuting programs, students, staff and faculty can purchase Lyft FLEX Shared credits and receive a 20% bonus — $60 worth of ride credit for just $50. Better yet, with these Lyft Shared credits, you’ll pay fares up to 60% less for agreeing to share your Lyft with another passenger. (Note that ride times with Lyft Shared are typically a few minutes longer than with a solo Lyft ride.)


All career faculty and staff and students who have paid quarterly registration fees are eligible for the Lyft FLEX Shared program. UC San Diego Extension students and visiting scholars are not eligible.

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Purchase Lyft FLEX Shared Credits

$60 Lyft FLEX Shared Credit Package = $50 (20% bonus)

Purchase Lyft FLEX Shared credits online or in Commuter and Visitor Information Centers with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or student account. Lyft FLEX Shared credit sales resume Fall Quarter on October 1, 2019.  


  • Eligible customers can purchase up to four Lyft FLEX Shared packages with this special 20% bonus.
  • Lyft Shared credits are non-transferable and non-refundable. You forfeit any unused credits after the expiration date.

Using Lyft FLEX Shared

 Lyft app

  1. At the end of your Lyft FLEX Shared purchase, you will receive a Lyft code on your receipt along with a confirmation email sent to your address.
    • New Lyft Users: Download the Lyft app for iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. You will be asked to enter your mobile phone number and you will be prompted to create an account. Use your email address.
    • Existing Lyft Users: Make sure to update to the latest version of the app. Follow the instructions to activate your Lyft FLEX Shared credits and link your email address to your existing Lyft account by adding it on the Lyft app Settings menu. 
  2. Verify your email address.
  3. Enter the Lyft code provided on your purchase receipt using the Lyft app Promos menu.
    • If you didn’t receive your email receipt with your Lyft FLEX Shared purchase code, contact Transportation Services at
  4. Once you enter the code, the Lyft FLEX Shared credits will be activated and applied automatically to your account.
    • You can verify your balance in the Lyft app.
    • Credits will automatically apply to any Lyft Shared rides you take during Fall Quarter 2019.
    • Once you activate your account, make sure you request Lyft rides and your account is set to Personal mode.
  5. Use your credits by Dec. 31, 2019.

Ride Cost

See a Lyft fare estimate.

Safety Tips

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  • Pair up by traveling with a friend.
  • Verify your driver and vehicle. Once you have requested a Lyft ride, you can view the driver’s rating. When your ride arrives, make sure the driver’s photo, license plate number and vehicle description match. Never take a ride you did not request or get into a car that doesn't match the details the Lyft app provides.
  • Share your estimated arrival time by using the Lyft “share your ETA” function that allows you to invite friends to see your trip in real-time. The app will draft a text message that you can share with friends that includes your ETA and a link to a live map that allows them to track your trip. You can also call a friend or family member and stay on the phone while you’re in the vehicle.


Contact the Gilman or Osler Commuter and Visitor Information Center.