About 2 year(s) ago by Hotel Costa Mesa, CA - Forget taxis and buses, and not to mention walking too! The next big transportation guru is here, Lyft, "Your Friend with a Car!" It's time to say goodbye to awkward cab rides and stuffy buses and hello to easy, reliable transportation! What is Lyft? Lyft is essentially a friend with a car! This service is very similar to a taxi service, however, instead of what feels like a very impersonal ride to the movie theater or your favorite dive bar, you're greeted with a fist bump and even welcomed to ride in the front seat of the car. Request your favorite song, enjoy a complimentary water bottle and enjoy the journey to your favorite destination with just the click of a button! How Do You Summon Your Ride?It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! You can start by downloading the app "Lyft", which is compatible for both Android and Apple phones. Lyft will then ask for you to create an account, or simply sign up via Facebook. Upon creating your account, you will then be asked for various information such information, including your credit card number. Lyft adds simplicity to the ride process by syncing this information with the app, therefore you will not have to worry about paying with a card or cash, or even tipping at the end of your journey. Soon after your user profile has been created, a map will appear on your screen displaying your exact location as well as nearby Lyft Drivers. Just below the map, a big green button will appear that reads "Request Lyft". By simply tapping this button, your Lyft driver will immediately receive your request and just minutes later make his or her way to your doorway. This app will also display your driver's estimated time of arrival, vehicle information and even a photo, so that you always know who you're riding with! That being said, the signature "pink mustache" makes it hard to miss your ride. How Do You Pay? Remember how simple it was to Request a Lyft? Well paying for your ride is just as simple, if not simpler. Paying for your ride is literally a click away, using the credit card information you entered upon creating your account. When the ride ends, Lyft securely charges payment from your saved credit card. Say goodbye to carrying cash! How Safe Is It? Well that's certainly a fair question seeing as that in this day and age, we have to think twice about swiping our credits cards at the local Target. Lyft makes safety a priority for both the commuter and the driver. The Driver is never given access to information for the rider and correspondingly, the driver is never given personal information that does not pertain to the ride. Because you're payment syncs solely through the app, the driver never has access to payment information either. Lyft also allows you rate your experience while using this service, so for the rare occasion you did not enjoy the ride, you will never be matched with him or her as a driver again. So what's the catch? Well, it is safe to say that there is no catch! For a limited time only, take advantage of our special offer and ask our front desk team how you can earn a $25 Lyft credit towards a ride when you sign up as a new member. Enjoy the ride!