Lyft Riders Can Now Get Free Taco Bell on Their Drunk Ride Home

Great news here.

If you’re like me, few things are as satisfying when you’re blind drunk at 2am like Taco Bell. It does the body right. Well, if you Lyft it home, you can now get FREE, yes free, Taco Bell. Here’s more from AdWeek:

Taco Bell and Lyft are teaming up to offer users of the rideshare app a free Doritos Locos Taco if they take a short detour via one of the fast-food chain’s drive-thrus. Called Taco Mode, the program lives as an in-app option for Lyft passengers and will debut in Orange County, Calif., from July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6 before expanding later this year and rolling out nationwide during 2018.

This allows Lyft to test out its platform as a marketing avenue for big brands, particularly quick-serve players, as it looks to build out revenue streams. It’s something CEO Logan Green has been talking about for a few years.

Second, Taco Bell is immensely popular among college-age consumers, so the deal may help Lyft battle rival Uber for that coveted demo. (It’s worth noting that Uber has recently inked an agreement with McDonald’s to deliver to customers. So ridesharing and quick-serve companies seem to be increasingly working together.)

Thirdly, Taco Bell is employing the decades-old loss-leader strategy with the giveaway. After all, what person is going to take the time—10-to-15 minutes, likely—to pull over for a single taco? Of course, they’ll probably order more menu items and serve up a nice profit margin to Taco Bell on the transaction.

I used to order $19 of Taco Bell for myself drunk (do you know how hard it is to spend $19 at Taco Bell for just yourself?) only to go home and fall asleep mid-bite, covered in wrappers, food, and packets of hot sauce. I would then wake up at 6am and eat it cold. If you don’t do this you probably don’t know what a good time is.

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