Tinder is rolling out a feature in partnership with Lyft that lets members purchase rides for their matches – to and from dates.
As previously teased in March, Tinder is now partnering with ride-hailing company Lyft to offer an in-app option that lets Tinder users send their matches Lyft rides to and from dates. The feature is now available to Tinder subscribers as a way to “get back to making IRL connections” and “make a great first impression.”
Subscribers can find the option in the Explore hub, where they can purchase one-way or round-trip ride credits and share them with their matches. They won’t, of course, have access to the other person’s address, but they will be able to set the date, location, time, and value of the credit they want to purchase.
The recipient will receive a link on their phone or email and will have the option to either accept or decline the offer.
Credits can only be used for drop-offs within a half-mile of a set destination, meaning the ride can only drop your date off at your chosen date location and not on the other side of town. Finally, both sender and recipient will need to have a Lyft account to use the feature – but they can always create one if needed.
Tinder describes the new feature as a “thoughtful gesture while promoting personal safety for those ready to ‘get back out there’ after way too many months inside.”
If the match refuses the gift – or if they only use part of it – the sender receives a full refund. However, if a recipient uses the free Lyft credit and does not show up at the date, the sender will not be able to claim a refund.
But that’s probably one of the ways in which going back to IRL dating can make us refocus on becoming more streetsmart and know better next time we swipe left.
Featured image: Tinder
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