From San Francisco to Chicago to Philadelphia, drivers across the nation are working hard delivering food orders for Caviar.
We want to know how your driving experience has been going so far.
It could be going great for you.
You’re busier than ever and the hefty paychecks are rolling in week after week.
On the other hand, you could be new to the game, still learning the ropes, and the paychecks haven’t been what you expected thus far.
Perhaps you’re smack dab in the middle of these two scenarios and you’ve been working for a few months but you’re still struggling to make the earnings you think you deserve.
Whatever your situation might be, we can all agree that a fatter paycheck sounds pretty great.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at how you can maximize your earnings delivering food as a Caviar courier.
After, you’ll be equipped with several tips to start padding your pockets with extra cash.
Caviar Referral Code
Caviar referral codes are unique codes that you can share with new and prospective drivers to receive a bonus on your paycheck.
Caviar referral bonuses typically offer drivers $50 if they refer a friend and that friend successfully completes 50 deliveries for Caviar.
One of the best ways to earn more as a Caviar courier is to share a referral code with someone who is thinking about signing up to drive for Caviar.
It’s extremely easy and pretty much takes zero effort.
The only thing you need to do is copy and paste a unique code for your friend to use during the application process.
The important thing to remember is that the driver you’re referring successfully applies, completes their first delivery, and thereafter completes 50 deliveries.
Otherwise, you won’t be paid your bonus.
After the driver checks the box on these requirements, you’ll see the additional bump in your paycheck.
Depending on the city you’re in and the demand for drivers, referral codes aren’t always offered to drivers.
To verify if your city is currently honoring driver referral codes, use your courier mobile app.
We’ll show you how you can find and share your unique referral code so you can make an extra 50 bucks.
How to Send a Referral Code
The unique referral link that you can share with new drivers is located within the profile section of your courier app.
Follow these simple steps to share your referral code with a friend.
First, open your delivery app and navigate to the profile section.
If your region is eligible to receive a referral bonus, you’ll see a “Refer Friends, Get $50” link at the top of the screen.
After you tap on the link, you’ll be given your unique referral code.
You can then choose the best way to deliver your code to your friend.
You can either copy the link yourself or you can send your referral code via text, email, or other messaging apps.
It’s important that you use this exact code and not another code found online.
Remember, you’ll only be compensated if this exact code is used during the application process.
How to Apply a Referral Code
In order for you to receive your bonus, the person you referred must remember to use the code when applying to become a driver.
At the very first step of the application process, the applicant will be given the option to paste in a referral code at the bottom of the form.
To give your friend an extra helping hand, you can even direct them to the Caviar application page.
Since we’re in an extra giving kind of mood, you can even forward them this guide to becoming a Caviar courier.
The last step of the process is making sure your friend successfully signs up and begins driving for Caviar.
A mere 50 deliveries is a feat that is easily attainable, as we’re sure you’re completely aware of.
Other Tips For Increasing Caviar Pay
In addition to the Caviar courier referral codes, there are a few other driving tips you can use to increase your next paycheck.
Peak Hour Pay
A great way to make more money driving for Caviar is to schedule your shifts during peak hours.
If you decide to drive during the busiest times, you’ll receive Peak Hour Pay which is a percentage-based bonus that’s added on to each delivery fare you complete.
To give you an example, if you schedule your next driving shift during a Peak Hour Pay period, you can earn an additional percentage on each delivery.
This bonus varies depending on the city, time of day, and demand of drivers, but can be anywhere from 10 to 40 percent and sometimes even more than that.
To schedule your next shift during peak hours, you need to first open your app and navigate to your profile information.
From there you can tap on the “Manage Schedule” link.
Next, you should select the day that you want to schedule.
At this point, you’ll be able to see the times that offer Peak Hour Pay.
Peak hours will be marked with nominal green percentages, like “+38%” or “+21%” that’s shown in the screenshot below.
While scheduling your shifts ahead of time gives you an idea of when Peak Hour Pay is in effect, you don’t need to schedule your shifts to receive these bonuses.
All drivers are eligible to receive Peak Hour Pay regardless of if they scheduled their shift or not.
Also, to see the extra earnings you received due to the bonus, you’ll be able to see the breakdown in your order details as two separate line items — “Base Pay” and “Bonus.”
Milestone bonuses reward great drivers for driving often and maintaining high acceptance rates.
In a way, they’re challenges that drivers can complete to receive an extra bump in their paycheck.
Milestone incentives will vary and are offered to drivers based on certain delivery criteria like a certain number of deliveries completed, drop off location, their vehicle type, or acceptance rate.
The two different types of milestone incentives that drivers can receive are as follows:
- Ongoing Milestones: These are continuous challenges that aren’t completed until a specific date, at which point you’ll be paid.
- Example: “$150 bonus for completing 250 assignments in October.”
- One Day Milestones: These are one-day challenges that you complete to receive a payout within a few hours.
- Example: “$5 bonus for every two assignments completed between 45th and 56th Street. Monday to Friday ONLY.”
To see the current milestone incentives that are available, you need to open your app and head to your profile information.
Once there you should scroll down and tap on the “Milestones” link.
You’ll then be shown the current milestone bonuses that are available.
This is also where you can go to track the current progress of the challenges and bonuses you’re working towards.
While choosing to drive during peak hours and completing milestone bonuses are excellent proactive things you can do to earn more, sometimes you may find yourself on the defensive.
Every once in a while you’re going to get stuck with a parking ticket that you’ll have to pay.
The good news is that you aren’t completely on your own in these scenarios.
Assistance With Parking Tickets
Most drivers don’t know that Caviar will help out with the occasional parking ticket that you receive.
If you’re eligible to receive parking ticket assistance, Caviar will make an adjustment to your paycheck to help cover your legal fees.
It’s important to note that parking ticket assistance is not available in every city and cannot be applied to all of your parking tickets.
Only parking tickets that were incurred during your shift at pick-up and drop-off locations will be covered.
Also, once you receive an adjustment for your first ticket, you must complete 100 deliveries before receiving another adjustment on a new parking ticket.
Lastly, you’re still responsible for taking care of your ticket and sending in your payment in whatever form the ticket requires.
Caviar also states that it’s up to their discretion for each ticket and they won’t cover any late fees, so make sure you get everything squared up as soon as possible.
If you received a ticket while driving for Caviar, you might as well reach out to Caviar to receive some extra compensation.
You can head to the Caviar parking ticket page for additional information and how you can contact Caviar to begin the process.
Additional Tips to Save
Beyond just focusing on ways that you can earn more while driving, you can also look for ways to save as a Caviar customer.
Sure, you’re an independent contractor of Caviar, but who’s to say you can’t be a loyal customer and receive discounts and referral bonuses from helping new customers sign up?
One way to save money on your next order from your favorite restaurant is to refer a friend to be a customer of Caviar.
So how does the referral program work?
After you complete your first order on Caviar, you can find your unique referral code in your account settings on your Caviar app.
Here you will see a “Refer Friends” link that you can send to your friend.
Once they receive your referral code, they can apply it to their first purchase on Caviar.
Since you sent them your code, they’ll receive a sign-up bonus that will give them money off their order.
After they complete their order, you’ll also receive a bonus that you can use on your next delivery order from one of your favorite local restaurants.
Another way to save money as a Caviar customer is to use a Caviar promo code or coupon code.
These codes can be used to receive money off an order, however, they’re typically geared towards new customers.
Start Earning More
Caviar is an excellent food delivery service to earn money on your own terms.
It’s a flexible source of employment where you can play by your own rules and be your own boss.
These tips should help you pad your pockets and start receiving a little more on your next paycheck.
If you’re eager to earn more and try your hand at other delivery companies, we have a wide range of guides covering everything you need to know about driving for Uber Eats, Postmates, and DoorDash.
At the end of the day, you should keep all of your options open and test out other services to figure out which ones help you make the most money possible.
We wish you luck in your quest to maximize your driver earnings.