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Five tips for a quicker, cheaper Uber or Lyft on the night before Thanksgiving

Five tips for a quicker, cheaper Uber or Lyft on the night before Thanksgiving

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest drinking night of the year, resulting in high demand on rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft.

To save time and money on your ride to and from the bar or to catch up with friends and family, we gathered tips from experts:

Plan to leave early — or stay late.

Uber requests in Baltimore on Thanksgiving Eve generally spike from 8 to 10 p.m., then again about 1 a.m., company spokesman Bill Gibbons said. The ensuing surge pricing entices thousands of drivers hit the streets of the city to make additional money, he said.

But surge pricing can exponentially increase the cost of a ride on...

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