Over the last few weeks, prices at the pump have increased all across the world, and for Dashers who deliver by car, this economic reality presents unique and unprecedented challenges. We know that DoorDash needs to take steps to continue to make every dash worth doing, so we’ve taken time to listen to and consider feedback from the Dasher Community Council on how we can best support Dashers through this crisis and help alleviate rising costs.
Today, we’re announcing a Gas Rewards program based on that feedback and aimed at offsetting the elevated gas prices, while helping Dashers preserve their earning potential. Dashers who qualify for both rewards could receive anywhere between $1.65 and $2.00 per gallon.
We estimate that when combined, these two relief efforts should help offset the effects of increased prices at the pump. These relief programs will be in place at least through April, and we’ll continue to monitor gas prices, listen to the Dasher community, and seek feedback as we evolve these programs and explore additional resources in the coming weeks and months.
Based on completing weekly orders totaling 175 miles in a motor vehicle. Gas prices vary by location, estimate based on AAA national average as of March 15, 2022 (source)
“These new programs will give me significant support right now,” said Vanessa H., a Dasher from Los Angeles, California. “The ability to save at any gas station, no matter where you are, is huge. And this won’t just help Dashers when they are dashing–I commute five times a week as a grad student, and getting cash back at the pump is going to be a big relief and really help me make ends meet.”
Our mission is to empower local economies and that begins with serving our Dasher, merchant, and customer community as best we can. Throughout the pandemic and especially with recent inflation, millions of people around the globe have sought opportunities to flexibly earn supplemental income with DoorDash, including 3 million Americans in the fourth quarter of 2021 and over 6 million in all of 2021. We want to ensure that these earning opportunities remain accessible and viable for all, and we believe these relief measures will help keep the most money possible in Dashers’ pockets.
*The 10% cash back reward will begin March 17, 2022, at which point Dashers will be able to earn 10% cash back on gas purchases at any U.S. station.
**Per-gallon savings are calculated based on a Dasher completing orders in a motor vehicle with mileage totaling between 100 and 225 miles in a week, based on what’s shown in the Dasher app when orders are presented, and assuming the average 2020 US vehicle fuel efficiency of 25.4 miles per gallon (source). Actual per-gallon savings may vary based on miles driven, individual car fuel efficiency, and driving habits.