Is DoorDash busy on Valentine’s Day? The answer is yes. According to DoorDash’s own data, Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest holidays of the year for DoorDash food delivery.
Of course, simply being busy isn’t the only thing to consider. Will other Dashers be working? Are restaurants going to be on their game or will they be slow or fall behind? Will you make the most money working on Valentine’s Day compared to working on other days?
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the question of whether DoorDash is busy on Valentine’s Day and consider the best times to work if you’re looking to Dash on Valentine’s Day.
Is DoorDash Busy On Valentine’s Day?
As previously noted, DoorDash is generally busy on Valentine’s Day. It makes sense when you think about it. While many couples may go out for a Valentine’s Day dinner, many others will stay home and either cook their own meal or order a nice meal delivered to their door.
According to DoorDash, Valentine’s Day is one of their 10 busiest holidays, so whether it’s busy isn’t just based on anecdotal evidence, but is also backed up by data from DoorDash.
That being said, while DoorDash is busy on Valentine’s Day, whether it will be busy for you could be something to think about. Paradoxically, busy days can often be slower because more Dashers will schedule themselves to do deliveries. That means while delivery demand could be high, the number of delivery requests you receive could be lower since so many Dashers are logged into the app. If a high Peak Pay Bonus is being offered, it could be even slower as Dashers log into the app to chase the bonuses.
If you want to maximize your earnings on Valentine’s Day, it would be best to stay near restaurants that offer Valentine’s Day meals. People ordering Valentine’s Day dinner meals will likely be doing so from more upscale restaurants. If you can, stick to these places.
One nice thing about Valentine’s Day is that not everyone celebrates it. If you’re planning to work anyway, it could simply be a regular night for you. In other words, you don’t have to treat it as a special day. However, if you are in a relationship and celebrate Valentine’s Day, it may be best to stay home and celebrate the day, rather than delivering for DoorDash.
The Best Times To Dash On Valentine’s Day
As you can probably guess, the best time to Dash on Valentine’s Day is during the evening dinner rush when the vast majority of people will be placing orders. Ideally, you’ll want to start around 5 or 6 pm and you can hopefully expect it to stay busy throughout the evening.
During the lunch rush, DoorDash will likely have a normal amount of delivery demand, so if you do normally work during the lunch hour, you should expect it to be about as busy as normal for the day.
One thing to note is that DoorDash does offer flower delivery from some places. Flower deliveries will happen during the day, so you could see an increased demand for DoorDash if you work during the day. I’ve personally never seen a flower delivery where I live, but I know others have received these orders before from DoorDash.
In sum, DoorDash is busy on Valentine’s Day. If you want to maximize your earnings, your best bet will be to work during the evening dinner rush, when most people are placing delivery orders. More upscale restaurants are likely to see a higher demand for delivery, so staying near those restaurants will help you maximize your earnings.
Be aware that because other Dashers may expect DoorDash to be busy, there could be a surge of Dashers logging into the app. That can lead to fewer delivery requests for each Dasher. So, while Valentine’s Day may be busy, it could end up slower for you since so many Dashers will be signed into the app. For me, I’ve always treated Valentine’s Day as a regular day, opting mainly to work over the lunch hour and avoiding the evening dinner rush.
I hope that the information was helpful. If you’ve Dashed during Valentine’s Day, please feel free to let us know about your experience in the comments below.