Good for Business
For corporate travelers, apps such as Uber, Gett, Hailo and Addison Lee offer the added benefit of being able to create accounts linked to a corporate credit card, and filing expenses is made easier thanks to virtual billing.
“The Hailo app is used by over 90 percent of FTSE 100 companies,”Jones says.“Those with a Hailo for Business account also benefit from features such as online booking, expense and travel policy management. Information such as flight numbers can be added, making it easier for passengers and drivers to manage the complications and delays that are often linked to air travel.You can also collect Avios with every qualifying journey through partnerships with British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus.”
Some are differentiating themselves from Uber’s on-demand model by providing the ability to forward-plan, or by adding extra services. Justin Peters, chief executive of Kabbee, says:“Unlike Uber, advance booking allows business travelers to book a journey up to three months ahead and a fixed fare guarantees the price, even in London traffic.”
Gett’s Gerber adds:“We have just launched a courier service through the app – and if you are in the right zone in London we will deliver you an ice-cold bottle of Veuve Clicquot and two glasses in ten minutes for £39.”I’ll drink to that.