RIDE-SHAR­ING’S KEY PLAY­ERS

Business Traveller - - SAMRT TRAVELLER -

Uber’s ini­tial suc­cess has spawned a host of sim­i­lar en­ter­prises, in­clud­ing : Tax­ify – avail­able in Mel­bourne, Syd­ney, Euro­pean and African cities

Lyft – avail­able in the US

Cab­ify – avail­able in South Amer­ica, Por­tu­gal and Spain Gett – avail­able in the UK, US, Rus­sia and Is­rael

Ola – avail­able in In­dia Grab – has re­placed Uber in Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, In­done­sia, Thai­land, Viet­nam, the Philip­pines, Myan­mar and Cam­bo­dia

Didi – in China; now merged with Uber Ca­reem – avail­able in the Mid­dle East

Air­lines and ho­tel groups have seen the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits from part­ner­ing with ride-shar­ing com­pa­nies. Fre­quent-f lyer pro­grammes (FFPs) of­fer­ing points or miles through part­ner­ships in­clude:

Take note that air­line FFPs and ho­tel groups change de­tails of their part­ner­ships and points with great fre­quency, so al­ways check the small print in case of amend­ments.

Wher­ever you’re trav­el­ling to, check with your var­i­ous re­ward schemes if they are run­ning deals; you might just get a free or dis­counted cab ride. One re­cent ex­am­ple was for IHG Re­wards Club mem­bers, who re­ceived four Didi Premier coupons ev­ery month, with mem­bers get­ting dis­count coupons of 15 per cent to 25 per cent. Pro­mo­tions of this type are of­ten short-term, but not in­fre­quent, so look out for them.

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