RIDE-SHARING’S KEY PLAYERS
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.