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I just received an email from the on-demand car service company Gett that they are lowering their prices by up to 25% and implementing fixed pricing. Based on the chart they give, the rates you receive could be much cheaper than Uber (not always, but many of the times). I’ve written about Gett before, especially due to their flat $10 rates in certain parts of Manhattan – those rates will most definitely be better than Uber! Instead of surge pricing where you can pay X times the fare, they are adding a flat $9.99 peak time charge. The site doesn’t state an exact time when peak times will be in effect, but it does say that it will be during the “busiest rush hours and weekend nights.” What I like about this pricing model is you know exactly how much your fare will be prior to even getting into the car. There are no surprises, which has been a big issue with Uber for many folks.
For those not familiar with Gett… It is a similar service to Uber where you request your car through their phone app and pay with your credit card already on file. On the Gett app you set the tip for each ride, although you can change it per ride if you want to as well. They also have set prices from Manhattan to the NYC airports: to JFK is $70, to LGA is $48, to Newark is $67. You can also pre-book a ride to the airport 3 hours in advance. I personally wouldn’t use Gett to the airport as it is more expensive then Dial 7 and you are paying for tolls not only while you are in the car, but also the tolls incurred on the reverse route.
To try out Gett, they are giving new members $20 to sign up if you sign up through a referral link. To do this, you will need to first download the Gett App and in the Coupon Code field enter GTJENNI56 (my referral link, but feel free to leave your referral link in the comments section as well – the referee will also earn $20 in credits after the referral takes their first ride).
I personally have used Gett and had great service. I do know a few people have complained about a car not being available for 10 or so minutes, but if you aren’t in a rush it could be cheaper than Uber. It is one of the car service companies I listed in my Best Car Service Apps post.