For many people, ride hailing services like Careem have become the go-to option whenever their own cars aren’t available or driving is just too much of a hassle.
While everyone agrees that these apps have a had a positive impact in terms of generating employment and providing another option in a country where local transport systems are still fairly undeveloped or too cumbersome, there have been rising complaints about surcharges and peak fares.
With the latest monthly packages offer from Careem, that complaint is completely addressed.
The monthly packages enables people to purchase kilometeres in bulk and never worry about the peak factor (or peak surges). Furthermore, airport surcharges are also waived off.
This is the second time Careem has introduced the concept of packages in its service and if you’re wondering what’s different this time around, it’s that the packages are not route-specific now and can be used for any trip.
So basically, Careem offers monthly packages on basis of distance now.
The packages are only available for Go service and payment is done via credit in your wallet. If your funds are exhausted, you can also pay via credit card.
Currently, there are three different packages which Careem offers:
- 100 kilometer — Rs. 2,300
- 200 kilometer — Rs. 3,440
- 400 kilometer — Rs. 8,100
Currently on the 100 km packages, passengers save up to 5%. On 200 km packages, you can save up to 10% and 5% can be saved on the 400 km package.
It is also worth mentioning that customers will still be a subject to availability of rides in their locations.
In addition, waiting charges can apply if waiting time exceeds 2 minutes per km. Waiting time is applied when the speed of the car is below 16 km/h.
This must be noted that least charging unit for a single ride is 5km. Any ride with lesser than 5km in distance will be charged with 5km flat.
Comparing Costs: How Much Do You Save?
This is a comparison drawn to highlight how much you will save on a per kilometer base if you avail the 100 km, 200 km and 400 km packages.
Currently, and on average, this is what Go charges are:
- For 5 km — Rs. 132
- For 8 km — Rs. 210
- For 10 km — Rs. 263
By availing the packages, users will pay the following:
100 kilometer package:
- For 5 km — Rs. 115
- For 8 km — Rs. 184
- For 10 km — Rs. 230
200 kilometer package:
- For 5 km — Rs. 86
- For 8 km — Rs. 137
- For 10 km — Rs. 172
400 kilometer package:
- For 5 km — Rs. 101
- For 8 km — Rs. 162
- For 10 km — Rs. 202
So as you can see, the savings are there. Maybe they would be less obvious if the discounts on the packages are eliminated but for now, the savings and the simple fact that you don’t have to worry about peak factors makes the Careem packages worth considering if you are a regular user.