This article was first published on 25 April 2019, and updated with new information on 29 January 2020 previously. Additional reporting done by Faiqah Rizliana on 12 November 2020.
Touting itself as Southeast Asia’s #1 ride-hailing app, food delivery service, and cashless payment solution all in one, Grab is a name that needs no introduction. Despite other similar options available, it’s common for us to simply say “I’ll Grab there” or “Let’s GrabFood for dinner”, signifying how the platform has grown to become a mainstay in our daily lives.
To keep a leg up on the competition, Grab is also known for providing subscription plans all in the name of providing value to its customers. On 25 March 2020, many subscribers were caught off guard when the company announced the end of its popular $9.99 “food plan” which offered free deliveries on 50 GrabFood orders in a month.
As Grab constantly reviews and retires its subscription plans, here’s an update on what Grab currently offers and how much you can save by subscribing to their latest plan.
Daily Value Plan
The “Daily Value Plan” which is the only Grab plan currently available, gives you 15% off your rides through 10 ride vouchers for a $16 monthly subscription. The vouchers are only valid for GrabCar and JustGrab rides which means that you will not be able to use the vouchers for other popular rides such as GrabTaxi or GrabHitch.
Let’s say that the average cost of your ride is $15. Using the voucher, you will be able to save $2.25 per ride and that adds up to $22.50 in savings if you use all 10 vouchers in a month, which is nothing to scoff at.
This is a great option if you are a regular user of Grab for transport as it eliminates the need to wait or look around for discount codes. This is especially useful when you are trying to get a ride during peak hours or rainy weather as surge prices can really make you feel the pinch. Do take note that there is a cap of $4 per ride so you will not be able to make the most of the discount once your fare costs more than $26.
Aside from ride vouchers, the plan also includes 5 food vouchers for free GrabFood delivery, as long as you hit the minimum order of $12. The free delivery vouchers are not applicable for long-distance or islandwide delivery, meaning that they cannot be used for orders with delivery fees above $7. So if you are craving for Boon Lay Nasi Lemak and living all the way in the east, tough luck.
As the average fee for GrabFood delivery ranges from $3 to $5, you can expect to save up to $15 a month. However, since there is a minimum order, it will not make sense to subscribe to the plan if you are just planning to satisfy that $3 bubble tea craving for yourself. Now that Singapore is heading towards Phase 3 of its reopening and eating out has become the norm again, you might also be less reliant on food delivery for your meals.
Subscribing to the plan only makes sense if you regularly order for big groups of people at least a few times a month and tend to order during peak hours when the delivery fees are higher.
How To Subscribe To A Grab Plan?
Step 1: Launch the Grab app on your phone.
Step 2: Tap on ‘Account’ in the bottom-right corner and select ‘Subscriptions’.
Step 3: Scroll to find your desired plan and tap ‘View Plans’.
Step 4: Select plan and tap on ‘Get This Plan’.
Step 5: Ensure sufficient GrabPay credit balance and tap ‘Confirm’ to subscribe.
Step 6: Vouchers will be instantly awarded to your account. Locate them in the My Rewards tab of your Grab app.
What Else Should You Know Before Signing Up For A Grab Subscription Plan?
All plans auto-renew and you can only pay them through GrabPay Credits. Subscription plans are limited in quantity so make sure that there is always sufficient balance in your GrabPay account or else your plan will expire.
There is no guarantee that you will be able to sign up for it again so if you’re prone to forget, you can enable auto-debit to your card to top-up your GrabPay when it runs out of credits.
Ultimately, the “Daily Value Plan” is expected to save you up to $35. For $16 a month, it is a great supplement for you if you’re a regular user of both GrabFood and Grab for transport. The plan does not offer much value if you only use these services sparingly.
An alternative for you would be to use promo codes or purchase Grab vouchers through Shopee and Lazada when you need them. Since Grab regularly updates the subscription plan that it offers, you should also check regularly to see if you are subscribing to the best option available.