This article was first published on 25 April 2019, and updated with new information. Additional reporting by Jorinda Hsu.
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. The platform has grown to be a part of our lives and vocabulary. It’s common for us to simply say “I’ll Grab there” or “Let’s GrabFood for dinner. In fact, it has already expanded to our financial lives with GrabInvest, GrabPay, and soon-to-be digital bank.
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.
The GrabExpress Pack is one of the two current Grab subscription plan available. The GrabExpress Pack costs $4.99 for 4 discounted deliveries. For the cost, we would get 30% off 3 deliveries and 50% off for 1 delivery.
Approximately, we can save up to $20, assuming on average a Grab Express trip cost around $13. A 4 hours GrabExpress delivery is about 40% cheaper than a normal Grab Express trip. As the discount is based on percentage, we can optimise rides to maximise the savings. For more urgent deliveries, we can use the usual GrabExpress. Deliveries that are not time-sensitive can opt for 4 hours GrabExpress delivery. Do note that you have to use up all 4 deliveries quickly as the coupons are only valid for 1 month from the date of purchase.
Grab Stay-Home Pack (Regular)
The Grab Stay-Home Pack (Regular) is the latest addition to Grab subscription plans due to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). The Grab Stay-Home Pack costs $5.99 for 30x discounted food deliveries, 5x 20% off GrabMart, 3x 30% off 4 hours GrabExpress and 1x 30% off GrabExpress.
For the discounted food deliveries, we will be getting a $4 off delivery fee with minimum spending of $18 (excluding platform and small order fee). The 20% off GrabMart vouchers is capped at $7. This means the total GrabMart basket (excluding platform and small order fee) would be $35 for us to enjoy the full $7 off the bill. Additionally, the 30% off GrabExpress voucher will be capped at $5. This means the GrabExpress trip cost (excluding platform and small order fee) would have to be about $17 for us to enjoy the full $5 off.
Approximately, if we optimise the deliveries, we can maximise the savings up to $171. Do note that you have to use up all vouchers quickly as the ride coupons are only valid for 1 month from the date of purchase.
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 can only be paid them through GrabPay Credits. The GrabExpress Pack is only a one-time offer and it is limited to one Pack per customer. Likewise, the Grab Stay-Home Pack, is also only a one-time offer and it is limited to one Pack per customer while stocks last.
There appears to be no guarantee that the subscription plan that is available to you today will be still there in the future as Grab is constantly changing and retiring old plans.
In the end, you should only subscribe to the plans when it fits your lifestyle and you are constant (and heavier) user of Grab services. You also need to be aware of the terms and conditions and the limitations of the plan. For example, there is a $7 cap on the percentage of discount we can enjoy for the 20% GrabMart vouchers in the Grab Stay-Home Pack.
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.
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