By now, Grab is a household name for commuters in Singapore and the region. It’s even turned into a verb we use in daily conversations: “I’m Grab-ing to the office”.
To give consumers more value and stay above the competition, the ride-hailing giant rolled out a series subscription plans.
We examine each of the plans and see what, when and how much you can save by using Grab’s subscription services.
Grab Rides Subscription: Commute Plans
In its initial offering, Grab ride plans were either for short-distance rides or flat-fare rides, with 2 levels – basic and premium – to suit different consumer lifestyles. The plans are no longer available and in place is the Commute Plan, now with 3 levels – Lite, Basic and Extra.
|Commute Plan||Monthly Cost||Value of Plan||Savings||Minimum # of rides to take|
($4 off 10 rides)
($10 off 10 rides)
($10 off 20 rides)
The Commute Plans are great if you take at least 10 rides every month, as it eliminates the need to wait or look around for promotional codes. If your rides are long-distance, the Commute Basic and Commute Extra Plans do help you to save a significant amount. The plans do not offer much value however, for users whose lifestyles do not meet the minimum number of rides per month.
It is worth noting that the discounts do not apply to GrabShuttle, GrabHitch, GrabCoach and GrabWheels services. Payment options for rides are also limited to GrabPay/GrabPay credits with usage of the vouchers and users cannot subscribe to more than one Commute Plan.
Grab Rides Subscription: CBD Plans
Those staying in the East can now rejoice because Grab has a subscription plan specifically for Easties working in the Central Business District (CBD). These subscription plans are designed for those who live in Bedok, Tampines and Pasir Ris but at the moment, are only open to selected users. Availability of plans is for selected users only.
|CBD Plan||Monthly Cost||Value of Plan||Savings||Minimum # of rides to take|
($5 off 6 rides)
($6 off 6 rides)
($8 off 6 rides)
Each individual subscription plan is only meant for rides to or fro the CBD and the specific neighbourhood. Similar to the Commute Plan, rides on GrabShuttle, GrabHitch, GrabCoach and Grabwheels are excluded from the CBD Plan.
If you are one of the lucky ones who have been selected for the plan, you should sign up for it. At a low monthly cost, you are looking to shave off up to $24 or $30 (for Pasir Ris residents) off your daily commute. And while it is only for 6 rides, it makes a difference.
Heavier Grab users should consider subscribing to the Commute Extra Plan instead as fares from the East to the CBD are likely to cost upwards of $15 and the plan would give you more value than the CBD plan.
Make sure that your office falls within the designated CBD area before you subscribe.
Source: Grab CBD Plan
With a simple click on an app, we can now get food at our doorstep without even stepping out. In providing convenience, GrabFood also allows us to save time queuing for food and the subscription plans definitely make food delivery a much more enticing option now.
|GrabFood Plan||Monthly Cost||Value of Plan||Savings||Minimum # of orders|
|Free Delivery||$7.99||– $90 (Free Delivery on 30 GrabFood orders)
– $5 ($5 off $10 voucher)
– $10 ($10 off $20 voucher)
|McDonald’s Free Delivery||$1.99||Unlimited Free McDonald’s Delivery||>$1||1|
With the Free Delivery Plan, users get free delivery on 30 orders. That is one order daily if you wish to make the most out of your subscription. On top of that, two discount vouchers are given every month. Though they are subject to minimum spends, the vouchers effectively gives you double the value of your monthly subscription fee. You get to enjoy more savings, the more orders you place.
For $1.99 a month, you get to enjoy unlimited free McDonald’s delivery which would otherwise cost $4 if orders are made with McDelivery directly. To make your subscription ‘worth it’, you just need to place one McDonald’s order monthly.
Grab Rides + GrabFood
An All Access Plan is a hybrid of the two plans above, giving you the best of both worlds. Previously, Grab offered two additional levels – basic and premium – but they have since been discontinued, leaving users with just one option.
|All Access Plan||Monthly Cost||Value of Plan||Savings|
|Lite||$25||– $40 ($4 off 10 rides)
– $90 (Free Delivery on 30 GrabFood orders)
– $5 ($5 off $10 voucher)
– $10 ($10 off $20 voucher)
You can subscribe to the All Access Lite Plan at $25 a month and receive the same benefits as being on both the Commute Lite Plan and Free Delivery Plan. For a minimal difference of $1.99, you will be better off getting the two plans separately instead.
SCORE is a plan offered in conjunction with NTUC FairPrice and aside from ride discounts, also offers GrabFood, FairPrice and many other perks.
At just $29.99 for the first year, your monthly subscription works out to $2.50. SCORE is definitely more affordable than its Grab counterparts but while it helps you to save up to $5 on your rides, you need to take 5 rides before the discount may be applied to your future rides. The program also gives you 10 free GrabFood deliveries monthly with a minimum order of $20.
When evaluating whether to get one of the Grab plans or SCORE, consider whether you require only the Grab benefits or also those of their other program partners, and how .
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 section of your Grab app.
What Else Should You Know Before Signing Up For A Grab Subscription Plan?
The vouchers awarded for each plan are not allowed to be used in conjunction with other Grab promotions or offers.
Each subscription plan has a limit on sign-ups and plans will no longer be available for purchase or listed in the app once they are fully subscribed.
Users may only subscribe to one plan per category. That means that you cannot purchase a Commute Lite and Commute Extra Plan together. But you can subscribe to an All Access Plan if you have a Commute Lite Plan.
All plans auto-renew and your GrabPay Credits will be deducted on the next billing date. Although auto-renewing takes away the cumbersome issue of having to keep track of expiry dates, you still have to ensure that there is sufficient balance to avoid expiry of your plan. There is essentially no lock-in period as plans can be cancelled at any time and cancellations will take effect on the next billing date.
Plans accidentally purchased are not refundable and can only be cancelled for the next billing cycle onwards. In addition, no GrabReward points will be awarded for purchases of plans.
Ultimately, the value you can get from any of the plans above depends on your lifestyle and how you choose to make your money worthwhile.
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From now till 9 June, you can participate in SingSaver’s Battle of Cards campaign. To participate, all you need to do is to apply (via SingSaver) for any of these credit cards during this period (you can apply for more than one).
Battle Of Cards (Best Cashback Cards)
Citi Cash Back Visa Card: $200 NTUC, Taka or Grab codes (new customers only) or $30 vouchers (existing customers)
Standard Chartered Unlimited: $100 cash plus up to $120 cashback from bank (new customers only) or $50 cash plus up to $40 cashback from bank (existing customers)
HSBC Advance Credit Card: Choice of $150 cash back or Samsonite T5 Spinner worth $560 (T&Cs apply) (new customers only) or $30 cash back (T&Cs apply)
American Express True Cashback Card: $140 Vouchers (T&Cs apply) or $30 Vouchers (T&Cs apply)