I gotta say: as the weeks roll on, I’m more and more impressed with the ride-summoning app Curb. In fact, while my relationship with them got off to a rocky start, we are currently in a little bit of a honeymoon phase.
I’m in Los Angeles right now, on a girlfriend getaway while my family is skiing (how does that work? read this post). We are having lunches with lots of wine, shopping, getting massages, enjoying evening cocktails, getting pedicures, and having mimosa brunches. In other words, we should not be driving. So we’re not. We’re using Curb.
Curb works in a similar way to Uber and Lyft: You download an app, then use the app to call a car. The only difference is that the car you’re calling is a taxi.
Curb contracts with various taxi companies, which makes the experience slightly different than Lyft or Uber. These are the main differences:
Hooray: Curb never uses surge pricing. This means that while prices are normally a little higher than Lyft or Uber, they are occasionally MUCH less. So, if you want a ride during a busy time, Curb is a great option. This is the main reason we’ve been loving Curb on this trip!
The main issue that I have had with Curb, lo these many months, is that their availability is spotty. Even in an area where their service is strong (like Los Angeles), sometimes getting a car is almost a tough as getting a date in New York City (I don’t know about you, but when I was single in NYC I could NEVER get a date).
This is why I got so frustrated with Curb in the beginning (not my lack of date-ability, but their lack of availability).
Case in point: last night. My friend and I had finished dinner, and wanted to grab a ride back to our hotel. High on Curb, I pulled out my phone and used the app to call a cab. Then we waited…and waited…and waited…only to be told that there were no drivers available.
I switched to the Uber app, and an Uber driver was there within two minutes.
Since I’ve had such a positive experience with Curb lately, their on-again, off-again availability is not going to deter me from using their service. Instead, I’ve started to think of Curb, Lyft and Uber as a little toolkit: depending on the situation, I use the right tool for the job.
Did you know that you can schedule a pickup with Curb? I love this idea so much! You just select the “Pick Me Up Later” option on the app
You can then choose a time within the next 24 hours.
I haven’t tried this yet, but I probably will this weekend. Curb is working so well for me here in Los Angeles that I feel like I should take advantage of all the amenities they have to offer!
If you want to try it as well, here’s how:
How to get a $15 Curb credit
1. Install the Curb App.
2. Create your account.
3. Go to the settings page (top right-hand corner).
4. Select “promos and credits.”
5. Enter a referral code (currently the best code to use is NOSURGE. If that has expired, my code is R82H70 if you would like to use it – thanks!).
6. Receive your Curb credit!
The next time you ride and use the app to pay with your credit card, the $15 credit will be applied to your final ride total.
Thanks, Curb. You’re making my trip easier for sure.