Public transportation is usually the ideal option when I travel alone. However, sometimes that doesn’t make sense. On my last trip in Europe, I used Blacklane for the first time in Monaco. Blacklane is a swanky car service that surprised me with their reasonable prices. My family and I stayed at the Fairmont Monte Carlo with free night certificates, thanks to the expedited Platinum elite status offered by the American Express Platinum Card. Sadly, Fairmont was acquired by Accor last year, and the new program is not rewarding at all.
Our onward flight to Venice was from Nice Airport (NCE), 45 minutes away by car. Uber does not operate in Monaco, so there was two bus options – local with transfers (>10 euros) or one direct to the airport (22 euros). I could also have taken a helicopter at sky-high prices, of course. So for the first time, I booked using Blacklane.
This made sense because we had several pieces of luggage. As well, my mom fell and injured her leg. The booking process was simple, although it was interesting to note that the prices changed even if you altered your departure time by 10-15 minutes. You can also get 20% off your first ride with voucher code 5LGH4592.
The ride ended up being 71 EUR, which was less than what a taxi would cost. The Mercedes was nice and it helped to have a confirmed pick-up, with notifications when the driver arrived (like other ridesharing apps). In many circumstances, Blacklane could also be cheaper than a hotel car, or Uber during surge pricing. They also have airport service on arrival, which can be helpful after a long flight or at a new airport.
Finally, you also can earn miles with a variety of airline programs, including Singapore Airlines Krisflyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. I added my Lufthansa Miles & More number to earn two points per dollar, and then used my Chase Ink Preferred Visa to pay, earning 3x UR points on travel. Alternatively, Canadians without access to American credit cards could also use the Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite to earn two points per dollar with no foreign transaction fees.
Overall, I really liked my experience with Blacklane and would definitely check their pricing next time to see whether it’s a worthwhile option compared to other alternatives.
Use voucher code 5LGH4592 to get 20% off your first Blacklane ride.