One more option to add to your roster of cab-hailing apps just in time for the stifling and sweaty subway season: Starting this week, Gett is offering on-demand black car rides anywhere in Manhattan between 110th Street and the Financial District for a flat fee of $10. This app's big, anti-Uber claim to fame: their rates are fixed 24/7, 365 days a year, with no surge pricing tied to traffic snarls or inclement weather. The company also promises wait times of no more than five to seven minutes in Manhattan.
If this $10 deal sounds familiar, it's because the company launched a similar offer back in September 2014, but now the deal is back and apparently here to stay. And if it sounds too good to be true (or too cheap to keep the company in business for long), Gett's PR rep tells us that the company is profitable in many of the other 50 cities in which it operates, and also generates the majority of its profits from "B2B service," in other words, business it gets via corporations. As for its drivers, Gett requires they be licensed with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, which means they've undergone background checks, defensive driving courses and health certifications.
The service also operates in the outer boroughs and offers an instant fixed price quote guarantee when you order a car, as well as the option to book in advance. For now, though, the $10 deal is just for Manhattan. Something to keep in mind next time you're dreading the high cost of a cab all the way uptown—or even just across town at the height of midday traffic.