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My experience with Blacklane chauffeur cars – with 10% discount

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We recently wrote about a 10% discount for first time users with airport chauffeur group BlacklaneTheir website is here.

When you book, Blacklane lets you earn miles with:

  • Asia Miles (2 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Flying Blue (2 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Miles & More (2 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Qatar Privilege Club (1 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Enrich (Malaysia Airlines) (2 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Singapore Airlines Krisflyer (2 per £/$/€ spent)

My experience with Blacklane

We decided to give Blacklane a try in Johannesburg yesterday.  Anika’s hotel was very slow in replying to our request for a driver and when it did reply it wanted £47.  By then we had already given up and booked Blacklane for (after the 10% first user discount) £38 for a similar black car.  The ride will also earn me 108 Miles & More miles.

Anika’s feedback was excellent.  She was met at arrivals and walked to the car where the driver was waiting.  Water and cold towels were in the vehicle and the driver was keen to chat about the city.

You clearly can’t guarantee the same service globally but we would happily use it again.  The online booking system is very easy – I don’t know how it does it, but virtually every building, street and hotel in every major global city is there and pops up when you start typing.  You don’t need to know the exact address of where you are going.

The 10% first ride discount code is BL10.

Blacklane has a slightly odd way of entering promotional codes.  You will be presented with a page asking for your credit card details.  After you type them in, there is an additional screen which asks if you have a voucher code.  Add BL10 on that page and 10% is deducted from your quote.  Your card is not charged until after the ride and you can cancel until 1 hour before pick-up.

You can book, create an account or find out more about Blacklane on their website here.

Comments (69)

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  • Phillip says:

    Haven’t Etihad also dropped their Abu Dhabi – Ho Chi Minh City route too?

  • Richard says:

    Any sign of BA relaunching Lima in April 19 too I wonder…?

  • Rich says:

    Qantas Perth to LHR direct impacting Etihad load?

    • Rob says:

      Possibly, I imagine a disproportionate number of Perth visitors are from the UK.

      • JamesB says:

        But that will largely affect London. From the region’s it remains one stop and I would imagine Etihad or other options via ME will be much more popular than BA and QF via LHR.

      • John says:

        A disproportionate number of Perth visitors *who might choose EY to get there* are from the UK; I believe most international visitors are from South/East/Southeast Asia.

        • Chris A says:

          I arrived at Perth on an EY flight last year and had a few hours to kill overnight before a connecting flight. As did a few fellow passengers, who were all Czech. They worked on an oil rig in Oz, one month on/one month off. It still paid for them to go home each month, even though their travel expenses were not paid!

    • John says:

      The direct flight will always be expensive though

    • Tom says:

      In addition to the QF flight which has probably creamed off most of the high yield LON-PER J passengers, QR recently upgauged PER to an A380 which has probably hit EK fairly hard on the route.

      QR also got to EDI first and seems EY is conceding defeat there.

  • Matt says:

    My only prospective look at Blacklane was was KUL to Putrajaya and the quoted rate with the discount was around £80 I recall. For comparison Uber was £8 and the hotel car was £30. I will try again in the future though because this may have been an anomaly based on your experience on Jo’burg.

    • Quark999 says:

      No, I think that’s correct and the anomaly must have been Johannesburg – whereever I’ve looked Blacklane was the most expensive option you could ever imagine, 10% discount and mileage or not. Pretty much useless, so I don’t even check anymore.

      • Genghis says:

        As a comparison, we paid c.£29 last month for a taxi from the rank from JNB to Melrose Arch

        • TGLoyalty says:

          This is the thing it’s not all like for like all that’s being compared here is price not service

          You might pay £10-15 more but you’re being met at arrivals by a vetted and trustworthy driver on a fixed rate in a nice car (hopefully)

          vs all the unknowns of a taxi or Uber Including the wait to get one where to meet them what state the car is in and what it will cost based on traffic or route they take etc

        • Genghis says:

          Completely agree, especially in Joburg, but our prebooked driver failed to turn up. Paid c.£43 going back with a car from the hotel

        • Matt says:

          I agree if we were taking £10-15 more. However my admittedly limited experience with the KUL to Putrajaya journey was that Blacklane was 10 time more expensive (£8 vs £80)!

    • h2d says:

      If using you should also be aware that the extended waiting periods are unbelievable extortionate. While you can cancel an hour beforehand (not much use on a flight), if your flight is delayed for whatever reason you will be liable for a huge additional fee calculated on a minute-by-minute basis.

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Used Sixt Mydriver to/from FCO to Rome at the weekend following an article here. Code MD10 got €10 off the ride.

    Big car, smart driver, on time. I was very impressed and would recommend.

    • Sandra says:

      Good to hear as I’ve booked using the special May offer, for a few weeks time. Thanks for the feedback.

    • MarkH says:

      Thanks for the code – got my TXL to Waldorf Astoria journey for €9.99

  • Chris says:

    OT: Flying from Gatwick North on Saturday morning to Vienna. I’ve got a platinum AMEX charge card and so have the Priority Pass. I’m travelling with my sister and father, neither of which have a priority pass. However, I have my girlfriends plat supp card and her priority pass. Do we think that my sister can use my gf’s priority pass to get her into the lounge? Does the pp require the amex plat with it? If anyone knows a better way to work it please let me know 🙂

    Secondly, which lounge is best at North? I’m thinking of going to No1 Lounge?

    TIA

    • APK says:

      I don’t think that will work as the name on the Priority Pass will not correspond with the boarding pass/passport. My sister tried to use mine at Stansted a while back and she wasn’t allowed.

    • Alex says:

      Liked No1 Lounge on Friday (and they did not bother to check boarding pass when i gave my digital PP on smartphone). Worst case scenario you will need to pay 15£ for a 2nd guest on your PP.

    • Yuff says:

      They check boarding pass with lounge card.
      I thought the no1 lounge at Gatwick was very good but had to pay £15 to enter immediately or wait an hour, using lounge key.
      PP holders in front of me were told the same and didn’t enter. The lounge wasn’t busy so they were filtering guests. In future I would pre book for £5 to guarantee access 😉

  • Tilly says:

    Just looked at Blacklane for car from YYZ to our downtown hotel. With 10% discount is working out at approx £72. Sounds steep to me.

    • Quark999 says:

      Yes, I appreciate Blacklane is not an Uber, but I’m comparing to Addison Lee/Tristar and similar services, and it’s still completely unreasonable.

      There might be places that are priced more reasonably, perhaps Johannesburg is one of them. But I haven’t found one yet.

      • Alex says:

        I agree, even looking at an executive car with Addison Lee was cheaper for me than Black Lane between east London and LHR. (Which isn’t really justifiable since their Ford Galaxy’s are perfectly acceptable).

        The only time it might be worth the service is if they actually monitor flight delays and don’t charge for the wait. But I somehow doubt that…

  • Dev says:

    Rob, This is OT but a pressing matter….with Marriott making some sort of announcement next week, a quick guide to what to do with large amounts of SPG points would be handy. Personally, I’m looking to convert my 200K into at least 250K Krisflyer points.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      So, convert them to Krisflyer points.

      I don’t think there is a any need to panic about existing points. Earning opportunities, such as the SPG Amex might be pulled without notice if the two schemes are to merge in August.

      • Genghis says:

        @Rob. What’s your current opinion on the merger re timings? Are we likely to see an announcement of what’s to come and then a formal transition come say 1 Jan?

        • Rob says:

          That’s my guess yes. Because of the status requirements it would be odd to switch mid year.

    • Rob says:

      Marriott is not totally stupid and won’t do anything without notice. Hopefully. However, you’re not going to get a better deal than that for moving to KrisFlyer so do it now if you are worried.

      My thinking is the other way, oddly. If there is a risk that the ‘Amex to Marriott’ route closes then I might want to top up my Marriott account because I can’t see any other route for earning Marriott points and, over the past year, I’ve enjoyed having a third redemption option alongside Hilton and IHG (SPG’s footprint meant it didn’t really count).

    • Kathy says:

      OT but Marriott:
      I have a small number of Marriott points – 13250 – and am not likely to earn more any time soon.
      I could transfer 10,000 Marriot points to 2000 Avios/Virgin FC miles, but am I right in thinking that I could get more by transferring them to SPG and then converting to miles?

    • Ed Greenson says:

      Was thinking of applying for SPG Amex next month is it best not to wait then?

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