Grab Challenges can be found by scrolling down the home screen to the relevant section.
A new Challenge called “Ride to Tokyo” has recently gone live (missed opportunity for “Tokyo Drift” here) and as far as Challenges come, it’s certainly more intriguing than the relatively meh “Chompian”.
Ride to Tokyo
The mechanics are quite simple: the first 3 Grab users to complete 450 Grab rides by 31 Dec 2019 with GrabPay or GrabPay credits will each win a pair of Business Class tickets to Tokyo. All Grab rides in Singapore are eligible for this Challenge, except for GrabWheels, GrabHitch, GrabCoach and GrabShuttle.
Needless to say, that’s a lot of rides. There are about 115 days left in the year, which means you’d need to take more than 3 rides per day to be in with a shout.
|#mildly interesting, but Grab says that 450 rides is the equivalent distance between Singapore and Tokyo. GCMap puts this at 3,324 miles, which means the average Grab trip in Singapore is 11.9 km|
Do note that a maximum of 8 rides per day will count towards this Challenge- frankly, I’m not sure why the limitation, so long as these are bona fide rides and not attempts to game the system. I realise it’ll take a lot of effort to hit this cap, but it does feel like it penalizes someone who just happens to have a lot of Grab trips to make in a particular day.
The 8 rides per day cap, coupled with the Challenge’s start date of 4 September, means the earliest a winner could emerge is 30 October 2019.
I appreciate the fact that there’s a live tracker showing how many rewards there are left, which makes it better than more opaque promotions where you’re in the dark as to whether there are still any prizes available.
The T&C don’t specify what carrier the Business Class flights are on, but Grab has confirmed with me it’s Singapore Airlines. A round-trip ticket to Tokyo costs S$2,505, so you’re looking at a prize worth ~S$5,000.
The cheapest Grab ride I’m aware of costs S$6, so the winner would have spent at least S$2,700 over 450 rides. It’s certainly not worth churning rides, but if you’ve got genuine trips to make, why not?
Here’s the full set of Challenge rules for your reference:
This clearly isn’t going to be a Challenge for everyone, but I’m sure it’ll make for more interesting “craziest thing you’ve done for miles” stories. Should you choose to take up this Challenge, remember that you’ll need to register before you begin.
I really look forward to seeing who wins this…
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