New London ride-hailing app Wystle is offering drivers the chance to unlock access to the app’s bespoke Wystle Rewards programme, before it launches in the capital in December. The move is a direct response to the latest Covid-19 lockdown and aims to help support drivers during the coronavirus crisis.
Wystle Rewards offers discounts at more than 900 leading high street stores and restaurants including Tesco, ASDA, ASOS, Currys PC World, Pizza Hut and Odeon cinemas. Wystle CEO Gary Wazir said: “The latest lockdown is having a hugely detrimental effect on the drivers across London. With such uncertainty in the ride hailing market, we want to step up and demonstrate that as a London company, we are in this together and actively support our drivers. As we have just finalised the rewards offerings, we thought it was essential to allow drivers to access these early to help support them and their families during these difficult times.”
Normally divided across three levels – Wystle Red, Wystle Gold and Wystle Platinum – the rewards were originally intended to recompense drivers for completing rides. Drivers could expect to receive more lucrative rewards for completing more journeys. Instead, all drivers will now automatically gain access to the highest reward level, Wystle Platinum, ahead of the service going live next month.
To unlock early access to all 900-plus retailers, all drivers need to do is refer one other driver to register with Wystle. All drivers, both new and previously signed up, will receive a unique referral code which they can use to refer a driver. Once their nominated driver’s registration is complete, they will receive instant access to Wystle Platinum.
Wystle claims to be the first London-born ride-hailing app. It is currently recruiting new drivers, and offers five different car categories, along with a short-term self-drive hire service. It also says it offers a better commission rate for drivers than many other app-based minicab services.