Earn Free Taxi Magic Rides!

TM_ReferralProg_MCAt Taxi Magic, we believe in the Golden Rule (of taxis): If you give rides, you get rides in return.

That’s why, starting this week, when you give $10 in Magic Credits you can get $10 in Magic Credits just as easily! Just follow these steps to start earning your free rides:

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- Open the Taxi Magic app and tap “Earn Free Rides” on the app menu.

-Get your personal referral code and share it with your friends.

-Your friends get $10 in Magic Credits when they create a Taxi Magic account (and register a credit card).

-You get $10 in Magic Credits once your friends take their first Taxi Magic ride (booked and paid for in the app)!

Now that you know what to do, get out there and start giving!

 

 

NOTE:

  • Personal referral codes can only be redeemed by new riders (those who have never created a Taxi Magic account).
  • Credits can only be redeemed on rides that are booked in and paid for (with a credit card) in the app.
  • You can see how many Magic Credits you’ve earned by tapping “Promos and Credits” in app settings.

A New Way to Share Referral Codes

Emailing your referral code to friends is so 2013.

There’s a new way to share free rides (and get free rides in return) and we want you to be the first to try it out!

iPhone-beacon-gifIntroducing: iBeacon referrals! Using Apple’s iBeacon technology, iPhone users with models 4s and above can turn their phones into code broadcasters. Just follow these steps:

- Open the Taxi Magic app

- Tap “Earn Free Rides” in the app menu Tap the iBeacon icon

- Tap “Activate” and allow the app to enable Bluetooth

- Any new Taxi Magic users nearby with Bluetooth enabled and the Taxi Magic iOS app open will be able to accept your code.

The best part is that once new users take a ride with your code, booked and paid for in the app, you’ll get $10 off your next Taxi Magic trip too! It doesn’t get much easier than that, so get out there and get sharing!

 

NOTE:

  • Personal referral codes can only be redeemed by new riders (those who have never created a Taxi Magic account).
  • Credits can only be redeemed on rides that are booked and paid for (with a valid credit card) in the app.
  • You can see how many Magic Credits you’ve earned by tapping “Promos and Credits” in app settings.

Happy Fourth from Taxi Magic!

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We want you and your loved ones to travel safely this 4th of July.

Use code FIREWORKS for $4 off your next ride (expires 7/14/14)!

Taxi Magic and FAAR, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, are spreading the word about safe travel this Independence Day. Here are some facts and tips to help you celebrate responsibly this weekend:

  • Drunk driving crashes accounted for 44% of the traffic fatalities during the July 4th holiday in 2012.
  • It’s important to have a travel plan if you’ve been drinking. Know your BAC level and don’t drive drunk.
  • If you’re in doubt about whether you’re fit to drive, you should find another way home.

To make sure you can get around safely this 4th of July, we’re offering all riders $4 off their next Taxi Magic booked ride this week with code FIREWORKS.

Riders who apply promo code FIREWORKS will also have a chance to win $40 in additional Magic Credits.* We’ll be picking 4 lucky winners on Monday, July 7th. Winners will be notified via email.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July and please do your part to keep our nation’s roads safe and sound. Taxi Magic and our drivers thank you!

*In select cities only (Los Angeles; San Francisco; Portland, OR; Denver; Dallas; Chicago; District of Columbia and Northern VA)

Taxi: The Safe Alternative

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Recently, leadership at the University of California made the decision to evaluate the safety of services like Uber and Lyft to determine whether to continue reimbursing employees who use them for university-related business. As more concerns arise about these “ridesharing” services, from insufficient insurance to lax background checks, we –would like to remind all ride-seekers in Los Angeles and across the country that taxis are a safe alternative for getting around.

Taxi Magic provides all the benefits of a mobile app – booking a ride, tracking it’s arrival, and automatic credit card payment – with the security that comes with riding with an insured driver in a licensed, regulated taxi cab. We connect only to professional drivers who are part of reputable taxi fleets in 60 cities across the country. That means that every time a rider books with Taxi Magic, he or she can ride assured that they are being driven by a professional who has received a thorough background check and is certified by the local government to pick up and shuttle passengers. Passengers are also fully covered by commercial insurance in case of any accidents.

With over 35,000 cabs included in our network in the U.S., our app is a valuable asset to any business traveler. It should also come as no surprise that taxis are a reimbursable expense, even at the University of California.

Taxi Magic Hosts Free ‘Appy Hours’ in Santa Monica

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When weekdays get hectic, it’s nice to have an excuse for a little fun after work.

Enter: Taxi Magic Appy Hours! 

Join us this week at some Santa Monica hotspots for free appetizers and drinks!* Come to any of our three events, show us the Taxi Magic app on your phone, and enjoy happy hour on our tab. Here are the details:

First-time Taxi Magic users will also get a special promo code at the events for $10 off their rides home!

Bring your friends and come get appy with us!

*Limit of two drinks per person

LA Plays Taxi Truth or Dare

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The secret is out! Taxi Truth or Dare is taking over LA!

Last week, we sent LA comedian Chris Fairbanks on a mission to surprise unsuspecting taxi riders with a free ride and chances to win other sweet prizes. The catch? They had to play a little game of Truth or Dare.

We’re keeping the fun going through this week, so if you’re one of the lucky people to hail the Taxi Truth or Dare taxi between 3pm and 8pm on 6/11 through 6/13, be ready to choose—Truth or Dare!

Need another reason to ride? Use code ‘TaxiTODLA’ for $5 off your ride! Just follow these steps to redeem your credits.

Ride on!

Win a Linus Bike From Taxi Magic LA

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We’ll admit it. When you’re constantly battling LA traffic, sometimes it’s just better to bike.

In honor of National Bike Month (and because we don’t mind sharing the road) we’re giving away Linus bikes to 5 lucky Taxi Magic riders!

All you have to do is enter code “BIKEMAGIC” in the Taxi Magic app to enter!

Entries will be accepted from 5/16 through 5/19 (5pm PST).

On Tuesday, 5/20, 5 winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page (make sure you “like” our page to catch the update)! Winners will have their choice of the Roadster or the Dutchi models.

How to enter:

  • Open the Taxi Magic app settings, tap “Promos and Credits” and enter “BIKEMAGIC” into the text box.
  • Once the code is applied, you will be automatically entered to win AND you’ll receive $5 toward your next Taxi Magic ride (booked and paid for in the app).

Good luck, riders!

*Note: Only Taxi Magic users located in Los Angeles, CA are eligible to win. Winners must be able to come pick up the bike.

New Feature in LA: Call Your Driver

LA riders, say “hello” to our newest app feature: Call Your Driver!

Gone are the days of seeing your taxi arrive on the map, but not seeing it at your front door (because the driver went to the wrong address).

Say goodbye to times when your driver struggles to find you in a sea of people after the bars close.

TM_RiderDriverCall_v2With our new feature, you will have the ability to contact your driver at the tap of a button. And, if necessary, your driver can call you, too!

All calls are masked, so drivers will never see your phone number (and you won’t see theirs).

From coordinating pickup locations to hearing from your driver when he’s stuck in traffic, our new feature makes getting your ride even faster.

Ride on, LA!

Guest Post: Best Places to Grab a Cocktail in Beverly Hills

We’re bringing taxi back in a big way across Los Angeles and what better way to celebrate than by raising a glass? Our friends at the Beverly Hilton compiled a list of the best places to get a cocktail in Beverly Hills so that you can help us toast taxis in style!

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Whether you’re looking for a night out with friends or need a break from the stress of the day, visit these excellent bars and restaurants for tasty cocktails – and make sure to use Taxi Magic to safely get there and back.

1. Trader Vic’s Lounge 

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Visit the Polynesian-inspired, Trader Vic’s Lounge located inside The Beverly Hilton for a relaxing night out. This popular poolside lounge is like a tropical paradise vacation right in Beverly Hills where you can sit outdoors by the fire pit and sip exotic cocktails like the original Mai Tai, invented by Trader Vic himself.

 

2. Bar on 4 

If you need a quick break from your busy day of shopping in Beverly Hills, stop by Bar on 4 located on the 4th floor of Neiman Marcus. The sailing vessel hull-shaped full-service bar provides a hip and modern atmosphere. This season Bar on 4 is featuring a delicious “Strawberry Margarita,” made using Avion silver tequila, fresh strawberries and lime.

3. Hakkasan

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The latest addition to the Beverly Hills bar scene, Hakkasan is great stop after work with ambient sounds, a relaxed mood and a sexy vibe. Grab a seat at the bar or reserve a table for the full dining experience. Hakkasan Beverly Hills have an extensive wine program as well as a cocktail menu curated by famous barman, Armando Conway. One of the most popular drinks is “The Hakka” made with Belvedere vodka, Tozai junmai sake, coconut, passion fruit and lychee juice.

5. Nic’s Beverly Hills

If you’re looking for a drink and an experience wrapped in one, visit the Russian-influenced bar and restaurant, Nic’s Beverly Hills. Nic’s is known for its vibrant décor, live jazz and DJs, and most importantly its wide variety of vodka based cocktails. One of our favorites is a vodka and champagne float made using fresh strawberries called “From Russia with Love.”  What makes the Nic’s experience special is the VODBOX created by owner and Chef Larry Nicola which brings guests together for flights of the world’s finest and exclusive vodkas in a 28 degree temperature room allowing the pure flavor of vodka to shine through. Before entering, guests are suited with faux fur coats and hats to keep warm as they enjoy the experience.

6. Aqua Star Pool at The Beverly Hilton

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One of our favorite times to enjoy a good cocktail is lounging pool-side on a warm L.A. day; and as the largest pool in Beverly Hills, the Aqua Star Pool at The Beverly Hilton is the ultimate spot. Sip the refreshing Cucumber Mojito made with freshly muddled mint and cucumbers and Bacardi Rum and see if you can spot one of your favorite celebs. While the pool is for hotel guests only, a little known secret is that guests who book a spa treatment at the adjoining Aqua Star BABOR Beauty Spa are also invited to use the pool! Or just book a room and make a weekend out of it….

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Using Magic Credits with Automatic Payment

Have some Magic Credits, but aren’t sure how to use them for your next ride?

Never fear! Here’s a quick and easy guide to redeeming your credits:

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1. Add a credit card in the Taxi Magic app.

2. Look in “Promos and Credits” under “Settings” to see your credits.

3. Book a ride in the Taxi Magic app and set your tip amount once the cab picks you up (the default is 20%).

4. Let us do the rest! Payment is automatic and the credits will be applied to your total.