We’re super excited to share our first edition of Wandering with Wingz, where we’ll cover some of the most exciting, charming, and accessible spots and activities in the cities we serve.
First up is our hometown of San Francisco, but stay tuned for more cities to follow!
Whether you have a few hours or a full day to kill, we’ve got a stack of options that fit every budget and level of energy. While there’s plenty to see in Oakland, Berkeley, and the North/South Bay, we stayed close to home with our recommendations.
Top picks for everyone:
Go for a mini-hike at Land’s End (if it’s walkable weather) for some beautiful seaside views and glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Check out the panoramic views of the city from Twin Peaks, the highest point in San Francisco proper.
Experience a piece of transportation history by riding a cable car, available in many spots downtown, including Powell at Market St.
Explore the Ferry Building and all of the divergent food-themed options available on the Embarcadero.
Navigate the 8 hair-pin turns of Lombard Street (at Hyde), then take a left and head to Buena Vista Cafe for a cup of Irish Coffee (where it was originally invented!).
Grab a beer at the divey but well-appointed Toronado Pub in Lower Haight.
Head to the top of the De Young Museum’s Observation tower in Golden Gate Park—for free—and see another stunning view of the city.
Admire the beautiful architecture of the Palace of the Fine Arts—one of the few surviving structures from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition—at the edge of the Marina district.
With Some Spending Money
Pounce on the juiciest—and in our opinion, best—burger in the city at NOPA on Divisadero Street. Indulge in their late-night hours (until 1 am) and impressive wine list as an added bonus.
Try a tableside tea leaf salad—and a lot of other tasty Burmese specialities—at Burma Superstar in the Inner Richmond. Tip: if they’re too busy, head to sister restaurant B-Star just down the street, which boasts a similar menu.
Wash down the day with a rum cocktail at Smuggler’s Cove, a pirate themed tiki bar that’s always a fun and quirky time.
Go (window?) shopping during a walk down Valencia Street in the Mission, between 15th and 24th St.
We want to wish all our riders and drivers a very happy holiday!
We’ve had a wonderful time here at Wingz this year, during which we’ve grown our business substantially, expanded beyond airport rides, and brought more drivers into the Wingz family. 2017 will no doubt be an important time for us as we take the next step to expand our reach across the country — because everyone deserves a personal ride with a trusted driver at an affordable price.
We hope that you are able to spend these final few days of the year with the folks who mean most to you. Here’s to a promising year ahead!
The Wingz Team
P.S: In case you forgot, we still have $5 off rides for the rest of 2016 — just make sure to use the promo code HOLIDAY16at checkout!
Big news at Wingz—our new and improved web app is now live!
Along with a redesigned/streamlined booking process that’s cleaner and more efficient, we’ve added the around-town ride feature that used to be only available in our mobile app. So go ahead, book all of your important rides from the office computer: a trip to the holiday party, the next big sporting event, or your last-minute shopping spree for the gifts you forgot needed to get.
If you’re headed to or from the airport, rides will include a validated flight number that recommends the best pickup time for your journey.
We’ve also revamped our bookings page (through which you can easily view past and future rides) and the My Favorite Drivers page; adding, sorting, and editing your list has never been easier!
We hope that this update makes booking from any device easier and more fun than it’s ever been before. Click here to check out the new look today!
We’re coming up on the final push for our Take Off with Wingz Sweepstakes. Just a reminder of what’s up for grabs if you’ve yet to enter:
First Prize: 2 Roundtrip airline tickets anywhere in the world
Second Prize: $1000 to spend Expedia
Third Prize: $500 to spend on HomeAway
Five runner ups: One free Wingz ride each
After signing up, entrants used to only be able to get additional chances to win by taking a Wingz ride or referring friends who took their first ride by the end of the year. Now there are more ways to increase your odds of nabbing one of our prizes!
If you hop on social media and spread the word, participants will gain one extra entry by posting their referral code along with the #WingzTakeOff hashtag on either Facebook or Twitter (note: there’s limit of one post per week per social media platform).
Plus, if somebody takes their first ride because of your post, you’ll still get those extra 3 entries from the referral.
The more you get the word out, the better your chances are of flying somewhere incredible on us.
If you’ve been keeping up with us the past few months, you might have seen that we released new services in Austin and the SF Bay Area for those who wanted the same benefits of Wingz in their important rides around town.
Following each of those launches, we received a ton of requests from people in other areas wanting the same treatment; thankfully, we’re here to say that today that service is making its debut in every city we serve!
Here are the details:
We now offer advance booking, flat-rate pricing, and trusted drivers for private rides all around town and beyond.
Our official nationwide launch is today, effective immediately!
The service is live for each city we’re in—Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, and the Bay Area.
You’ll still be request any of your favorite drivers (from airport or non-airport rides) for a more personal experience.
We hope that your next trip to a concert, sporting event, or doctor’s appointment is made a whole lot easier with this latest feature.
We like to make a big deal about our drivers here at Wingz, and rightfully so: they’re our lifeblood. If we’re going to be a service predicated on the ability to book a driver over and over again, you’re going to want to be darn certain that the folks behind the wheel know what they’re doing!
But how can we ensure that our drivers are giving it their best every ride?
It’s an interesting—albeit abstract—question to tackle, but the answer might lie in the way our bookings are structured. You see, as nice as it is for you to see a familiar face each time a Wingz driver is picking you up, it’s equally advantageous for the driver when you schedule them directly.
A “direct booking” gives Wingz drivers a higher percentage of the fare and provides a big incentive for them to give it 110% on their rides with you. If you’re impressed with a driver after the trip, you can add them to your Favorite Driver list and automatically request them each time you need a ride. You’ll end up giving them a steady workload and be part of a clientele that can help your driver build a business. It’s an added motivation unique to Wingz that could push your ride from good to great.
The friendly kind of “competition” of this setup fits into our app’s formula for giving you rides, and it lets the best drivers rise to the top of the pool when you’re scheduling a trip without a direct booking . When you ride with Wingz, you’re riding with those who truly wantto give you the best service on the road.
It’s the middle of the post-work rush hour and your route to the airport is littered with clogged highways, multiple fender benders, and unexpected detours. Your on-demand car arrives 13 minutes later than expected, but the games don’t end there: the app’s going to levy a surge charge on you for having the gall to travel during the city’s busiest time of day. Only after your drop-off at the departures level do you realize the trip was $25 more than the last time you took the same trip.
Wouldn’t you like a little more predictability?
We certainly think so, which is why the issue of transparency is at the heart of everything we do as a business. The ability to get an up-front price before you book is one of the most beloved features at Wingz; consistency is crucial to our pricing model and overall philosophy. We’ll never charge you extra if your trip goes long or the demand for our cars is high—that means you’ll pay the same price whether it’s 4:00 in the morning or smack in the middle of a special event like a rainy rush hour, a protest or a football game. It’s an essential part of our platform that separates us from the other transportation services out there.
So the next time you’re inching your way through thickets of heavy traffic in a car that’s getting more expensive by the minute, remember with Wingz, you’ll never have to guess the prices you’ll pay.
It’s 5:43 a.m. and you’re in a cold sweat. The departure of your early-morning flight is creeping ever-closer, but no matter how nimble your thumbs are in smartphone acrobatics, you can’t find an on-demand ride anywhere within 10 miles of your location.
Shouldn’t you have planned this out beforehand?
We think so, which is why Wingz has the unique feature of scheduling your rides in advance for a stress-free travel experience. If you know when and where you want a ride, there’s no reason to leave your trip up to chance.
Pre-booking your ride with Wingz means that before you even get in the car you’ll know exactly who’s picking you up, at which time, and at what price. Plus, since you’re planning your ride ahead of time, you’ll never be subject to the surge pricing that other rideshare companies set loose whenever there’s a particularly quiet or busy time of the day.
A few other companies have recently trotted out their own versions of “scheduled” rides, but it’s important to know that those features are really just cueing your ride requests at a specific time. Translation: if there aren’t any cars in your area for the time you “scheduled” one in advance, then you’ll still be as driverless as those who hadn’t pre-planned their request in the first place.
When you ride with Wingz, you’re riding with reliability—not a perception of it.
You’ve probably heard the term from us before, as it’s the #1 mantra we stand behind and take pride in as a company. When we hand-pick our drivers to become a part of the Wingz team, there’s an intense (but fair) level of scrutiny involved on our side of the equation. We want to make sure that you’re riding with a crop of outstanding drivers—ones you’ll want to ride with again and again.
If a potential driver comes to us looking to apply, they’ll have to go through a step-by-step vetting process that includes:
An individual screening to bring in the friendliest and most welcoming
A criminal background & MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) check to assure passenger safety
A 19-point vehicle inspection to keep you riding with the best cars around
A disability online orientation to assist passengers that require special accommodations
An online orientation and knowledge test to ensure you’re riding with the savviest and most well-informed
Beyond the logistics of this checklist, we still need to confirm that these are the right people for the Wingz driver team. When we’re in the home stretch of the on-boarding process, we also look for:
A recent and clean vehicle that will make riding with us comfortable and carefree
A customer-oriented attitude that demonstrates the driver is willing to go the extra mile to make a rider happy
Some experience driving with other transportation providers or other rideshare companies to verify that this isn’t their first rodeo in the industry
After all’s said and done, we only end up accepting around 5% of the drivers who apply to become a driver. Once they’re on board, Wingz drivers are subject to routine checkups per regulatory requirements to verify their vehicles are safe and their insurance up to date; it’s a lot of work, but it’s the only way to keep our engine running.