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I’m being prompted to renew Bixi for another year. Anyone know whether there will be discounts or deals on the $78 yearly fee?
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I think (but haven’t verified) that you can still get the deal where if you get your Opus card automatically renewed (which in itself is a good idea, no more waiting in line at the end of the month), you get Bixi for a steep discount. I signed up last November and got a year’s Bixi membership for $19.
If you check the Bixi site you find some package deals like that: discounts for Opus and for signing up with Communauto and other things. I do use Opus but am not sure what my commuting needs will be for the next 12 months so am hesitant to sign up for a package.
While nothing has been announced yet, it’s likely that some sort of deal will be offered closer to the launch in late April/early May. I think last year they had a $10/off deal around that time. Otherwise, there’s the package deals mentioned above. I know I’m going to wait until closer to the launch date to renew mine since I’d be a bit ticked off if the price went down between now and then.
If you sign up for automatic renewal, do you actually commit to a year’s worth of opus cards? It seems like the ‘annual’ card can be cancelled basically on the 10th before the next month, and you just have to send back the opus card. Otherwise it wouldn’t make sense (kind of like the UdeM student tickets) — committing to 12 months of transit passes should make the pass noticeably cheaper (like a month or two off…).
MattH: yes, I remember that discount last year coming up after I’d already paid. Maybe it’s only ten bucks but I’ll wait and see.
Judging from last year, there are plenty of deals if you use other forms of paid transportation (there’s the Opus discount mentioned above, plus the Communauto deal), and the price goes down near the end of the season (September-October), but otherwise it’s $78, and I don’t expect that will change significantly before it opens.
You’re probably right, Steve. There’s no reason for them to cut prices. (If I drove, the Communauto deal would interest me, but I don’t.)
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