I'm Adrian, the creator of iBidU, and a guy who likes the pub, what can I say? Time seems scarcer than it ever was, we are all busier day by day, if I actually manage to get my mates together to go to a bar, or to the pub, I want that nice table where we can all sit and shoot the breeze - what I don't want is to be standing around together getting jostled in a crowd whilst being harassed by the security guys to keep inside the permitted area....
The app is currently only available on iPhone, but an Android version is planned for later in the year.
...is simply to connect people who want table space at popular bars, clubs and pubs with those who have it and who are prepared to vacate it for some amount of payment, without any of that English embarrassment, because the transaction happens discretely on your phone.
Restaurant fully booked?
This is how iBidU works with restaurant reservations
HOW IT WORKS
FIND THE VENUE ON THE APP
You are most likely here because you found out about iBidU from a venue you want to dine or dance at.
First thing after downloading the iBidU app from the App Store, you'll want to sign up, and pick a payment method (we can process Apple Pay, PayPal and credit card payments), and you're ready to go..
To find the venue in the app, just type the first few letters in the search box at the top of the home screen. You then decide if you want to bid for what you want or to accept an offer the venue has already posted.
When you fire up iBidU, you'll often see it automatically locate the closest venue to where you are.. well, that's our wishful thinking for the future...
BID OR OFFER?
When you open iBidU and select the venue you are interested in, the home screen tells you:
1. if there is anyone else like you bidding for bookings or to jump the line (depending on the type of venue)
2. if the venue itself has already posted its own offer of what it is ready to accept
Unless someone's bid is for a specific future date & time, you will generally need to bid higher (per person) than anyone's existing bid.
If the venue has posted an offer, it's kind of like 'Buy it now' on eBay, if it suits you, snap it up..
Either tap on a venue's posted offer, or tap the Bid button at the bottom of the screen. If you tap Bid, on the next screen you enter how much you are ready to pay, for how many people, and can add a note which the venue will see (eg for a specific date and time). Tap 'Accept' and you will now see your Bid listed on the home screen with a green icon (showing it's yours).
IT'S DOWN TO THE VENUE..
The venue is monitoring the same screen you are... when it sees your Bid comes in, it receives an alert with the option to accept it. Perhaps it will do so right then and there, or maybe it will wait to see if anyone is ready to bid higher.. If it's a restaurant and you are looking for a booking in a week's time, it may wait a day or two to see if anyone bids above you. If it's a club or a walk-in restaurant, you are likely to know pretty quickly..
If the venue accepts your Bid (or you accept its offer) the app will take you through to the confirmation and payment process. If you are at club or walk-in restaurant, you need to find the right person at the venue and they need to find you, so you'll see a little map showing you both, plus your phones turn bright green. If it's a restaurant, where you are booking ahead, that's not needed, but you can message with the restaurant directly within the app to finalise details, e.g. mention any special requirements.
When payment is complete, depending on the venue either you have your confirmed booking, or in the case of a walk-in or club, you'll be jumped to the head of the line (NB any door entry price is not included).
... and this is how iBidU works for line jumping walk-in restaurants and clubs
Pricing & FAQ
A transaction fee of 20% is included in the amount paid by an iBidU user to secure table access or line jump
the transaction fee covers the costs of processing payments and developing and administering the iBidU app
The following table sets out a list of examples of the cost of table access or line jumping secured using the iBidU app at different price offered levels:
'Bid or Offer amount' refers to the amount an iBidU user pays is pays for table access or line jumping
'Transaction Fee' is the amount, as referred above, which iBidU includes in the 'Bid or Offer amount' for processing the transaction and
'Cost charged' is the amount which the iBidU user accessing table space or jumping the line actually pays for it
Payments may be made using:
Payments may be received using:
a UK bank account
iBidU reserves the right to aggregate recipient payments into a single monthly transfer
Can I pay for iBidU services in cash?
cash transactions are not permitted through the iBidU app. User location information is automatically analysed by the app, and use of the app may be suspended or barred if the system suspects cash transactions are taking place.
Which platforms is the app available on?
iBidU is currently only available on the iPhone, an Android version is expected later in the year. There are currently no plans for a Windows version.
I wish to cancel or dispute a transaction, what do I do please?
For information on how to request a cancellation / refund of a transaction, please refer to this section of the iBidU End User Licence Agreement.
Bid or Offer amount