Deal alert: Earn 4 miles for every $1 spent on Lyft airport rides through the holidays

Dec 15, 2021

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Happy holidays from Lyft and Delta, whose recently expanded partnership means riders and fliers alike can take advantage of a special holiday deal with new in-app features, in addition to all Lyft users earning 4 miles for every $1 spent on Lyft rides to or from any U.S. airport through Jan. 9, 2022.

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Deal basics

Even if you usually opt to take Uber over Lyft, you may want to consider choosing Lyft for your airport transportation this holiday season. Travelers will earn 4 Delta SkyMiles for every $1 spent on all Lyft rides to or from any U.S. airport starting Dec. 16, 2021, through Jan. 9, 2022.

Delta fliers should make sure to link your SkyMiles account to your Lyft account since the two are also expanding their four-year (and counting) partnership with the addition of new in-app features.

“Lyft customers with a linked Delta SkyMiles account will begin receiving additional traveler reminders and in-ride flight status updates to ensure they have all the information they need to plan a timely trip to the airport,” according to a press release.

Lyft will roll out features to linked account members to receive reminders of upcoming travel with Delta through the Lyft app and via email, with important details such as a user’s flight number, destination, departure/boarding time, terminal number and gate number, all within the Lyft app.

After the promo ends on Jan. 9, earnings will go back to 2 miles for every $1 spent on airport rides and 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other Lyft rides within the U.S.

First-time Lyft users can receive up to $20 in Lyft ride credits in the form of two $10 credits off the new user’s “Eligible First Ride,” defined as a new user’s first and second Lyft rides completed within the United States and within 60 days of signing up as a new Lyft user at the link here.

Related: No more double-dipping: Lyft axes valuable points-earning sweet spot

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns bonus points on Lyft purchases, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which earns 5x points on Lyft purchases, or the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which earns 10 points per dollar on Lyft rides through March 2022.

Use your Citi Premier® Card to earn 3x points on Lyft purchases. World Mastercards and World Elite Mastercards issue $5 in Lyft credits every month when you use your card to pay for three or more Lyft rides. Read more about how to save on Lyft using World Mastercards in this post here.

Bottom line

As of this summer, Lyft only allows users to earn points or miles with one travel rewards partner at a time, either Delta SkyMiles or Hilton Honors. So if you currently opt to earn Hilton points with your Lyft purchases, be sure to switch to Delta by changing your selection in the Lyft app under “Rewards” for the sake of this holiday promo, after which you can switch back.

TPG currently values SkyMiles at 1.48 cents apiece, so SkyMiles users can get more than 25% back on rides when they combine this promotion with the 10x bonus category on the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Now that’s a deal.

Featured photo of passengers waiting for rideshares at LAX on Aug. 20 by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.

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Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants in the first three months of card membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
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