Earn 3 Flying Blue miles per dollar spent with Hertz airport transfer service
Air France has furthered its partnership with Hertz in an effort to make getting to and from the airport a more seamless connection for all passengers. On Thursday, the two companies announced a new airport transfer service called Hertz DriveU, which takes all passengers, regardless of class of service, to or from the airport for an added cost.
As an airport transfer service, you can either use it to get to the airport before a flight or once you've landed at your final destination. Hertz DriveU is available at 300 airports in 70 countries, and is available to use before or after both Air France- and partner-operated flights. The service offers five types of vehicles: Standard (Toyota Prius or similar), Premium (Mercedes E Class or similar), Luxury (Mercedes S Class or similar), Green (Tesla Model S or similar) or Van (Mercedes V Class or similar).
For pickups originating at the airport, a driver will greet you in the arrivals area with a sign. The price that you agree to when pre-booking is set, meaning there is no surge pricing as you might experience with a ride-hailing app. Finally, for airport pickups, drivers will wait up to 90 minutes at no extra cost, depending on the vehicle booked. If your flight is delayed, the service will track that information to make sure the driver is at the airport when you are.
Travellers wanting to use the Hertz DriveU service will need to pre-book up to three hours before the transfer. If needed, you can cancel the service for free up to one hour before the booked pickup time.
Best of all about the service is that you'll earn valuable Flying Blue miles for each trip you book through the service. Members of the Flying Blue program will earn 3 miles per dollar, euro or pound spent on the Hertz DriveU service. So, for example, if you book a ride from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the Ace Hotel, prices on a date in late December start from $126. With that, you'll earn 378 Flying Blue miles, which are worth about $4.50 based on TPG's current valuations. Compared to an Uber trip on a given day, the prices look to be quite reasonable and mostly in-line with what you might expect to pay otherwise.
Air France already offers complimentary Hertz DriveU transfers for La Première passengers at the airline's hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). In a press release, the airline said that it plans to open that complimentary service at more airports in the future.
Overall, this is a nice addition from Air France and Hertz to expand upon a partnership to allow travelers to earn bonus Flying Blue miles for airport travel. While the number of miles you earn per ride likely won't earn you enough for a redemption right away, if you're to use the service regularly, the Flying Blue miles could add up.