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You can now earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles on Lyft rides

Nov. 02, 2022
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There's great news for Alaska Mileage Plan members who ride on Lyft: The two companies have launched a partnership allowing Mileage Plan members to earn valuable Alaska miles on all Lyft rides in the United States and Canada.

Here's what you need to know about this new partnership, which was first reported by One Mile at a Time.

Earning Alaska miles on Lyft rides

An Alaska Airlines Airbus A320. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY

You can earn 1 mile per dollar on all Lyft rides in the U.S. and Canada.

However, through Dec. 31, Mileage Plan members will earn 2 miles per dollar spent on all Lyft rides in the U.S. and Canada.

Members will need to link their Lyft and Alaska accounts at AlaskaLyft.com. Once your accounts are linked, you'll automatically start earning Alaska miles on all your Lyft rides within the U.S. and Canada. Best of all, there's no limit to the miles you can earn.

Remember that you'll only earn Alaska miles on the base fare of your Lyft ride, so ancillary fees like bridge tolls, taxes and driver tips won't earn you extra miles.

Related: Your complete guide to earning and redeeming with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Linking your Lyft and Alaska accounts

To link your Lyft and Alaska accounts, head over to AlaskaLyft.com. Then, select "Link your accounts." You'll be prompted to log in to your Mileage Plan account and agree to the terms and conditions.

Next, you'll be redirected to sign in with Lyft and agree to Lyft's terms and conditions.

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Your Lyft and Alaska accounts will then be linked.

Related: 5 ways the TPG staff would redeem 70,000 Alaska miles

Selecting the best Lyft rewards partner

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Lyft riders can earn points and miles on one of three points currencies. You can change your rewards partner by going into the Lyft app and tapping the three horizontal lines in the top left corner. Then select "rewards" and "change travel partner" to toggle between Hilton Honors, Delta SkyMiles and Alaska Mileage Plan.

Here are your rewards options, including the return you can get on your rides based on TPG's valuations:

Hilton Honors, up to $10,000 per year:

  • 3 Hilton Honors points per dollar spent on private Lyft rides in the U.S. (1.8% return).
  • 2 Hilton Honors points per dollar spent on shared Lyft rides in the U.S. (1.2% return).

Delta SkyMiles:

  • 2 Delta SkyMiles per dollar spent on airport Lyft rides in the U.S. (2.82% return).
  • 1 Delta SkyMile per dollar spent on non-airport Lyft rides in the U.S. (1.41% return).

Alaska Mileage Plan:

  • 2 Alaska Mileage Plan miles per dollar spent on all Lyft rides in 2022 in the U.S. and Canada (3.6% return).
  • 1 Alaska Mileage Plan mile per dollar spent on all Lyft rides in the U.S. and Canada (1.8% return).

As a reminder, you can only select one reward partner. With plenty of sweet spots in the Alaska Mileage Plan program, and since Alaska Mileage Plan miles aren't transferable from the major credit card transferable currencies, I'll be switching my preferred Lyft rewards partner to Alaska Mileage Plan.

Related: Easy ways to earn bonus rewards on Lyft rides

Earning more points on Lyft rides

You can redeem Alaska miles to fly Cathay Pacific business class. JUSTIN CHIN/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES

I wrote an article several months ago on how you can triple stack on your Lyft rides. The Chase Sapphire Reserve earns an astonishing 10 Ultimate Rewards Points (20% back at TPG's valuations) per dollar spent on Lyft. And the following Chase cards earn 5 points or 5% per dollar on Lyft:

You can also link your credit card to Dosh to earn extra cash back that you can transfer to PayPal or Venmo for free.

Related: Extended: Earn up to 10 points per dollar on Lyft with Chase through 2025

Bottom line

Alaska Mileage Plan miles are some of the most valuable and aren't transferable from the major credit card points currencies. Now, Alaska Mileage Plan members can earn miles on all Lyft rides in the United States and Canada. It took me about two minutes to link my accounts, and now I'll be earning valuable Mileage Plan miles on my Lyft rides.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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