Delta Airlines and Lyft Announce Partnership Changes

I traveled quite a bit prior to the pandemic. The travel has decreased dramatically over the past two years. I sincerely believe 2022 will be a rebound year for my personal travel, as well as an increase overall in the travel/hospitality sector. When i did travel a bunch, my main method of transportation to a given airport was ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.

These options to get to/from the airport are much more convenient and cheaper than a taxi, in most cases. I was today years old when I found out that Lyft and Delta Airlines had an existing partnership. A partnership that was established more than four years ago.

On December 15th, the companies released a joint statement to announce changes. The changes are:

⁃ Linked Delta and Lyft account members will receive reminders of upcoming travel with Delta through the Lyft app and via email.

Lyft will introduce in-ride flight status which will display a user’s upcoming flight number, destination, departure time, boarding time, terminal number, and gate number.

Lyft riders will earn 4 miles for every $1 spent on all Lyft rides to or from any US airport between December 16th and January 9th.  After the season ends, the riders will continue to earn 2 miles for every $1 spent on airport rides, and 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other Lyft rides within the United States.

Within the announcement was a hyperlink for riders to connect their Delta SkyMiles and Lyft accounts.

Once the accounts were linked, the page displayed instructions to ensure Delta SkyMiles was selected as the preferred travel award in the Lyft app.

I opened the Lyft app, selected ‘View Profile’, selected ‘add rewards program’, and selected Delta SkyMiles from the two options (the other being Hilton Honors). The entire process took a grand total of five minutes.

Final Word

I do not know how I missed this partnership. There was a time when I was overly loyal to United Airlines (Star Alliance) but with my reduction in travel, I have become something of a “infrequent flying” free agent. The hope is to enjoy multiple airlines prior to settling on a reward program. Here’s to increased travel and mileage earnings in 2022.

What do you think of this partnership?

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