Published On: Thu, May 18th, 2017

Lyft Joins Delta's SkyMiles Loyalty Program

PHOTO: Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-451 plane. (photo via Flickr/ikarasawa)

Delta Air Lines has announced a new partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft, offering travelers more opportunities to earn SkyMiles every time they request a ride.

SkyMiles members will be able to bank miles for every Lyft ride and bonus miles for a limited time during travel to and from the airport.

With Lyft becoming the exclusive rideshare partner for Delta, SkyMiles is now the only major airline loyalty program in the United States giving its members the opportunity to earn miles through any Lyft ride. 

“We’re thinking about our customers’ whole travel experience and it’s important that Delta customers are taken care of not just in the air, but on the ground,” Delta’s vice president Sandeep Dube said in a statement. “We want Delta customers to choose the brands that they love throughout their journey, and be rewarded for it because they are SkyMiles members. That’s why we’re excited we’ve found a good fit with Lyft.”

As for how it works, travelers can take advantage of the partnership by linking their SkyMiles and Lyft accounts. All SkyMiles members are eligible, and for those who aren’t signed up yet, it’s a free process for both the Delta and Lyft programs.

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Customers can earn one mile per dollar spent on all rides.

For a limited time, new riders can earn a $20 credit broken down into two $10 Lyft ride credits and two bonus miles for a total of three miles per $1 spent on Lyft rides to or from any airport location.

“We are proud to announce Delta as our newest strategic partner, an iconic brand in the transportation landscape,” Lyft chief business officer David Baga said in a statement. “In working with the Delta team we discovered that our two companies share similar values, emphasizing customer focus and having employee-centric cultures. This first-of-its-kind partnership rewards our customers while providing them with a seamless end to end travel experience.”

The partnership with Lyft is the latest move by Delta, which also launched a working relationship with Airbnb in November 2016, offering SkyMiles members the chance to earn miles as a host or as a guest in millions of homes around the world.

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