JetBlue and Lyft have announced that they will be ending their partnership to earn TrueBlue miles on rideshare services as per September 9th, 2019.
Currently Lyft is the only rise share service that allows users to earn frequent flyer points since rival UBER ended the partnership with SPG a few years ago.
Currently you can earn TrueBlue points by taking Lyft rides to and from airports where Lyft operates. You’ll earn 30 points per Lyft Classic, Plus, or Premier ride–up to 1,200 points annually.
This will cease on September 9th, 2019 as per the following announcement:
After three great years, Lyft and JetBlue have decided to part ways as of 9/9/19. It’s been quite the ride, and both Lyft and JetBlue thank you as one of the many TrueBlue members who took part in this partnership. We realize that being able to earn TrueBlue points on airport rides (and linking your TrueBlue and Lyft accounts) has been a convenient perk. Stay tuned as we look to roll out new ones in the future.
This is rather unfortunate even though the ability to collect points was always limited to airport rides so a pretty boring partnership unless you’re doing a lot of airport transfers with them. Personally I usually have a rental car that I pick up/drop there.
Is there an alternative?
Yes, actually there is. In May John wrote about the option to collect Hilton Honors points when using Lyft and this partnership will remain intact for the time being.
You can access Hilton’s page for this partnership here.
Note that you don’t earn Hilton Honors points for taxes, fees, tolls and tips. There is a yearly cap of $10,000 for earning points under this partnership. You must link your Lyft and Hilton Honors accounts.
Lyft only operates in the United States and select cities in Canada. Members elsewhere won’t benefit from this partnership. Lyft and Uber have both just reported big losses despite and increase in revenues. Time will tell how long these companies can stay afloat and how their valuations are justified despite continued loss making.
For those affected by the TrueBlue exit from the Lyft operations maybe the Hilton Honors partnership will be a new alternative especially since it’s not limited to airport rides.