Nowadays I largely rely on Uber for ground transportation in cities where public transportation isn’t great.
However, I’ve also started using Blacklane, primarily for airport pick-ups. Blacklane is essentially a competitor to UberBLACK. The difference is that if you order a Blacklane airport pick-up, you’ll be met in the arrivals hall by your driver.
In many cases I find this to be money well spent, given the number of times I’ve had serious issues with taxi pick-ups at airports. Also keep in mind that many airports have banned Uber, so in those airports the choice is often between a private car service (in this case Blacklane) and a taxi.
Anyway, one of the cool things about Blacklane is that you can earn miles for the cost of your transfer. They have several airline partners, and ordinarily you can earn two miles per EUR, GBP, or USD spent.
At the moment there’s an opportunity to earn even more miles. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lufthansa Miles & More, Blacklane is offering 10 Lufthansa miles per dollar spent. This promotion is valid for bookings made during the month of September, and for rides through December 31, 2018.
There’s no registration required, but rather you just have to enter your Miles & More number during the booking process, and miles should post within 6-8 weeks of the qualifying ride.
You can typically cancel Blacklane rides up until an hour before they’re scheduled, so you can always speculatively make some bookings now for later in the year, in order to lock in the 10x miles.
While this probably won’t tip the scale in terms of whether or not it’s worth using Blacklane, this is a nice reward for anyone who uses Blacklane anyway, and I’d certainly recommend switching my airline mileage earning preference to take advantage of this.
If you value Lufthansa miles at 1.2 cents each, that’s the equivalent of a 12% return, for example. Then if you pay with a card like the Citi Premier℠ Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve®, you’d earn 3x points per dollar spent on the purchase price, since this would be coded as travel.
This isn’t the only promotion to earn Lufthansa miles at the moment. Hilton is also offering 2,500 bonus Lufthansa miles per stay through October 31, 2018. That’s in addition to all the points you’d usually earn.
If you don’t yet have a Blacklane account you can receive a 20% discount on your first ride by using promotion code 6X6KHRHN during the booking process (this can be entered right after you enter credit card information). We receive a future discount as well, and appreciate the support!
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)