Alaska Airlines and Lyft have launched a partnership, allowing Mileage Plan members to earn miles for Lyft rides. This is awesome!
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Earn 1-2x Alaska miles per dollar spent with Lyft
It’s now possible to earn Alaska Mileage Plan miles for Lyft rides:
- Ordinarily you’ll earn one Mileage Plan mile per dollar spent on Lyft rides
- Through December 31, 2022, you’ll earn two Mileage Plan miles per dollar spent on Lyft rides
This is only valid for rides within the United States and Canada, and there’s no cap on how many miles you can earn with this partnership. Miles should post within 24 hours of an eligible ride, and you only need to link your accounts once. Only the base fare is eligible to earn miles, and not taxes, fees, tolls, and tips. Furthermore, bike and scooter rides are not eligible for earning miles.
Personally I value Alaska miles at 1.7 cents each, so to me this is the equivalent of a 1.7% return on spending with Lyft in the long run, and a 3.4% return on spending with Lyft for the remainder of 2022.
How to register for the Alaska & Lyft partnership
In order to participate in this partnership, you need to visit alaskalyft.com, and link your accounts. This should be an easy process, and requires signing into your Mileage Plan account and then signing into your Lyft account.
You’ll also want to make sure that Alaska Airlines is selected as your preferred Lyft partner. You can do this by:
- Opening the Lyft app and going to the “Rewards” menu
- From there you’ll want to scroll down to the “Travel Rewards” section, and then tap the “Select a Partner” button
- There you’ll want to make sure Alaska Mileage Plan is selected
Is this the best Lyft travel partnership?
Lyft only lets you earn miles or points with one travel partner, so how does the new Alaska partnership compare to existing partnerships? Lyft also has partnerships with Delta SkyMiles and Hilton Honors, so members can alternatively earn bonus rewards as follows:
- Hilton and Lyft have a partnership offering 3x Hilton Honors points per dollar spent on US Lyft private rides, and 2x Hilton Honors points per dollar spent on US Lyft shared rides, on up to $10,000 of spending per year
- Delta and Lyft have a partnership offering 2x Delta SkyMiles per dollar spent on US airport rides and 1x Delta SkyMiles per dollar spent on all other US Lyft rides
Personally I think the Alaska partnership is the most lucrative of the bunch. Previously I considered the Hilton partnership to be better than the Delta partnership, but now I’d consider the Alaska partnership to be even better (not just for the rest of 2022 for when you earn double miles, but even beyond that).
Take advantage of the Chase & Lyft partnership
Chase and Lyft have a partnership, whereby several cards offer bonus points on Lyft spending. Through March 31, 2025, the following Chase credit cards are offering bonus points on Lyft rides:
- The Chase Sapphire Reserve® (review) offers 10x points on Lyft rides
- The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (review) offers 5x points on Lyft rides
- The Chase Freedom FlexSM (review) offers 5x points on Lyft rides
- The Chase Freedom Unlimited® (review) offers 5x points on Lyft rides
- The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card (review) offers 5x points on Lyft rides
- The Ink Business Cash® Credit Card (review) offers 5x points on Lyft rides
- The Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card (review) offers 5x points on Lyft rides
To take advantage of this, just add your eligible Chase card to your Lyft profile, and use it to pay for rides. There’s no limit on how many bonus points you can earn, and this can be stacked with earning Alaska miles, Delta miles, or Hilton points.
If you don’t have one of those cards, make sure you’re using one of the best cards for ride sharing purchases. For example, the American Express Green Card (review) offers 3x points on travel, while the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) offers 2x points on ride sharing.
The information and associated card details on this page for the American Express Green Card has been collected independently by OMAAT and has not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Alaska Airlines and Lyft have an awesome new partnership, allowing you to earn Mileage Plan miles for Lyft rides. For the remainder of 2022 you can earn 2x Mileage Plan miles per dollar spent with Lyft, and after that you can earn 1x Mileage Plan miles per dollar spent with Lyft.
I’d consider this to be the best Lyft partnership so far, and I’d recommend choosing this in place of the Delta SkyMiles or Hilton Honors partnerships. Along with earning 10x points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve, I’m a very happy Lyft customer.
What do you make of the new Alaska & Lyft partnership?