New Girl in the Air highlights several ‘miles for car service’ offers.
I was particularly interested to see 500 miles for your first use of Groundlink and then 1 mile per dollar thereafter with your choice of American, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Alaska, Frontier, Hawaiian, Icelandair, AviancaTaca LifeMiles, or Priority Club (or, apparently, Best Buy).
With your first booking you need to use promo code POINTSGL. Within a couple of weeks after you earn miles you’ll receive a ‘claim code’ e-mail from Points.com to redeem your points.
Becky also notes offers from ExecuCar (the SuperShuttle car service) and Carmel.
I’ve been using GroundLink quite a bit, first when they ran a flash sale via Jetsetter and I was able to grab a San Francisco airport car transfer for $14. And then when I was able to do another one via Groupon or LivingSocial for $29.
Overall I’ve found them pretty reliable and I like their mobile app for ordering cars, tracking their arrivals, and handling receipts. They’re quite reasonable and I’ve often found good discounts as well.
I love their app, once you set up an account they recognize your phone and a couple of taps on their app and they send a car to your current location, or you can text the pickup location to them. A car arrives, you tell them where to go, and they charge you based on time and distance.
On Saturday I grabbed a lobster roll in the middle of nowhere a few miles from Logan airport, and the cab driver who took me there was concerned to leave me along with my luggage, however would I get where I was going? A couple of taps on my phone and a black car showed up, $35 all-in later (including an $8.50 airport toll) and I was checking into my hotel. Not the cheapest ride ever, more money than walking a mile to public transit, but this was a few miles on the other side of the airport from downtown.
When I got into the elevator to check out of the Intercontinental Boston, I tapped a couple of times on my phone. I stopped by the desk to have the hotel email me my folio (it never arrived), and by the time I walked outside a black car was waiting. Groundlink wanted a whopping $63, Uber was $38.50.
In that case, I’ll definitely take Uber — without the miles! — over Groundlink.
What’s more, they have a ‘refer a friend’ offer where if you sign up through a referral link you get a $10 credit to start. The referrer gets a $10 credit as well. (Feel free to leave your own referral link in the comments if you’d like.)
So far Uber is in only some of the most major cities and decidedly not all — Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington DC.
Notably absent, to my mind, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Phoenix. But they’re growing.