Of all aspects of travel, getting to and from the airport is perhaps the least discussed.
Depending on the airport, the options are numerous: subways, trains, buses, taxis, vans, car services, even helicopters.
In the great majority of cases, earning frequent flyer miles for airport transfers isn’t an option, unless you charge the ride to a rewards credit card.
One exception to that rule is GroundLink limo services. According to the company’s website, they offer airport transfers in &quot;every U.S. city and 110 countries.&quot; And they award miles in the programs of American, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, and Icelandair.
You’ll earn 1,000 miles the first time you book a GroundLink ride, and one mile per $1 spent on subsequent transactions. To earn miles, use promotion code &quot;POINTS&quot; when reserving your car.
Unless you’re traveling on business and can expense your transfers, a limo (typically a Lincoln Town Car) may seem like a splurge. But in many cases, it’s only slightly more expensive than a regular taxi.
In New York, for example, GroundLink prices range from $49 to $119, depending on type of car, for transfers between JFK Airport and midtown Manhattan. For context, the flat rate for a yellow cab ride from JFK to the city is $45. And the trip into the city via a shared SuperShuttle van will cost $23.
There are several other options for mileage-earning airport transfers, including the ubiquitous SuperShuttle. Look for a roundup in a future article.
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