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Earn Airline Miles for GroundLink Airport Transfers

Earn Airline Miles for GroundLink Airport Transfers

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 "every U.S. city and 110 countries." 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 "POINTS" 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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  • JNA

    There’s more than “one execption to that [earning frequent flyer miles for airport transfers isn’t an option] rule”: Shuppershuttle/Execucar has been awarding miles for rides for a number of years. At least with USAir; not sure about other partners. and ExecuCar

  • Airport Chauffeurs London

    Another option is to reserve a private-ride van, useful for larger families or groups. The ultimate experience is to arrive to London airport in a sedan or limo. Sedans are typically Lincoln Towncar-type vehicles that accommodate 2-3 passengers, while limos can be as long as buses and hold an entire bachelorette party.Airport Chauffeurs London

  • James Jonathan

    Thumps up to this company. I have no problem contacting when I need this company 100% less hassle.