American Airlines has announced a partnership with ride-sharing app Uber at 11 U.S. airports to ease "door-to-door" transportation to and from the airport. From today's announcement:
Added functionality in the American Airlines app will guide customers to the nearest Uber pickup location at the following airports:
- Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)
- Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
- Los Angeles International (LAX)
- New York’s John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
- New York’s LaGuardia (LGA)
- Philadelphia International (PHL)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
- San Francisco International (SFO)
- San Jose International (SJC)
- Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA)
Customers not currently signed up for Uber can use the code RIDEAA when setting up their Uber account to receive a $20 credit on their first ride. AAdvantage Executive Platinum members will receive a a code for $25 off their next Uber ride, regardless of whether they are an existing customer. From February 7 through July 31, customers who pay for their ride with the AAdvantage Aviator MasterCard "will earn two additional bonus miles for every $1 spent."
I have only used Uber once with a friend who was an existing customer. It was a good experience but a little weird climbing into a stranger's car who pulled up in the front of our hotel. I can't say I would not do it again, but I don't see myself becoming a big user of the service. However, for those of you who love Uber - and there are many - this could be a great benefit to seamlessly link your flight times with the ride-sharing service.
Also, I found it interesting that the only card that will receive bonus miles under the promotion is the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator MasterCard. I have always considered the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select Card to be the primary American Airlines credit card partner. After all, the Aviator card is the rebranded US Airways Premier World MasterCard. I am not sure that there is any significant meaning to this, but I do find it curious. Perhaps this is part of an effort to keep Aviator cardmembers from cancelling. I recently decided to keep my Aviator card and cancel my Citi/AAdvantage card due to a promotion where I can earn 15,000 bonus AAdvantage miles.