JetBlue’s Partnership With Lyft Is Ending Next Month

JetBlue flyers will no longer earn TrueBlue points on Lyft rides to the airport when the partnership ends on Sept. 9, the airline announced in an email.
“We realize that being able to earn TrueBlue points on airport rides (and linking your TrueBlue and Lyft accounts) has been a convenient perk. Stay tuned as we look to roll out new ones in the future,” the airline said in a statement.
Related: Maximizing Points and Miles With Lyft Partnerships
The partnership between the airline and the rideshare app is coming to a close after three years, during which travelers could receive 30 TrueBlue points on airport rides for up to 40 one-way trips, earning a maximum of 1,200 points a year.
Even though JetBlue’s deal is ending, frequent fliers hoping to double-dip rewards through Lyft have other options. Delta offers riders one SkyMile per dollar for every eligible ride taken through the app, while rides to and from the airport reward two miles per dollar. Hilton Honors members can also receive points for their Lyft rides.
Users still have exactly one month before the JetBlue and Lyft partnership expires, so try to take advantage of this deal before it disappears. If you haven’t already linked your accounts, find out how to do so here. And eligible new users could earn 750 TrueBlue points (worth $9.75 based on TPG’s most recent valuations) or $15 off just by taking their first ride.
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Register Now For 5% Cash Back on Gas Stations, Uber and Lyft With Discover

One of the best reasons to keep a Discover it® Cash Back card in your wallet is its rotating quarterly cash back bonus calendar. There’s no annual fee to hold the card, and the bonus categories tend to be ones that people actually use.
Discover card members can register now to earn 5% cash back at gas stations, Uber and Lyft, in a promotion that runs from April 1 to June 30, 2019. The 5% bonus applies to your first $1,500 in purchases across the three categories. Purchases made at gas stations affiliated with supermarkets and supercenters may not be eligible. Purchases made through Uber Eats don’t qualify, and purchases of Uber and Lyft gift cards may not be eligible.

Purchases made using tap-and-pay, mobile or wireless card readers, virtual wallets or similar technology will not be eligible if the technology does not provide sufficient transaction details for rewards qualification.
Rewards will be added to your account within two billing periods.

This card is similar to the popular Chase Freedom in that it earns 5% back on your first $1,500 in purchases at rotating quarterly categories (upon enrollment). You still have time to register for this quarter’s bonus category (grocery stores), and you can look forward to earning 5% back on restaurants between July and September, then on between October and December.
If you’re new to the world of Discover, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to Discover cards.

Holiday Offer: Use This Promo Code to Get 10x Delta Miles on Lyft Airport Rides

Delta flyers have been collecting miles on each Lyft ride since mid-2017, with a tie-up between the two enabling linked accounts to earn one mile for every dollar spent on daily Lyft rides (excluding taxes, fees, tolls and tips) as well as three miles per dollar on all trips to/from airports. If you’ve yet to connect your two profiles, you can do so here.
Don’t be surprised if you see Delta jets meandering through the streets this holiday season
From Dec. 14, 2018 through Dec. 25, 2018, Lyft users who have their accounts linked to their Delta SkyMiles account can earn a total of 10x (ten SkyMiles per dollar spent) if entering the following promo code in their Lyft app: SKYMILES10X.

The code will trigger an additional eight miles per dollar spent (excluding taxes, fees, tolls and tip) on eligible airport Lyft rides in the US, and two additional miles per dollar spent on all other eligible Lyft rides. Only rides completed after successfully entering the promotional code on the Lyft app will qualify for the additional bonus miles.
If you use a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or the Chase Sapphire Preferred to pay for your trip, you can earn the usual 3x or 2x points, respectively, on top of the SkyMiles, plus an added 1x if using those cards via mobile wallet (Apple Pay or Google Pay) for a limited time.
Delta has a history of partnering with startup transportation companies. You can earn SkyMiles when staying at an Airbnb, for example, and last month the company began offering helicopter transfers through BLADE between JFK and Manhattan.
10x the luggage deserves 10x the miles (Photo by Darren Murph / The Points Guy)
Additional terms and conditions are as follows: “This limited-time offer cannot be combined with other mileage bonus offers. By entering the SKYMILES10X promotion code you agree to these terms and you agree that Lyft, Delta and the third party hosted site may share your information for the purpose of tracking and processing your miles into your SkyMiles account or sending you targeted offers and may use anonymized, aggregated data for business analytics and offer optimization. Miles may take two (2) weeks or more to be awarded to Delta SkyMiles accounts.”
According to TPG’s monthly points and miles valuations, Delta SkyMiles aren’t the most valuable points currency out there, with each point worth just 1.2 cents. Additionally, Delta has massively devalued its awards program over the past few years and earned a reputation for making it difficult to redeem SkyMiles at reasonable rates. Still, if you use Lyft, it could be worth signing up for this promo — every mile counts!

Tips for Navigating New York City With Kids

Despite the intimidating swarm of foot traffic (and regular traffic) across the streets of New York, this is one of the easiest cities to navigate in the nation —  even with kids.
If your family getaway is entirely within New York City, do not rent a car. Not only is it extremely expensive, but you’ll also have to deal with tolls, traffic and outrageously-priced parking in most areas. And let’s not forget that driving within the city is a pretty stressful experience. Instead, I recommend sticking to a more “authentic” Big Apple experience: one enjoyed on foot, on the subway and in an iconic yellow cab or ride-sharing service vehicle.
Avoid making these 11 common mistakes and follow this guide to help your family navigate New York City like a pro.
Getting to New York City from three major airports
While traveling within the city is easy, unfortunately, there are some challenges you’ll encounter when traveling to Manhattan from the three major airports that service the New York City-area. (As innovative as New Yorkers may be, we really haven’t developed efficient infrastructure for trips between downtown and the trio of nearby airports.)
From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK):
The AirTrain operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is by far the easiest and most affordable way to travel between JFK and Manhattan. For just $7.75 ($5 AirTrain fee plus $2.75 MTA subway fare), you can ride between Midtown in under an hour. Kids under 44” (up to 3 years old) travel for free with a paying adult. For a faster connection, you can travel via the AirTrain and LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) for $15 per person, which gets you into Penn Station in just about 35 minutes. The AirTrain is free within the airport for terminal transfers.
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In my experience, no matter what time of day your flight is, traveling to JFK by car is almost always a nightmare. That said, if you’re traveling with kids and a lot of luggage, it might be preferable to take an Uber or Lyft: just allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination.
If you are working with a very, well, comfortable budget, the fastest way to get between Manhattan and JFK is undoubtably by helicopter, with BLADE seats available from $295 per person.
JFK AirTrain
From LaGuardia Airport (LGA):
As you may have already noticed, LGA is currently undergoing major renovations, which are expected to be complete in 2020. Two years later, the airport plans to welcome a LaGuardia AirTrain, meaning there will finally be a connection between LaGuardia and the subway system. Until then, expect some slowdowns at LGA. Believe it or not, public transportation at LGA is still fairly easy. There are a number of options such as the Q70 bus, or you can take the M60 bus to Astoria Boulevard and then transfer to the subway line (the N or W to Times Square). You’ll pay only $2.75 per person and get to travel as locals do if you go that route. For first-time visitors, however, an Uber or Lyft is also a great option.
Laguardia Airport in New York. (Photo by JasonDoiy / Getty Images)
From Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): 
Some say LGA is the best airport for quick access to Manhattan, but depending on the time of day, I’d argue that EWR is the best of all three. Sure, the airport is actually in a different state (New Jersey), but it’s an easy gateway to downtown and midtown Manhattan. You can take an easy AirTrain between EWR and New York Penn Station in 45 minutes.
For traveling families who would prefer a ride, you can get from Newark to Times Square in just 40 minutes (and downtown in under 30 minutes) depending on the time of day. While many ride-share drivers shuttle travelers between EWR and the city all day long, it’s hard to guarantee your ride will have a car seat. If you travel with your own car seat, you can install it for your child before the ride. If you’re not, reserve one with a car service such as ABC Limo or Empire Limo.
Riding around on the subway
Riding the subway in New York City is an accessible and affordable option that will give your family a glimpse of what it’s really like to live in the Big Apple. The fare is $2.75 each time you ride (transfers included), and for longer stays, you can opt for a seven-day MetroCard with unlimited rides for $32. (Put the MTA tickets on your Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x points.)
The best part about traveling as a family on the subway is that children shorter than 44 inches can ride for free on all trains and local buses when accompanied by a paying adult. That alone can help make a New York City trip with a family very affordable.
(Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The official rule is that strollers must be folded and stowed on subways and buses — but in practice, you’ll see plenty of parents pushing small children in a stroller on the subway. To be safe, take a simple, compact umbrella stroller that’s easily collapsible. Young children are permitted to sit on the laps of adults, and it’s wise to keep them seated at all times: though the kids might think the subway car is like a theme park ride, I’ve seen countless tumbles even from grown-ups.
Using ride-share apps and traditional taxis
According to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission website, the iconic yellow cabs are exempt from car seat rules. Of course, if you bring your own car seat (such as the Doona), the driver must allow you to install it. If you don’t have one, children under the age of seven are permitted to sit on an adult’s lap in the back seat of the cab.
Uber and Lyft are widely used in New York City, and if you’re like me and prefer to haul less gear when traveling with kids, you can request a ride right from your app that has a car seat. UberFamily uses the IMMI GO car seats that are appropriate for children between 31” and 52,” and from 22 to 55 pounds.
Strapped into the Uber car seat in NYC (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
In the same way New York City has an excess of bagel shops, the city also has a surplus of ride-sharing apps. If you’re not a fan of Uber or Lyft, you can try Arro (which lets you hail a yellow cab and pay digitally); Juno, Groundlink, Via and Bellhop, which just debuted this summer.
Making use of the “Hop-On Hop-Off” buses
Yes, Hop-On Hop-Off buses are extremely touristy — but don’t totally dismiss the idea. These tours can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the city, and the kids will think the double decker is a treat.
Most companies offer a daily pass with unlimited stops, allowing you to explore the city at your own pace, and stop fretting about how you’ll get from Point A to Point B, at least for a little while.
Photo by Cris Tagupa on Unsplash
Cruising on the New York City Ferry
Kids love boats, and parents love not sitting in traffic. If you’re looking for an affordable, guaranteed traffic-free ride between boroughs, consider a trip on the NYC Ferry.
For just $2.75, you can cruise the East River and admire all the same skyline views you’d get from an expensive dinner cruise. Most of the ferries are newly renovated and offer both beer and wine on-board (for parents) while little ones enjoy a snack. The ferries sail directly under the famous Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
Though you can take a cruise simply to enjoy the ride (and the scenes of New York), families interested in exploring more than just Manhattan can use ferries to easily travel between all the boroughs, islands and city beaches, including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx; Roosevelt Island; and Rockaway.
Walking around New York City with kids
New York City is truly one of the world’s greatest walking cities, it’s my favorite way to explore the Big Apple (on a nice day, at least). During gridlock traffic and rush hour, where subway cars seem like sardine cans, it can even be quicker (and more comfortable) to simply walk from place to place.
For the most part, Manhattan is just a big grid, and the numerical streets increase as you go uptown, and decrease as you go downtown. It’s quite simple, and especially scenic in some areas — especially Fifth Avenue to admire the fancy window displays of all the luxury stores. During the holidays, you can stroll past Rockefeller Center and get a glimpse of the big Christmas tree.
If you’re prone to getting, well, disoriented, know that downwtown was built well before the rise of city planning, so the streets in lower Manhattan are a maze of narrow, meandering stone paths.
The ice skating rink and Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center are seen from above in New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
And though it’s easy to feel mesmerized by all of the sights and sounds, be attentive and courteous, as New Yorkers tend to favor a faster pace than tourists, and absolutely always have somewhere to go (even when we don’t).
In Manhattan, the sidewalks are well paved, flat and there are large crosswalks at every intersection. As long as you’re paying attention, it is pretty safe and easy to push a stroller and take in the city. As with any new destination, hold hands, stay vigilant and keep the kiddos close at all times.
What are favorite ways to navigate New York City with your family? Chime in with your tips and tricks below!
Angelina Aucello covers family travel for TPG and blogs at Angelina Travels. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram.
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