Need a lift? Uber, Alaska Air offering free rides to Seattle airport

uberalaskaIf you’re flying out of Seattle-Tacoma International on Dec. 23 or 24, Uber and Alaska Airlines are offering up a sweet deal: Free rides to the airport.

On either of those days, customers — whether or not they’re flying with Alaska Airlines — can simply use the Uber app to request a ride to the airport. Alaska Airlines will cover up to $50 for your ride, and you’ll need to pay for the remaining charges past that.

You won’t need to do anything special with the app — just request a ride to Sea-Tac and the discount will automatically be applied to all rides (one per user).

I just ran an Uber fare quote from downtown Seattle to the airport, and here’s what I got:

  • UberX: $36-to-$44
  • UberBlack: $50
  • UberSUV: $65

uberxSo, if you live more than 25-to-30 minutes from the airport, you may need to pay a few extra bucks. But still — having Alaska Airlines cover $50 of the ride is a nice holiday gift.

Worth noting here that Uber’s surge pricing model, which changes rates based on level of demand — rates often go up when more people need rides — will be deactivated during the promotion:

Meanwhile in Seattle, the City Council continues to debate the legality of ride-sharing startups like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. Current proposals would limit the amount of UberX vehicles to just 100, and drivers would only be able to work 16 hours per week (UberX is different than Uber, which is categorized as a limousine service).

Those regulations have frustrated the companies, including Uber Seattle general manager Brooke Steger, who said that ”placing arbitrary limits on the number of drivers that can use the Uber app, and the number of hours they can drive, hurts all Seattleites.”

  • Kevin Foreman

    Great PR stunt. Congrats. I wish I would have thought of it. :-)

  • That Guy

    Free is a good deal. Of course, when they jack up their prices by as much as eight-fold at other times, maybe it’s not such a good deal. And let’s hope the Uber car doesn’t get into an accident, because we really don’t know what insurance they’ve got since they won’t disclose the specifics of their policy.

    • Jay

      Good to see Yellow Cab is making its rounds on the Internet trying to support their cause!

      • That Guy

        So, sockpuppet, you really think I’m from Yellow Cab? Astroturf much, do ya?

    • Sarah c

      You don’t know what you’re talking about. Ride sharing companies provide 1 mil policy in case the drivers personal insurance won’t pay enough or at all.

  • Viet Nguyen

    Free rides to the airport? That is one helluva deal. Speaking from customer experience, Uber is a remarkable company with an amazing product. Keep it up, guys!

  • Guest

    Great! This turf war between Delta and Alaska Airlines has yielded some fabulous benefits. Delta is offering loads of free miles and new nonstops. Alaska is giving me free sedan rides. It’s a fantastic time to fly so frequently!