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Uber's partnerships with Hilton, Starwood make travel more seamless

 

Uber has become a staple for many travelers around the world, and despite some less than desirable headlines recently, the ride-share company (which is worth an estimated $62 billion) has turned into the girl that every travel company wants to dance with.

From airlines to hotels, Uber’s partnerships span the travel industry, and ultimately, travelers are the ones benefiting.

This week Uber announced it was expanding its partnership with Hilton (HLT) by integrating the two companies’ apps. Now, guests staying at a Hilton can order an Uber straight from the HHonors app, making the process of getting transportation to and from the airport virtually seamless. Travelers must have both apps downloaded on their smartphone in order for this to work.

And passengers riding in an Uber can now tap the “view stay details” option on the Uber app, which will direct them to the HHonors app. There, they can check in, make a room selection, and request a digital key. Essentially, it allows them to bypass the check-in process at the counter.

The relationship with Uber and Hilton originally started last September, when they unveiled the ability for guests to use the HHonors app to set automatic reminders to request an Uber. Guests could also use their HHonors app to access a guide of restaurants, bars, and other hot spots Uber riders frequented.

Hilton is just the latest travel-related company to partner with Uber and its eight million users. Here are some other deals Uber riders might want to be aware of when they’re on the road:

Starwood

In February 2015, Uber and Starwood (HOT) worked out a deal where Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members would earn one “Starpoint” for every U.S. dollar they spent with Uber.  Furthermore, if a guest is staying at a Starwood hotel and uses Uber, they earn an additional 2 Starpoints. That number jumps to 3 Starpoints if you’re a gold or platinum member, and 4 Starpoints if you’re a Platinum member with 75 nights.  Starpoints can be used towards booking rooms, flights on Delta Airlines,, and discounted tickets to music and sporting events.

After linking your SPG and Uber accounts, guests simply have to log one stay per calendar year at any Starwood hotel to start earning points.

American Airlines

The partnership between Uber and American Airlines (AAL) has some great perks, but only for select members.

Travelers who have American Airlines Executive Platinum status or own an AAdvantage Aviator Mastercard will get a one-time coupon for $25 off their next Uber ride. Even better, Uber riders who pay using their AAdvantage Aviator MasterCard will earn 2 bonus miles per dollar on rides until July 31, 2016.

IHG

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the parent company for major hotel brands like Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, and Crowne Plaza. Like Uber, they operate all over the world, so it’s only fitting the two companies would partner up.

IHG Rewards club members who are new to Uber can sign up using an IHG promo code which makes their first ride free (up to $20) and rewards them with 2,000 IHG Rewards Club points, which can be used toward a future stay.

Like Hilton, IHG guests can set Uber “ride reminders” before their stay, and starting this year, they will be able request a ride from within the IHG app through the Uber app.

United Airlines

If you log into the United Airlines (UAL) app, you can book a trip, check your flights status and order an Uber.

That’s right, under the reservations tab there’s the option to order a car to pick you up or take you to the airport. Like many of the other partnerships, you must have both apps downloaded for it to work.

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