UPDATE: BlackBird has been acquired by Surf Air. The promotions listed below may have been discontinued. See Surf Air for more promotions.
BlackBird (flyblackbird.com) is now offering a $10 flight credit for your first booking when you use a referral code. You’ll also get a $10 bonus credit for each person you refer to the flight-sharing service (after they’ve made their first booking). See other referral opportunities here.
BlackBird’s Hitch service is the UberPool for private planes. It works the same way Uber and Lyft does, matching you with pilots and riders who are heading to the same destination. But at a much lower cost than if you were to book the flight solo.
Find out more about BlackBird and its current offers below.
BlackBird $10 Welcome Bonus
Get a $10 credit to use towards a BlackBird booking with this offer.
To qualify, download the free BlackBird app. Then, enter the referral code YXQST during or after registration.
BlackBird $10 Referral Credits
Get $10 in BlackBird credit for each person that books their first flight using your referral code. Each of your referrals will also receive a $10 credit to use towards a BlackBird booking. See the referral page here.
BlackBird takes an Uber-like approach to flying on private planes. Pilots offer their planes and skills on the BlackBird platform. When you book a BlackBird flight, you and whoever else on your flight are basically leasing the plane and route from the pilot for a short period of time.
BlackBird is purely a peer-to-peer service that links you and other consumers with licensed pilots. The company does not own or operate any of their own aircraft.
There’s no membership fee. Simply download the app, pick a route, a plane and a pilot, then pay with your credit card.
Most routes are focused on the West Coast of the United States. Almost all advertised flights center around the Los Angeles metro area and the San Francisco Bay Area. Destinations include Carlsbad, Mammoth Lakes, Monterey, Napa Valley, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Truckee/Lake Tahoe.
BlackBird also offers a few routes on the East Coast, Manhattan to Boston, East Hampton, Martha’s Vineyard and more. Other destinations include Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Richmond (VA) and Washington D.C.
You can book non-advertised routes, but these are usually much more expensive.
There’s no set pricing for BlackBird flights, as they vary day to day, by route and by plane. But in general, shorter routes, less luxurious planes at off-peak times are cheaper.
If you’re looking for private air travel on the West Coast, BlackBird is a solid option. It’s a great alternative to car trips and commercial flights, especially for those who live near a regional airport. Try BlackBird now and get a $50 credit for each of your first three flights!