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Now that they've seemingly made their impression upon locals across America, we've seen all sorts of attempts by ride share services Uber and Lyft to break into the tourism market the past few months, turning their attention to hotel guests. The Hyatt app now includes the Uber app within it, and Lyft gave guests of the Vagabond a code to use for $25 off their first ride. The latest spotting comes from the Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki, where cards offering a free $30 ride greets guests upon check in.
The catch is that you have to be a new user to redeem the deal - obviously the goal is to get new people to sign up, though it'd be nice if they threw a bone to those of us who are already members, since taxis are everywhere in Waikiki, and it is sometimes easier to just step outside and have staff whistle a cab than go through the process of requesting a private ride.
Vagabond Inn isn't exactly the design-forward, amenity-loving hotel brand that millennials are (supposedly) going after these days but a few of the budget hotels in Southern California are getting hip to an app the young kids love.
Vagabond Inns have partnered with Lyft, the pink moustache-wearing ride-sharing service that lets you book and pay for a pick-up via your smartphone. Guests at VIs will get a complimentary first ride worth up to $25, provided they are a new user to Lyft. All guests have to do is call the front desk for the special offer code and put it into the app when booking their ride.
Meanwhile, rates at a Vagabond Inn probably won't be much more than that free Lyft plus breakfast and WiFi are included.