Whether it’s biking, light rail, or driving, Sacramento residents can now earn rewards simply by commuting how they do every day.
The City in coordination with Sacramento Regional Transit and Sacramento State have announced a new partnership with Miles, a rewards platform and app that delivers value for every mile traveled. Users who choose alternative modes of travel or eco-friendly forms of transportation — such as walking, biking, carpooling or transit — are rewarded even more.
Available on iOS and Android, Miles allows anyone with a smartphone to earn miles as they travel. Designed to work seamlessly in the background, Miles automatically logs each trip from point A to B and the mode of transportation, while keeping data completely private.
“Miles is an innovative program to incentivize low carbon travel options and helps the City meet its ambitious climate and mobility goals,” said Hector Barron, Director, Public Works, City of Sacramento.
To get started, consumers simply download the Miles app. Users can easily view their miles earned per trip, and receive personalized rewards that are redeemable either online or at a nearby store.
In addition, residents will be eligible to compete in special carpool, transit or bike challenges to earn additional rewards, such as an Amazon or Starbucks gift cards, or other discounts from local retailers and merchants.
The City is conducting a four-month pilot with Miles. Anonymous travel data received from the pilot program will help the City with future transportation planning efforts and to encourage sustainable travel options.
“Our vision at Miles is to deliver value for every mile traveled, across every mode of transportation, while also rewarding people when they choose alternate or more sustainable forms of travel” said Miles co-founder Paresh Jain. “We’re excited to partner with Sacramento on their goals to reduce traffic congestion and incentivize greener travel through local rewards and challenges.”
Based in San Jose, the Miles app first launched in July 2018 and has seen rapid growth since. To date, Miles users have earned a total of more than 270 million miles, redeeming approximately 40,000 rewards, with an average value of $20 per reward. Today more than 75 brands offer exclusive rewards through the platform.