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How to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to travel partners
Chase Ultimate Rewards are one of the very best point programs in existence. A large part of the Chase ecosystem is created around this program and one of its best features is its ability to access valuable transfer travel partners. What do I mean by this?
Chase offers the ability to convert your Ultimate Rewards into one of their travel partner programs via transfer. When you do this, you’re taking your Chase Ultimate Rewards and populating points or miles into that travel program to use within its system. The reason you’d do so is because that system has advantageous redemption options that make it more valuable than using within the Chase Ultimate Reward system.
Utilizing this technique is how I’ve been able to extract so much value from my points over the years and flown like this over and over again.
Chase Cards that I would recommend:
Note that in order to transfer into travel partners you need to hold a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Chase Ink Business Preferred. The other cards mentioned below are amazing cards in tandem, but earn cashback. These points can be combined into a one of the 3 aforementioned premium Chase cards in order to access transfer partners, but can’t transfer if you hold them on their own. This is why I strongly advocate holding at least one Chase premium card and a Freedom Unlimited/Ink Business Unlimited since this will increase your earn rates and give you the possibility of transferring into partners.
- Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter premium card and one that I actually carry
- I use my Chase Sapphire Preferred as a cornerstone card.
- Chase Freedom Flex and Chase Freedom Unlimited have amazing offers currently running and I would highly recommend both cards
- They were improved in September of 2020 and at least one should be in your wallet
- They offer higher category bonuses than the Chase Sapphire Preferred so if you were to hold both, you could earn more points, but have the ability to combine points and access transfer partners.
- I currently keep a Chase Freedom.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve has an increased offer currently running and comes with added perks and benefits
- This is the most premium card that Chase offers. I personally don’t carry it, but it comes packed with perks and benefits.
- Chase Ink Business Preferred is one of the best business cards you can carry and I actually have two of them in my wallet ( different businesses )
- 3x on a litany of categories and earns transferrable points
- Chase Ink Business Cash
- rotating quartely 5x categories make this a great card to keep in your wallet to maximize spend
- I hold this card as well
- Chase Ink Business Unlimited
- Get 1.5x on every single purchase your business makes.
- I hold this card as well
Chase Ultimate Reward Travel Transfer Partners
Chase has a total of 13 travel transfer partners and will be adding Aeroplan later this year. That will be an incredible addition to the fleet of travel transfer partners and make the program even more valuable.
Why would you want to transfer points into a partner program?
The most simple explanation is you can get a lot more value out of your points this way. It’s not guaranteed, but it’s how I have made use of my points more often than not. For instance…
Example: Emirates Business Class Flights
Here is a roundtrip business class flight from Newark to Athens on Emirates. I used my Chase Sapphire Preferred to search for flights in the Chase Travel center, and also looked on the Emirates website to see how many points it would require if I transferred them into their program.
Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer 1:1 into Emirates, or can be redeemd at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Center with Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Business Preferred and 1.5c with Chase Sapphire Reserve.
- Transferring to Emirates would cost 90k points and $165
- Redeeming in the Chase Travel Center would cost me 269k points
Clearly it’s far more advantageous to transfer. The biggest caveat is finding the award space on the Emirates site.
How do you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to travel transfer partners?
Step 1: Log in to your Ultimate Rewards account and click those 3 horizontal lines
Step 3: Select the partner you wish to transfer into
You’ll see a list of Airlines and Hotels:
Step 4: Let’s use Hyatt as an example
Select it form the list and click transfer points
Step 5: Enter your account information
Step 6: Transfer your points
You’re all done! Let’s Recap
Using points that you earn off of your suite of Chase cards can unlock a plethora of aspirational redemption opportunities that can make your bucket list travel dreams come true. This is how I make use of MOST of my Chase Ultimate Rewards and hopefully this guide will make transferring points much easier.
What are some dope ways to use Chase Ultimate Rewards?
Check out Virgin’s new Upper Class aboard the A350.
We transferred Ultimate Rewards over and flew it for 47.5k points and $600
You can fly Air France Business Class for 60k
I booked a roundtrip Business Class ticket on Iberia using just 68k points.
You can read our review here
Or transfer to Hyatt and stay in entry level to truly aspirational world class properties.
We used Hyatt points to stay in a wide array of properties, but none have been quite like the Alila Villas Uluwatu which we consider to be the best Hyatt in the world.
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