Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partners

Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

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If you are serious about maximizing your Ultimate Rewards points, then you’ll want to take a deep dive into Chase’s list of travel partners.

If you own a premium Ultimate Rewards card – including the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Ink Business Preferred Credit Card – then you have the option to transfer points to 13 outside loyalty programs – including nine airline partners and four hotel partners – at a 1:1 rate. This list includes several major airlines – such as United and Southwest Airlines – giving you a lot of options for travel.

As you can see from the chart below, point transfer is a convenient and valuable option. Most transfers take place instantaneously, and you can get a very high return on your points if you have the patience and flexibility to find an available seat or hotel room that falls within the sweet spot of a loyalty program’s rewards chart:

Ultimate Rewards airline partners

  Transfer Time Point Value
Singapore Airlines
Same day
2.36 cents
British Airways
Instant
2.26 cents
Iberia Plus
Instant
1.7 cents
Southwest Airlines
Instant
1.6 cents
JetBlue Airlines
Instant
1.53 cents
United Airlines
Instant
1.52 cents
Air France/KLM
Instant
1 cent
Aer Lingus
Instant
1 cent
Virgin Atlantic
Instant
0.8 cent

Ultimate Rewards hotel partners

  Transfer Time Point Value
Hyatt Gold Passport
Instant
1.43 cents
Ritz-Carlton Rewards
2 days
1.22 cents
Marriott Rewards
2 days
0.8 cent
IHG
1 day 0.65 cent

Once you transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to an outside loyalty program, you are subject to the rules, fees and price charts of that program. Unlike the Ultimate Rewards portal, which doesn’t enforce any seating limitations, you may also have to deal with blackout dates and other limitations on rewards seats.

Which means, you’ll want to take extra care to check availability before you transfer your points – since your point transfer is non-reversible, you may find yourself stuck if the seat disappears before you have a chance to book your rewards flight.

Airline alliances can take you almost anywhere

Your flight options extend beyond the list of airlines partners above. Several of Chase’s airline partners are part of an airline alliance, giving you access to an even wider network of airlines. Using the rewards charts and rules of a particular airline’s loyalty program, you can use your points to book flights on any of the partners within that airline’s alliance.

Ultimate Rewards airline alliances

 
British Airways
Oneworld Alliance
Singapore Airlines
Star Alliance
Iberia Plus
oneworld Alliance
Southwest Airlines
None
United Airlines
Star Alliance
Air France/KLM SkyTeam Alliance
Aer Lingus
oneworld Alliance
Virgin Atlantic
oneworld Alliance

As you can see from the chart below, these three alliances cover most of the world’s airlines, which means you have the potential to find rewards seats practically any place you want to travel:

Airlines in each alliance

 Star Alliance Airlines Oneworld Alliance Airlines SkyTeam Alliance Airlines
ANA
American Airlines
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Asiana
British Airways
Aero Mexico
Austrian
Cathay Pacific Airways
Air Europa
Avianca
Finnair
Air France
Avianca in Brazil
Iberia
Alitalia
Brussels Airlines
Japan Airlines
China Airlines
Copa Airlines
LATAM Airlines
China Eastern
Croatia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
China Southern
EgyptAir
Qantas
Czech Airlines
Ethiopian Airline
Qatar Airways
Delta
EVA Airways
S7 Airlines
Kenya Airways
Juneyao Airlines


LOT Polish Airlines


Lufthansa


SAS


Shenzhen Airlines


Singapore Airlines


South African Airways


SWISS


TAP Portugal


THAI


Turkish Airlines


United Airlines


Learn the guidelines for each transfer partner

Finding the best partner to transfer your points to can be a tricky affair. Not only do you have to deal with blackout dates, seating limitations and complicated rewards charts, but loyalty programs (especially airline programs) often come with a dense list of guidelines that limit how you can use your rewards. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of each program – e.g., whether you can book one-way and open-jaw tickets, routing restrictions, hidden costs and fees (many airlines include fuel surcharges that can equal the cost of your airfare) – to find the best value for your rewards.

Our most popular travel rewards card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred card

Why should you get it?

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card offers a huge 50,000-point bonus and a 25% bonus on travel redemptions through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Also – with bonus points on travel and dining purchases and no foreign transaction fee – it makes a great travel companion.

More things to know: 

  • 50,000 bonus points if you spend $4,000 in first 3 months
  • 2 points per dollar on dining and 1 point per dollar on other purchases
  • 25% bonus when you redeem points through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • No foreign transaction fees

 

See Related: Why are Chase Ultimate Rewards points so valuable?, Chase Ultimate Rewards cards, 8 ways to earn Chase Ultimate rewards points, Best ways to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points


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Updated: 11-19-2018