Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Chase has quietly added Air France Flying Blue as a transfer partner to the Chase Ultimate Rewards program.
That’s great news because it adds a new way to book SkyTeam flights, like those on Delta, Air France, Alitalia, and more via points you earn from a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Ink Plus Business Credit Card.
It also makes Flying Blue miles among the easiest to earn, joining Virgin Flying Club and Singapore KrisFlyer among the frequent traveler programs that are partners with all 3 major transferable bank point programs – Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Amex Membership Rewards.
Chase Ultimate Rewards points also transfer to these airline programs:
Chase’s website says most Air France Flying Blue transfers are instant, which is great news.
You can review our cheat sheet on how to use Air France Flying Blue miles for help, including a complete list of partners like Alaska, Japan Airlines, and Copa.
Flying Blue miles of course can be used on Air France and KLM flights, though you’ll pay fuel surcharges for them. The good news is they’re not quite as bad as those on British Airways across the Atlantic, and they’re very small for flights within Europe.
But Flying Blue miles are good for getting you to Europe on Delta flights with no fuel surcharges, which is a big plus, since the previous options to book Delta flights with Ultimate Rewards were more restrictive.
Korean Skypass adds fuel surcharges to Delta flights to Europe, and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is hit or miss when it comes to adding connections to your flights without charging more.
With Flying Blue you can get to Europe for 50,000 miles roundtrip in Economy, and Israel is included in the definition of Europe.
Or you can fly Delta’s business class for 125,000 miles roundtrip with no fuel surcharges. Connections from Delta to Air France within Europe are possible, and surcharges on the shorter Air France flights are reasonable.
There are also some interesting deals to the Caribbean like Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname for 12,500 miles one way, and Hawaii for 15,000 miles one way on Alaska or Delta, with connections allowed.
Air France also releases monthly ‘promo awards‘ which offer discounts to selected destinations, like Boston to Europe in Business Class for 46,875 miles one way, a 25% discount off the usual price.
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