One of the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card’s most important features is the ability to transfer points 1:1 to airline partners in every global alliance and top hotel partners via the Chase Ultimate Rewards program.
This is a feature American Express Membership Rewards users have grown to love over the years, and Chase’s Sapphire Preferred® Card® is the first major alternative to American Express for airline and hotel point transfers.
We rank it our favorite credit card for airline miles because of its ability to transfer points into one of our favorite U.S. programs — United MileagePlus® in addition to Southwest Airlines, British Airways , Virgin Atlantic, and Korean Airlines.
For business credit card users, the Ink Plus® Business Card from Chase has the same point transfer features as the Sapphire Preferred®, and you can combine points from both cards as well as those of any other cards that earns Ultimate Rewards points like the Chase Freedom Card.
Here is the MileCards.com list of current Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card airline transfer partners:
You can transfer points instantly to your United Mileage Plus account, or that of any member of your household.
United miles can also be used for travel on any Star Alliance partner carrier, including Air Canada, Lufthansa, Swiss, ANA, SAS, Singapore, and many more.
You’ll find sending your points to United useful if you want international travel thanks to all of United’s partners You can get to Europe for as few as 60,000 miles roundtrip and most of Asia for 70,000 – 85,000 miles.
You can search for and book most fights on United.com, but a few like those on Singapore Airlines have to be booked over the phone.
Points can be transferred instantly into your Southwest Rapid Rewards account.
Sending your points to Southwest is often one of the best deals for travel in the U.S. or the Caribbean, with every point wroth over 1.4 cents toward Southwest airfare. That means you can get a $300 ticket for around 20,000 points. Just note these transfers don’t count toward A-List or Companion Pass elite status.
You can send your points to British Airways and use them for travel on any OneWorld carrier, including American, British Airways, Iberia, Japan Air Lines, Cathay Pacific, LAN, and more.
You’re going to want to be careful when using British Airways points for International travel though.
They levy fuel surcharges of around $500 for Economy Class and $1,000 for Business and First Class flights across the Atlantic. You can get around them if you book flights on Air Berlin via Dusseldorf and Berlin or pay smaller surcharges if you fly Iberia through Spain.
You’re often better off transferring your points to United for trips to Europe as they levy no fuel surcharges.
A really good deal with British Airways points is using them to book flights with American, US Airways, and Alaska Airlines. You can get them for as little as 9,000 points roundtrip.
You can transfer your points instantly to Korean Airlines SkyPass mile accounts.
Then you can use your miles for travel on any SkyTeam carrier, including Delta, Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Aeroflot, Air Europa, and more. They levy fuel surcharges on many awards, which are a few hundred dollars for flights to Asia and more on partner flights to Europe.
A good deal with Korean miles is to book Hawaiian Airlines flights to Hawaii for 30,000 miles roundtrip, with no fuel surcharges.
If you transfer to Virgin Atlantic you can use your points to travel on Virgin Atlantic, as well as partners Virgin America, Delta, Singapore Airlines, and more.
Virgin Atlantic levies fuel surcharges of a few hundred dollars on its flights in Economy Class and almost $1,000 for Business Class. You can get around those by booking Delta flights, which cost 60,000 miles roundtrip in Economy Class and 125,000 miles in Business Class to Europe.
Once you send points to Singapore they can be used for travel on Singapore Airlines as well as Star Alliance partners like United, ANA, Thai, Lufthansa and more. Transfers can take 1-2 business days to complete.
If you’re interested in flying Singapore Airlines you’ll pay fuel surcharges of a few hundred dollars, but have access to more award seats than if you used United miles to book Singapore flights. So if you’re interested in flying on Singapore, the best strategy is to check if the flights you want are available using United miles
There are also good deals on United flights to Hawaii and United flights in First Class if you use Singapore miles to book them.
You can also transfer your points to several hotel programs, including Marriott, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, and IHG Hotels. Generally you won’t get great value out of moving miles into hotel points unless you have some points in the hotel program to top off. That’s because hotel rewards cost a lot in points. For example a typical free hotel night at a Marriott can run 40,000 points and save you about $200.
But transferring your points to Southwest can save you over $550 on airfare.
Finally, Amtrak is also a point transfer partner and offers some very good deals that can save you hundreds of dollars for relatively few points.
It’s not the most convenient option, but it is possible to book Delta flights with your Chase Ultimate Rewards points. The catch is you can’t move points and combine them with your existing Delta SkyMiles.
Here are the options:
1. Transfer to Virgin Atlantic
Virgin is a partner of Delta’s, and you can use Virgin points to book Delta flights as long as Delta’s lowest price ‘Saver’ level awards are available. You can check availability by calling Virgin Flying Club on 1 800 365 9500. They can put an award on hold for you for 24 hours, and once you do that you can then transfer points from your Chase account to Virgin to finalize the booking.
Sometimes, the price to use Virgin points on Delta flights is less than what Delta charges its own frequent flyer program members.
2. Transfer to Korean SkyPass
Korean is also a partner of Delta’s and has somewhat more flexible rules for booking than Virgin Atlantic, like no fees for changing or canceling your award tickets. You can book by calling Korean on 1-800-438-5000.
3. Use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points like cash
You can use the Chase Ultimate Rewards booking portal to buy tickets on almost any airline, just like you’re shopping on a site like Expedia.com. Every 10,000 points is worth $125 in ticket value, and you can use as many or as few as 1,000 points if you want, including paying part cash and part points for tickets.
Simply logon to your Chase rewards account online — select the ‘Transfer Points to Travel Partners’, then enter the number of points you want to transfer in 1,000 point increments. You’ll be prompted for the account number of the mileage program you are transfering into, along with your name. The points will usually be transferred instantly, and the name on the mileage account doesn’t have to be yours, it can also be a member of your household or an authorized card holder.
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