Chase Sapphire Preferred® Airline Transfer Partners

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sapphiretransferOne 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 our favorite U.S. program — 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:

United Airlines

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.

Southwest Airlines

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.

British Airways

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.

Korean Airlines

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.

Virgin Atlantic

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.

Singapore Airlines

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.

Other partners

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.

How the transfer works

See our illustrated guide to the transfer process here.

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.

You can learn more about the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card® by reading our review or read our guide to its many travel protection options.

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14 thoughts on Chase Sapphire Preferred® Airline Transfer Partners

    1. MileCards

      @Millsy – No you can’t transfer directly to Delta SkyMiles. But there are 3 ways to use Chase points on Delta flights:

      1. Transfer to Virgin Atlantic – you can book Delta flights as long as Delta makes them available at the ‘Saver’ price (for example, 25,000 for a domestic roundtrip). One catch is that if you are going from the U.S. to another country, like France, if you have a connecting flight in the U.S. you’ll be charged separately for that flight.
      2. Transfer to Korean Skypass – same story as Virgin Atlantic, though they don’t charge extra for connecting flights.
      3. Buy Delta tickets using your points at UltimateRewards.com. Every 1,000 points in your account is worth $12.50 in airfare, so 10,000 points gets you $125 worth of Delta flights.

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    1. MileCards

      @Joe – Yes, step 1 is to transfer the miles to your Southwest account. Step 2 is to move those miles from Southwest into an AirTran account. You’ll need 19,200 miles to get a roundtrip AirTran flight.

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    1. MileCards

      @Erin – Unfortunately no there isn’t. The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express earns miles you can transfer to Alaska though.

      Reply
  1. David

    Do you know if the sign-up bonuses are available if I have other Chase credit cards? I’ve never had a Sapphire of any type before.

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  2. Johnny

    If I were to transfer 25,000 points from Chase Sapphre Preferred into Korean Airlines SkyPass account, does this mean I can then you those 25,000 SkyPass points towards any SkyTeam carrier flight, such as a Delta flight?

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. MileCards

      @Johnny – Yes, you can use them for any SkyTeam carrier – but that carrier must have award space available. In Delta’s case it must be at their ‘low’ award level, which when you search for awards on Delta.com is the ‘green’ colored availability on its calendar.

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      1. MileCards

        @Beverly -

        Yes, you definitely can. Just login to http://www.UltimateRewards.com and select ‘Earn Faster’, then ‘Combine Ultimate Rewards Points.’

        There, select ‘Other’ as the account you want to transfer to and enter your husband’s name and account number.

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