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How Chase Sapphire Preferred mile transfer works (illustrated)

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transferpartnersOur favorite feature of the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is the ability to transfer points 1:1, most of the time instantly, into several lucrative airline and hotel point programs. They include

  • United Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Korean Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Singapore KrisFlyer
  • Amtrak
  • Hyatt
  • Marriott
  • IHG Hotels
  • Ritz Carlton

And you’re not limited to just those airlines. For example, once you transfer your points to United miles you can redeem on flights flown by its partners including Air Canada, Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Avianca, TACA, Thai, Singapore, ANA, Asiana, and more. When you transfer to British Airways points you have access to American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Japan Airlines, and more.

Here’s how the transfer works…

1. Have an account set up in the partner you want to transfer into. It’s free if you don’t already have one. But if you do have one with points, make sure you find the account number for that one so you’re adding to your existing points. The account can be a family member or friend’s too if you want to add to theirs.

2. Log into your account at www.UltimateRewards.com. It’s the same login you use to manage your credit card bill with Chase.

3. Choose ‘Transfer Points to Travel Partners’

Ultimate Rewards front page

4. Select the partner to which you want to transfer points 

Ultimate Rewards partner selection

5. Enter the amount you want to transfer and the account to which you want to transfer .

Ultimate Rewards mile transfer amount selection

That’s it, your points will show up in your mileage account shortly, generally it’s an instant transfer.

A few things to keep in mind…

  • Once a transfer is executed you can’t reverse it — so make sure you’re sending it to the right account and double check the name and account number
  • You can send points to accounts in your name, as well as your spouse
  • Point transfers are generally in 1,000 point increments — consider doing a test transfer of 1,000 points before doing a bigger one to make sure you’ve entered the right account information.
  • You can transfer points from you and your spouse’s / domestic partner’s other Chase Ultimate Rewards accounts (like  a Chase Freedom or Ink Bold account) into your Sapphire Preferred® Card’s Ultimate Rewards account. That lets you transfer even more miles over to  airline and hotel partners. Read more about it here.
  • There is no fee for the transfer, and you can do it as many times as you’d like.

Read more…

Review of Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card in depth

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128 thoughts on How Chase Sapphire Preferred mile transfer works (illustrated)

  1. Doc Miller

    So is there no way to do a reverse transfer so you can you the chase card (or any other card for that matter) as a “converter”? I ask because I have 500k United miles that I would love to convert over to Singapore Krisflyer or other Airlines so I can use my miles better without the fees being equal to another ticket (negating the value of the miles)

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      1. Doc Miller

        @MileCards.com I see.. but there is no way to move those miles from United TO chase Sapphire?.. (that would give me the best deal and “currency” to work from).. I mean even if It was a 5:1 its still better value.

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  2. mike

    I have over 400k miles on Chase UR points but every time I try to book any tickets I am not successful in finding the flights. I have made several attempts of using BA websites but I am never able to find any results. I have tried using aeroplan or ANA website to search for seats and call BA located in Japan to book the seats and never found a available seats. I have points but can’t seem to use them for any travel. Currently I am looking to fly from SEA to ICN (south Korea) in June but not finding any results. I am not sure if the problem is with my methods or dates that i am searching.
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mike – Transferring miles to United is your best bet. Plenty of dates in June to fly in Economy for 35k miles one way, or Business for 80k miles one way. Just search on United.com for award travel, and once you see something you like there transfer the miles needed to a United account.

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  3. John

    Hi, thanks for this great web site and the useful information.
    I have a Marriott Rewards VISA signature credit card and an IHG Master Card Rewards Club credit card that my wife and I frequently use. We also have a large number of points on a Wells Fargo VISA card that have been sitting around unused.
    My wife and I are going to be traveling to Europe this summer (via United) and in the fall we will be doing some traveling in the U.S. (United or Southwest?)
    I have neither a United or Southwest Rewards credit card because in the past my employer booked my flights (now retired).
    Any suggestions for a strategy for gaining points for use with United and/or Southwest flights?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @John – The simplest is to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred since you can send points to either Southwest or United any time you’d like.

      Also, if you have a bunch of Marriott points, those can transfer into United or Southwest points as well, though with some dilution. You can see transfer rates here:

      http://www.marriott.com/rewards/usepoints/morerew.mi

      Getting 25k United miles out of 56k Marriott points isn’t a bad trade.

      And if you really want to pile on, holding the United and Southwest branded cards is certainly possible with your good history with Chase. No need to rush into it, but the bonuses are pretty good sized and can pad your account over the course of the year.

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  4. Christa B

    Just for clarification….so I can earn miles and transfer them to British Airways..and then I can go on American Airlines website and book a flight and redeem my “British Airways” miles? I’m new to all of this and looking into getting this card. I also fly Delta a lot…is there a way to transfer to one of their partners… I think Virgin Atlantic? And then book my delta flight after I’ve transferred my miles to Virgin Atlantic?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Christa B – Close…

      You can book American flights via the *British Airways* website, or simply call British Airways to check. Then transfer your points to British Airways when you’ve found available flights.

      For Delta, yes you can transfer to either Virgin Atlantic or Korean Skypass to redeem for Delta flights. You’ll want to call to double check flights are open on the days you want to book before you do the transfer.

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  5. jB

    We have used Chase Ultimate Rewards in the past to get to Bangkok and back from Florida. The ability to transfer points with Korean Airlines and the acquisition of points to Chase Sapphire for using them was a good thing. Dealing through Chase Ultimate Rewards to book was a breeze. My situation now is that my wife and I plan on going back over to Bangkok in the near future. I don’t want to be hassled with trading points for a seat and besides we would like to fly Korean Air or another Airline out of Jacksonville or Tampa. I don’t want to use Delta.
    My point situation is:
    Chase Sapphire Card………………….29,703
    Delta Skymiles (me) ………………….124,937
    Delta Skymiles (wife) ………………… 38,430
    Korean Airlines SKYPASS (me) …. 29,194
    Korean Airlines SKYPASS (wife) … 29,194
    Any ideas on how I can use up all of these points (plus cash) towards two round trip tickets?
    I have never used points other than what I described above.
    Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @jB – The challenge you have is that Korean requires 85,000 miles for a trip to Bangkok from the U.S., so you don’t have enough miles in one account to handle that, even if you transfer what you have in Chase points.

      But for as few as 80,000 Delta miles (40,000 miles each way) you can get a ticket. You’d fly Delta to Atlanta or another Korean Air gateway and fly on Korean onward to Asia. So you need 160,000 miles to cover 2 tickets if you’re flexible with dates.

      You can pay $300 to transfer up to 30,000 of your wife’s Delta miles to your account. That will leave you with 154,937 Delta miles. Then for the remaining 5,100 miles you can buy them for 3.5 cents each ($178 or so).

      http://www.delta.com/buygftxfer/

      Alternatively, open a Delta SkyMiles Amex card to earn the bonus and not pay fees to transfer points. Or earn some extra miles via online shopping via skymilesshopping.com.

      Just search on Delta.com for dates that price at the 80,000 mile roundtrip level and make decisions on transferring and buying miles once you see the seats available on dates that work.

      Then keep building your Chase points for another trip – maybe by the next trip you’ll have enough for the 85k Korean Skypass award.

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      1. jB

        Great thoughts from your side of the fence, so is it really not such a hassle to book seats with Delta? As far as the Delta SkyMiles Amex card goes, well I got one of those in Dec last year, lol. But, I didn’t know about the transfer fee(s) being waived. In this case are you referring to the transferring of my wife’s points being transferred to my Delta account at no charge?
        And I had stopped using the Amex cards for our everyday expenses about two weeks ago and had brought the Sapphire cards out of storage. It sounds like it’s time to put the Sapphire cards back into storage and bring out those Amex cards, right?
        If seats are available for around 80,000 points each, I don’t see a problem of acquiring the needed points by using the Amex cards. If we don’t have enough points can I make up the difference in cash?

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        1. MileCards.com

          @JB – The transferring of points from your wife’s Delta account to yours incurs a charge of about $0.01 per mile. There is a maximum of 30,000 miles you can transfer from one Delta account to another.

          Delta’s award search is pretty easy to use now, and it reliably shows Korean Airlines flights when they are available.

          And an entirely new idea…consider getting a new Membership Rewards Amex to earn an extra bonus. That will earn you the extra 35,000 points you need faster than pulling your existing card out and paying to transfer your wife’s miles. Amex Membership Rewards transfer to Delta with only minimal fees. The Premier Rewards Gold often has a decent deal.

          http://milecards.com/1588417467/a-50000-point-american-express-premier-rewards-gold-offer-for-new-members/

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          1. jB

            Great thought about considering getting a new Membership Rewards Amex to earn an extra bonus, but when I went to the link you supplied I got this message “UPDATE: IT APPEARS THIS DEAL HAS EXPIRED”
            I see a sentence on that same page of yours that states ” You can also see if you’re targeted for larger deals via other channels here”
            Which takes me to ” AmericanExpress.com, You can see deals that you’ve been privately targeted for using this form on AmericanExpress.com”
            Any harm done going here and filling/submitting this form?

          2. jB

            I went to the ” No harm”page and the only card with bonus points was Platinum Card that gave 40,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months, can’t swing that.
            What is the advantage with my wife just buying a ticket with her 38,430 (or should I say 30,000) and the rest with cash and me just using whatever points needed for me to get a ticket. As opposed to me buying her points and then paying cash for the remainder due for the both of us?
            Man, after we swing this it will be back to Chase Sapphire cards exclusively :-)
            Thanking you for your assistance
            j&N

          3. MileCards.com

            @jB – Unfortunately Delta doesn’t offer a part miles / part cash payment option for flights involving partners like Korean Airlines.

            You could try to book a one way ticket for 40,000 miles then pay for the other direction in cash, but it would probably be cheaper to pay the $300 to transfer her miles to your account and buy the remaining miles to get enough for 2 full roundtrips out of your Delta account.

      2. jB

        Where are you finding 80,000 miles round trip JAX to BKK?
        The best I can find is around 115,000 -170,000 plus $76.20
        Thanks

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        1. MileCards.com

          @jB – September for example. Also there are blackout dates imposed by Korean Airlines where no awards are ever available to Delta, and they include

          1.1 – 1.4
          2.17 – 2.23
          7.17 – 8.23
          9.25 – 9.28
          12.19 – 12.31

          It’s easier to do one way searches to find which dates are cheapest, then go back and book the roundtrip once you find those dates.

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        2. jB

          A last thought, I really do want to get away from the Delta reward system What do you think about me using my delta points for my ticket and buying my wife’s ticket with the Chase Sapphire card through Chase Ultimate Rewards as we usually do. Both for the same flight.

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          1. MileCards.com

            @jB – That’s a perfectly viable plan as long as the cash cost of the ticket that has the Delta award seats available is reasonable.

  6. ABS

    When, if ever, are ultimate rewards points converted to B.A. avios? If I were to transfer 30,000 ultimate rewards points to B.A., what will show in my B.A. account – points or avios? how many avios will I effectively have from that transfer in my B.A. account?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @ABS – You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points directly into Avios, 1:1. So 30,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 30,000 Avios.

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  7. Ronen

    Hi,

    I have 54K points with chase sapphire and I am trying to book a flight from Tel-Aviv to San Francisco. If I book through chase my points worth around $600 and there are not too many flight options, I wanted to know if I should transfer my points to British Airways.

    Here are my questions?
    When I transfer the points to British Airways does 1 sapphire point = 1 Avios point?
    Can I save more money by transferring my points to British Airways?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Ronen – You could transfer to British Airways at 1 point = 1 point. The catch is most British Airways awards involve hefty surcharges of around $700 roundtrip, which reduces the value of your award.

      Another option is to transfer to United miles. There you might find a date for 42,500 points one way. You can search for options on United.com

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  8. Tanya

    Hello. I wanna travel from New York to San Juan (Puerto Rico) with my husband. I have 62700 points with Chase SP. What is the best way to use those points, by the partners or through UR? What is better, to get air ticket or book the hotel for that points?? Also my husband has 10000 points with American Airline and I have 1680 with Jetblue.
    Thank you in advance!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Tanya – If you’re flexible with when you can travel, the best deal is to transfer some Chase points to British Airways and fly on the American nonstop from JFK to San Juan. That will cost 20,000 miles roundtrip.

      To do it, create a free account with British Airways, then log in to the British Airways website check dates when flights are available. When you see some that work, then transfer the points to British Airways, and within a few minutes they will be available to make the booking.

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  9. GeeMa

    Our family is planning go go Hawaii from Los Angles in June (4 people) and we have about 54,000 points so far in our Chase Saphhire account. If I transfer the points to United Mileage systerm which seems to cost only 45,000 points VS 56,000 points with chase, do you know if I can transfer all my points to United and pay the difference? Or I can only redeem one tickets and pay for the other three? What is the best way to do?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @GeeMa- Yes you can transfer as many points as you’d like to United. Then buy the other tickets in cash. In your case, you’d transfer 45,000 points over to United for one ticket. Then you can use the remaining 9,000 points to get savings on the other 3 tickets you buy via Chase on the very same flights.

      Just make sure United has seats available at the 45,000 mile level on the flights you want before you transfer.

      One tip though….

      You can get to Hawaii for 25,000 points roundtrip from LA if you transfer your points to British Airways and use Alaska or American Airlines flights from LA.

      You can check award availability on AA.com (they will show a different price there) – as long as it’s an Alaska or American flight (not Hawaiian Airlines), then you can book for the 25,000 point rate.

      So you could book 2 tickets with the points you have.

      Details on that here:

      http://milecards.com/13369/british-airways-avios-award-chart-when-to-transfer-chase-points-for-domestic-flights/

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  10. southerngirl

    I don’t understand fuel surcharges, and was hoping you could explain or point me in the right direction of an article that covers it. In an earlier post you said, “With your Chase points you have about 150k which is enough for 2 roundtrips in coach, or 2 one ways in business class using United miles which don’t have a fuel surcharge.

    If those don’t have roundtrip availability consider booking with United one way and BA, Virgin Atlantic, or Air France miles the other direction via Amex.

    Just note that on coach tickets the fuel surcharges on their own flights run about $250 each way and on business class about $500. If you happen to get an Iberia, Air Berlin, or American flight via BA miles the surcharges will be much less. Air France is in the middle with regard to surcharges and gives you access to Delta flights with no surcharge.”
    Also, when I transferred AMEX points to Delta, Delta charged me $52 to book the 67,500 mile reward ticket. Was that the fuel surcharge? Thanks!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @southerngirl-

      The fuel surcharge is a fee of hundreds of dollars that some airlines charge when you use your miles to book a ticket. If you’re booking an award ticket and the airline asks for $200, $500, or more in addition to your miles when you book that’s probably a flight that involves a fuel surcharge.

      When you use United miles, you never pay a fuel surcharge – they cover them for you.
      When you use British Airways miles you almost always pay a fuel surcharge.
      When you use Delta miles you sometimes pay a fuel surcharge, but only with certain partner airlines. The $52 you saw was probably just regular taxes and fees.

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  11. new cardmember

    I think I read somewhere that points transfer at a higher value from Chase Sapphire into Southwest. We’ve accrued about 52,000 points (on CSP) and it seems that the roundtrip from our area to cancun is about 46K points on southwest. When I do the transfer should I transfer the 46K, or can I do fewer because they will be worth more?

    Thanks.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @new cardmember – It is 1 for 1, so transfer 46,000 points. What you were reading is referring to the fact that a Southwest point can often be worth over 1.4 cents, versus a base of 1.25 cents in value if you book flights straight through Chase.

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  12. Seamus

    Thank you very much for this great service you are offering!

    I have been using US Airways to accumulate miles and am happy with their program. I fly regularly between the India and the US, Business Class is only 120K miles.

    If I get the Chase Sapphire Preferred and want to transfer the bonus to US Airways, I have to go through British Airways–right? My queston is, will my bonus miles go right into my US Airways Dividend miles account? If yes, that means I will be able to continue my India flights using only 120k miles. Or if not, and I have to book the flight through BA…will I still somehow be able to fly Business Class 120k to India and also combine the Chase miles with my existing US Airways Miles? Or will BA charge me higher miles to make the trip?

    Secondly, I have recently read, I am not sure where, that British Airways will charge their fuel surcharge on SOME of their partners, and not on others. This could be the deal maker or breaker for me…do you know if BA charges fuel surcharges on flights booked through them for US Airways flights? Also, someone wrote somewhere that BA is difficult to deal with if you are using them to book a flight on one of their partners…could you comment on this? Thanks very much!

    Seamus

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Seamus – Unfortunately the Sapphire points don’t transfer directly into US Airways accounts. For getting to India you’re probably best off with US/AA miles for now thanks to the availability of Etihad and Qatar Airways awards. With the Sapphire Preferred you could transfer to United and book Air India or (much harder to find) United’s own flights there. It’s 160,000 points roundtrip for a Saver award on Air India or any of United’s other partners like Lufthansa. And half that price for a one way award.

      Though one thing you should also look at…

      Business class fares *from* India can be quite cheap, especially if you’re leaving from a city that’s not Delhi or Mumbai. We’ve seen fares as low as $2,000 roundtrip in Business Class. So you could book a one way award on the way there from the US, then fly a cheap cash ticket on the way back.

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  13. Jack

    I just received the 40K points sign-up points and was wondering if I could transfer half of the points to my fiancee’s United account to book rewards flights on United for our honeymoon. Technically she won’t be my spouse when we make the flight reservations. If I transfer all of the points to my United account, can I use the points to reserve her flight as well? I know with Southwest I can, but I am not sure how United’s point system works. Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @MarkfromtheFort – Yes, you can use them – but you’ll need to call the Chase travel hotline to book, as their flights don’t show up using the Chase website.

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  14. thanksforyourhelp

    I’ve recently starting using the chase sapphire card and booking flights via the ultimate rewards booking tool. I know with a regular fare-paying flight you have 24hrs to cancel for a full refund. Does the same apply with points? Thanks — very valuable site!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @thanksforyourhelp – That’s a good question – yes if the airline will refund the ticket Chase will refund the points if you booked it via the Ultimate Rewards booking tool.

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      1. thanksforyourhelp

        I love the Southwest credit card (with the 50K bonus) due to the ease of cancelling or modifying flights. You can cancel or change flights online for free, points returned automatically. And if your flight price drops, you can rebook and get the difference…. I guess I’ve become spoiled by the flexibility.

        Do you know of other credit cards that offers anything similar?
        I am willing to take a slight hit on the points to dollar redemption value. Thanks!

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        1. MileCards.com

          @thanksforyourhelp – British Airways points let you refund for free when you cancel online. They only have one price level for awards, so there is no rebooking to get the difference situation. You can use them for flights on American, Alaska, and US Airways. The Chase Sapphire Preferred might be a card to consider since it transfers to both Southwest and British Airways.

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  15. Johnny

    Hey there, I have about 10,000 miles on my united right now. If i get this card, and get the 40,000 bonus miles after 3 months, transfer it to United, I will have 50,000 points and technically be bumped up to their gold status? Silver and gold status is 25k and 50k respectively

    Any holes in this thought?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Johnny – Unfortunately these miles don’t count toward Premier qualification. That is earned by actual flight miles, and they are counted in as separate balance, your ‘Premier Qualification Miles’ balance.

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      1. Doc Miller

        @Johnny but one thing that might help you is the points that you spend on buying tickets from chase, the flights themselves earn qualifying miles/dollars so that will help you reach your status goals (slowly sadly but it helps)

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  16. Mike

    Would I be able to transfer my 40k Chase Saphirre points to Virgin Atlantic and then transfer those Virgin Atlantic points to Hilton Honors points? Or do the transferred points lock into the first transferred loyalty program.

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  17. jason

    Korean air is not point transferable airline partner anymore?
    I can’t find Korean Air at “transfer your points to Frequent Travel Programs” website.
    I haven’t received any notice from Chase, but I have brochure when I enrolled card.
    Please explain about this, and add Korean Air.
    Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Evilena – You can transfer the points to British Airways to book on American. That will generally cost between 25,000 and 37,500 points or so depending on the city you are departing and how many connections are involved. You can create an account at BA.com to check availability and prices using British Airways points on American flights.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Julie – It generally hits with the statement for that month. So if you hit $4,000 in February, then when your February statement is generated (sometime in March) they should hit.

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  18. Nick

    Thanks so much for this website. I recently flew business with Emirates and have about 44k miles with them. I also have about 88k miles with the Chase Preferred and 50k miles with Delta Skymiles. Is there a way for me to transfer these miles to Emirates (i.e. Chase -> via Korean -> Emirates) so I can book a flight Emirates. I guess I’ll need to purchase a full economy price ticket and upgrade using miles (140k miles which I’ll be short but can buy up to 25k miles ?)

    Thanks for any help!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Dave – Unfortunately no you can’t mix and match those points. But you can use them to book US Airways flights. Either consider a transfer to British Airways and book via their point prices, or consider using UltimateRewards.com to book. When you do that every 10,000 points is worth $125 in flight value, and you’ll earn US Airways miles for the flight if you put your frequent flier number in the reservation.

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  19. selectiveins

    Hi
    I have had the CSP for a year now and have about 120K points on it. I have a trip to Asia in summer and wanted to see if I can transfer these points to an airline partner like BA/ United/ Virgin to get status in these airlines? Would you recommend doing this?
    Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @selectiveins – Unfortunately transferred points won’t earn you status. You can only earn status on BA, Virgin, or United by flying actual flights with them paid with cash rather than miles.

      But those 120k points would be great for getting free travel. Another alternative is to use the points to ‘buy’ your ticket to Asia. When you book via the UltimateRewards.com booking portal your points are like cash. So when you buy a ticket there the airline treats it like a cash ticket, and the miles you fly will count toward earning status.

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      1. selectiveins

        Thanks for quick reply. So do you even recommend I move these awards to an airline or just book through UR. Also one important reason for this question is because, this trip coincides with my 10yr anniversary and was trying to see how I can get business class roundtrip tickets the cheapest way.

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        1. MileCards.com

          @selectiveins Status won’t help you much with getting business class tickets. If that’s what you’re after then transferring to United or Korean would be your best bet. Remember you can book one way tickets so use one program in one direction and another for the other direction if it means getting better flights.

          Unfortunately 120,000 miles will not quite get you both in business class. The cheapest would be to go with Korean and fly for 62,500 miles one-way to most of north Asia. United charges 70,000 – 80,000 miles one-way. You can call Korean on 1-800-438-5000 to check flight options on it or its partners.

          For United you can use United.com to look for award seats and check if anything is available when you want to travel.

          Where in Asia exactly are you headed and around which dates?

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          1. MileCards.com

            @selectiveins – If you don’t find flights that suit your needs on the United website, you may want to call in and ask specifically about Air India flights as well. They are bookable with United miles, but only via the phone.

  20. Sam

    Hey there,

    I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and will be coming up on the annual fee of $95 soon. I have 60k Ultimate Rewards points, but I don’t use the card quite as much as I anticipated so I’m wondering what I can do with those points. If I have a Chase Amazon Card as well will these points remain in my account and be usable on travel?

    Can I open a different travel card and roll them over to that account?

    What would you recommend doing with these points if I’m not able to use them before the annual charge in January?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Sam – You can get a no annual fee Ultimate Rewards card – like the Chase Freedom or Chase Sapphire, and your points will remain intact, worth one cent each for travel or cash back. You just can’t transfer them into airline miles accounts. But if you ever get another Sapphire Preferred, you can move them to airline miles then.

      Another alternative if you know you’ll eventually find a good use for the points with an airline transfer partner like United or Southwest is to move the points into airline miles before you close the account. They’ll be safe there regardless of what you do with your Sapphire Preferred. Only catch is you can’t transfer points back from an airline to Chase again.

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  21. Brandon

    I just switched to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, and I’m pretty excited about it. Currently I have all of my points in a BankAmericard Visa, and while I know those won’t transfer over to the new Chase card, is there any way to get those points to transfer into one of the airlines that partners with Chase Sapphire?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Brandon – Unfortunately you cant move those BankAmericard points to another airline. However you can use them like cash to buy a plane ticket or anything else.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Monnie – No, they don’t expire as long as you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire, Freedom, or other Ultimate Rewards based card from Chase open.

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  22. Mohamed Elabbady

    This might be a stupid question but I just want to confirm I am correct. Delta Airline Miles CANNOT be transferred to my sapphire card?

    It wasnt listed as eligible so just making sure I didnt skip over an information.

    Thanks

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    1. MileCards

      @Mohamed – That’s right, Delta is not a partner with the Chase Sapphire Ultimate Rewards program. An additional clarification, points can’t be transferred into Chase, even from partners. They can only be transferred out to programs from Chase.

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  23. Anne lord

    Can I use the miles that I transfer to united for business class travel or am I limited to economy travel with the sapphire mikes

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  24. Ellen

    I have 230,000 points with AMEX. I have just opened Sapphire Preferred and United Mileage Plus cards and anticipate charging the required amounts to get the bonus points (50k each card) . Is there any way or any airline program with a partnered airline that I can use the AMEX, Sapphire and United points to combine for tickets for international travel (Europe)? For instance transfer points from AMEX to British Air (or other) and then transfer Sapphire or United points to BA (or other)? I also have Chase Ink cards with about 58k points accumulated thus far. What’s the best approach? Thanks

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    1. MileCards

      @Ellen- Where in Europe do you want to travel and in what class?

      With 230,000 Amex points you’re almost at the level of 2 business class tickets using Delta miles (they are 100k for flights until May 31, and 125k after). Their avail to Europe is better than it has been in the past, esp to London. It’s 60k for coach flights. No fuel surcharges there.

      With your Chase points you have about 150k which is enough for 2 roundtrips in coach, or 2 one ways in business class using United miles which don’t have a fuel surcharge.

      If those don’t have roundtrip availability consider booking with United one way and BA, Virgin Atlantic, or Air France miles the other direction via Amex.

      Just note that on coach tickets the fuel surcharges on their own flights run about $250 each way and on business class about $500. If you happen to get an Iberia, Air Berlin, or American flight via BA miles the surcharges will be much less. Air France is in the middle with regard to surcharges and gives you access to Delta flights with no surcharge.

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  25. Charles

    I’ve had my Chase Sapphire for just over 2 years and up until now barely took advantage of the buying merchandise via the Ultimate Rewards (UR) mall to rack of bonus points, nor was I transferring points to airlines at 1:1. Now I try to buy via UR portal whenever possible and just signed up for the Chase Freedom to take advantage of the quarterly bonus. (Didn’t know about getting the 5x points then transferring it to my Sapphire Preferred, thanks!)

    My question though is why should I transfer points directly to specific airlines? On UR I get a 25% discount when I redeem with points…and looking at United right now, the prices are the same whether I redeem via United’s website or through the Chase UR website. So why not just redeem via UR? What are the advantages of transferring the points?

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    1. MileCards

      @Charles – You’re handling it exactly right. The only reason you would need to transfer points is if it will cost you fewer points to redeem via the airline directly. For flights, it’s a good idea to first check Southwest, then United to see how many points they are charging on the day you want to fly. Then check Ultimate Rewards itself to see if it will cost more or less. If the flights are similar and United or Southwest cost less, then do the transfer. If they aren’t or cost more then use Ultimate Rewards travel.

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  26. Nate Samueson

    I already have a United mileage plus explorer card. I was considering applying for this card and taking advantage of the bonus. Two questions. Once I transfer those points from this card to my mileage plus account do they act exactly like the other miles as far as purchasing reward travel goes? Secondly, if I get the bonus and send off the points and then close the card before the end of the year, is there a penalty? Are my transferred points (now miles) still good with United? Does this adversely affect credit?

    Thanks

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    1. MileCards

      @Nate – For your first question, yes they act just like your other redeemable United miles. For your second – it’s not a good idea to immediately cancel cards – the bank may view you negatively. But if you come close to the point where the annual fee is due, that’s a good time to think about whether the card is delivering value to you or not. There is not penalty on your United miles once they are transferred.

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  27. Koey

    My friend transfer the chase points to my united accounts yesterday, and it is still not shown in my united accounts. Does it happen before and how long can chase/united fix it cos I need to buy tickets urgently…………..

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    1. MileCards

      @Koey- That is unusual. Officially, you are only supposed to transfer to the account of a family member. Did the points get removed from your friend’s Chase account yet?

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  28. Ram

    With the new card can I buy a ticket for myself and my wife & kid to a round trip from US to Thailand? If so, either using BA or AA, can i see the combined pool of miles for my family or do they have to create their own account with the card and/or airlines?
    I do not want to be the only person earning miles and want to earn them as a family. The tickets costs that we may incur is more than $5000. Will i/we qualify to get those 40K miles in the first 3 months? If yes, how will the points get calculated (~40K + 2K)?

    Thanks,
    Ram

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  29. John Smith

    I have approximately 40,000 Chase Sapphire Preferred points and wish to transfer them to someone else’s United account. Is this possible or can I only transfer them to my own United account?

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  30. Joe

    Can I transfer the miles to United and then use them to fly with any airline in the Star Alliance? I’m interested in flying with Lufthansa.

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    1. MileCards

      @Joe – Yes, you can use them for any Star Alliance airline that has partner award availability. Not every flight will have award seats, but you can definitely book many Lufthansa flights with miles. Just search on United.com and available Lufthansa flights will be included in the results.

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  31. Karth

    If I want to transfer 40 k points from chase to British how many miles I will be getting on BA? And if want to transfer the points from chase to American what is the best option?

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    1. MileCards

      @Karth – 40,000 Chase points = 40,000 BA Avios when you transfer. As for traveling on AA…Avios are a good deal if you stick to nonstop flights. Avios charges separately for each flight segment, so if you do connecting flights you end up paying for separate flights, which can add up.

      You can see about how many Avios you will need for an American Airlines flight using this link

      http://www.wandr.me/Avios-Calculator.aspx

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  32. Simona

    I also have just the “plain jane” Sapphire card, so the “transfer” option is not available. I have other credit cards I use more, so is it possible to open the “preferred” card, transfer the points (over 25K) into that, transfer out to United…? I am not sure about the middle step…
    Thanks!

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  33. Bob

    If I cannot spend $3,000 required to get the 40,000 bonus miles within the 3 months, do I receive a pro-rated amount of miles? For example, how much bonus would I receive if I was able to spend $2,000 within the 3 month time frame?

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    1. MileCards

      @Bob- Unfortunately no, there is no pro-rated amount…you just earn the points for the spending itself. So if you spend $2,000 you’d get 2,000 points from spending, but no bonus.

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  34. Galina T

    If my husband has United mileage account what’s the maximum amount of miles can I transfer to his account if I have 100,000 points on my sapphire preferred card. Can I transfer all 100,000?

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  35. Chang

    My Reward home page don’t have “Transfer Points to Travel Partners” (step 3). What happened?

    Thanks!

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    1. MileCards

      @Chang – Are you sure your card is a Sapphire *Preferred* level? The regular Sapphire doesn’t offer the Transfer Points to Travel Partners option.

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  36. Sam Kumar

    Hi,

    Can I set up the Sapphire card to automatically link to my United Mileage account and transfer the miles automatically? or do I need to do it manually?

    Thanks

    Sam

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  37. GARY

    IF I USE THE CHASE SAPPHIRE TO MAKE MY HOUSE MORTGAGE PAYMENT AND THEN PAY CHASE THROUGH MY BANK ACCOUNT, WILL I EARN MILES?

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    1. MileCards

      @Gary – If your mortgage provider accepts credit cards as a form of payment (which is rare due to the interchange fees they face) yes you would earn miles. But be careful to make sure your mortgage provider isn’t charging a separate interchange fee for the payment, in which case you’re basically paying for the miles with that fee.

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    1. MileCards

      @Theresa – You’ll need to call the number on the back of your card directly to get payment options.

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  38. james parkerson

    i have 75000 miles on united airlines. can i transfer them to this credit card and then use them on any airline

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    1. MileCards

      @James – Unfortunately no it only works the other way around. You can add to your existing United miles from the card.

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    1. MileCards

      @Meredith – It’s unlikely as Delta has an exclusive arrangement with American Express for several years to come.

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  39. Bill

    Is the mile transferred eligible for upgrading the membership tier in a particular airline?
    Example: I have 25k points in chase, then I transfer all of them to united airlines. My membership level in united is normal membership, but since now I have 25k, will my membership be upgraded to premier (require 25k miles flown).

    -Bill

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    1. MileCards

      @Bill- Unfortunately, no. The miles for earning tier status are counted separately from those that can be used toward free flights. The points you transfer from the Sapphire Preferred count toward those that can be redeemed for flgihts and awards, but not gaining elite status.

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  40. Vineet

    Once i complete $3000 spending, how soon does the points get deposited. Is it only after 3 months or is it instantly deposited?

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    1. MileCards

      @Vineet – No need to wait 3 months. The bonus points will post on the statement closing date for the period in which you met the spending requirement. You can ask to set a specific day of the month to be your statement closing date when you call to activate the card.

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      1. Cindy

        Hi, thank you for sharing your knowledge. Quick question regarding hitting the minimum requirement.
        If my statement cycle ends Nov 1, 2013, and I meet the 3K requirement on Oct 31, 2013. Assuming it’s still within the 3 months limit since I opened the card, will I get the points by Nov 2? Or would it be when the bill is due (probably Dec 1)?

        Thank you again!

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        1. MileCards

          @Cindy – Guessing it will hit after your November statement, so early December. That’s because you’re hitting the minimum spend requirement so close to the end of your October statement.

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  41. Martin

    Is there a decent way to use Chase Sapphire points on American Airlines? (I know I could transfer points to British, and then book through their partner airlines options, but the BA booking system for alliance airlines is awful). Any suggestions??

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    1. MileCards

      @Martin – You could use the “points as cash” style option to book a flight but you’re limited to the 1.25 points per dollar value.

      At this point, now that BA has changed its program to be distance based the only worthy redemption on AA is flights 1500 miles or less nonstop on AA (though that value can be quite good).

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    1. MileCards

      @Jim — Unfortunately once miles are in a specific airline’s account you can’t transfer miles from one airline to another. You can transfer your Sapphire Preferred miles into one or both of BA or Continental / United.

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