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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
  • 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 for 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.

Once you transfer to another airline program, the price you pay in points is set by the airline program, not Chase. So for example if you are thinking about transferring to United MileagePlus, use United.com to check prices in miles and get a sense of what your points will get you before making a transfer.

You might also want to check out our guide to some of the best uses of your Ultimate Rewards points for flights.

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 in your name or your spouse’s name.

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

3. Choose ‘Transfer Points to Travel Partners’

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4. Select the partner you want to transfer your points into

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5. If you already have an account with an airline, enter your existing information so you can add to points you already have. If you don’t yet, set up a new one and enter the information here.

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6. Enter the number of points you want to transfer

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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 anyone in your household who is an authorized user of your card
  • 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 your 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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257 thoughts on How Chase Sapphire Preferred mile transfer works (illustrated)

  1. Lisa

    Has the Chase Ultimate rewards page changed? I know in the past I was able to transfer points to airlines with no problem. I just logged in and I no longer see the drop down selection of transferring points to a partner airline.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Lisa – We still set it listed as ‘transfer points to travel partners’ under ‘use points.’

      Do you have a Sapphire Preferred card?

      Reply
  2. Colleen

    Hello, I have Delta miles that I would like to convert to United miles. Is this a 1:1 conversion with this card? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Colleen – Unfortunately there is no option to convert Delta miles into United miles at a 1:1 conversion. You can use the miles from this card to book Delta flights, or United flights, but you can’t turn Delta miles into United miles.

      Reply
  3. DanHarb

    Hi,

    Great info here. I am looking to book a trip to Japan in April-May for me and my wife. I have around ~100K points and am looking for the best deal, trying not to spend too much cash. Air Canada seems to have some very cheap flights, so is the best plan to transfer to United MileagePlus and then book an Air Canada flight through that? Or would there be a cheaper option (Korean Air looks expensive?).

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @DabHarb-

      1) First, check the airfare for your flights.

      Then multiply the airfare by 80.

      That will tell you how many points you’ll need if you just use Chase points to book the flight directly.

      2) Search for flights on United.com to see if the price in miles there is more or less than the price just using Chase points directly on the days you want to travel. Just check the ‘Award Travel’ box next to the flight search to see prices in miles.

      3) Check if the price in miles on KoreanAir.com is more or less on the days you want to travel. Here’s how to do that:

      http://milecards.com/1588425472/how-to-check-korean-airlines-award-space-for-skypass-members/

      That should give you a sense of which is the best option.

      Reply
  4. rb

    Hi :)

    Is the transfer of points one-directional? That is, from UR Chase Sapphire mile to a partner? Or may I transfer from say, United into my UR Chase Sapphire miles?

    Also, are miles earned only valid for transfer at end of every billing cycle, or could I earn miles for a purchase today and transfer them as soon as they post to my account in one or two business days?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @rb – Yes it is one directional. Once you transfer out to a partner, you can’t transfer back into Ultimate Rewards.

      And the miles post when your statement for that billing period is generated, so you’d have to wait until that happens.

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      1. rb

        Thank you for responding! I thought as much :(

        I’m 400 miles short on my Southwest flight purchase, and am a little under 1000 points in my UR account so cant make the transfer. Bummer! Have a whole bunch of United miles, but no good flight timings to fly with kids on my travel segment!

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          1. rb

            Ooh, that’s a great suggestion, if the online shopping points come through without having to wait for them to post at the end of billing cycle. Thank you!! :)

          2. MileCards.com

            @rb – Didn’t realize you need it before the statement date. You could ask if you can move your statement date up to a sooner date (also possible to adjust this online), or you may even call and ask if they can advance you the points, since it’s such a small amount, or send them a message when logged into your Chase account.

  5. Nyrene

    Hi there, great site. Thanks for all the info. I just opened a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. We have used United Mileage plus for 10+ years. Two questions:
    1. Is it best to just keep the united account open so that we can transfer Chase points to the United Mileage Plus account when we want to redeem points for a United ticket?
    2. If we want to book a flight on an airlines other than United, we can do that directly through Chase, right?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Nyrene – For 1) yes you can use your existing mileage account so you can build on any miles you already have. And for 2) yes that’s exactly right. You can do it on UltimateRewards.com and there’s an option to book travel directly from the site, or you’ll find a number to dial if you want to get flights that don’t appear on the site.

      Reply
  6. Sarah

    If I want to use my points to buy my daughter and soon to be son in law flights for their honeymoon, am I able to do that with the tickets being in their names?

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  7. prexy

    We currently have 14k miles with Miles and more and 40k points with Chase Sapphire. If we transfer our Chase Sapphire points to United (which is part of Star Alliance), will it merge with our Miles and More points? I am hoping we can use it for one international flight.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @prexy – It will not merge with Miles and More. You could book two one way tickets (one with United miles, the other direction with Miles and More), but 14k Miles and More isn’t enough for an international flights.

      But 30k United miles is enough for one way to/from Europe. And if you get to 60k you have enough for a round trip.

      Reply
  8. Rosy

    Hi,

    Can I transfer the miles I have with United to the Sapphire card?
    Or it only works from Sapphire TO United?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Rosy – Unfortunately it only works from Sapphire TO United. But you can use your United miles to book a ticket for anyone you’d like. You don’t have to be the one traveling.

      Reply
  9. alexis

    I need some help regarding Chase Ultimate Rewards. I have about 180K UR and I’m looking to fly roundtrip to Europe ( Bos > Ams and then return Bar > Bos). I’m having trouble figuring out if I should transfer to United, British Airways or another. I’m okay flying Economy & I would like to avoid monster fuel charges. I got very confused when researching award travel on the AA, BA, United, Delta, etc site. Please help guide me in the right direction!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @alexis – If the airfare is above $750 then consider looking at United.com and seeing if there are award seats available for 60,000 miles roundtrip. That’s probably your best bet. Just go to United.com and choose ‘award travel’ on their main search page, and you’ll see options bookable with United miles. Once you see something that works, you can transfer the Chase points to your United mileage account. No fuel charges when you use United miles.

      If it’s under $750 then just use the Chase site to book the flight directly at the 1.25 cents per dollar rate, since anything less than $750 will cost fewer than 60,000 points there.

      Reply
    2. Jean VIEUX

      What is the deal with all the additional fees on British Airways? If we want fly American are we stuck with those? Maybe this is the wrong card as the fees looked very high.

      Reply
      1. MileCards.com

        @Jean – If it’s an American Airlines flight across the Atlantic, yes the fees are high using British Airways points as American and British Airways effectively share those flights. But if you’re flying anywhere else on American the fees are very low, and similar to what you would pay using real American miles.

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    3. tara

      Hi.. do you travel alot domestically with a partner? you may want to consider transferring over 110k miles to southwest.. that will earn you a free companion pass for this year and all of next year.! (it will expire dec 31 2017! )

      you can then use your remaining 70k to book one way or your ticket to the eu .

      Reply
  10. Cathy

    I need to get a certain flight on American. If I transfer my Chase Sapphire miles to British Airways, will I be able to choose a certain flight that is on the American airlines website? The flight I need currently requires 40,000 miles (economy Aanytime). Or only specific flights can be available through British Airways/OneWorld?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Cathy – Only Mile SAAver flights are available via British Airways / OneWorld. You might want to check the price using the Chase travel site on UltimateRewards.com. If the flights costs less than $500 in cash you’ll pay fewer than 40,000 Chase points.

      Reply
  11. vivianxu91

    Hello!
    What do you suggest is the best way to use my ultimate rewards points to travel from New York to Hong Kong?
    We are planning to go next Christmas (2016) for two weeks and we want to use our points in the best possible way!

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Vivian

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Vivian – Should be some interesting options, though around Xmas things can get pricey. How many are you willing to spend? Are you planning to stay in a hotel? And do you want Economy Class, or do you want to pay more points for Business Class flights?

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      1. vivianxu91

        hello! Thanks for the quick response :)
        Yes we are planning to stay in a hotel, and i would prefer business class!

        Best,
        Vivian

        Reply
        1. MileCards.com

          @vivianxu91-

          For business class, the cheapest option would be transferring to United and spending 140,000 miles roundtrip on one of United’s own flights. Flights around the holidays become available for booking in about 2-3 weeks. You probably won’t be able to find space to confirm business in advance, but you could consider waitlisting for it, as discussed here:

          http://milecards.com/9436/the-trick-to-always-get-united-first-business-awards-at-low-saver-mile-prices/

          If you want to confirm in advance, you could transfer to Korean Skypass, and right now they have good award space over the holidays, but it costs 185,000 miles roundtrip, though that’s a great deal for business class on such a long trip.

          If that’s more points than you have, as far as hotels go, transferring to Hyatt is a decent deal. You can use cash and points at the Hyatt Regency for $529HKG + 6,000 points a night, for a room which currently costs $1450 HKG a night, so you’re getting about 2 cents per point in value, which is good. Easy to check prices on Hyatt.com. Just click the ‘show Hyatt Gold Passport awards’ button when you see hotel room prices, and it will show the options for using points.

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  12. emkayd

    Hi there – I’ve 150K points on Chase Sapphire. Is there anyway I could use these points (on any airline) to upgrade 2 coach class tickets to business (from DFW to MAA, India)?

    Also, does it make sense to transfer these points to British Airways first at 1:1 ratio, and then apply for an Avios card with potential to earn up to 100K points in a year? Will that make it 250K+ Avios by next year, thereby giving me a better shot at upgrading these 2 coach tickets?

    Any thoughts or ideas greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @mkayd – If you buy a Premium Economy fare on British Airways, you could transfer your points to British Airways to upgrade to Business (“Club World”). But it’s not cheap – about 50-60,000 miles one way per person. So you have enough to do upgrades in one direction of travel.

      But if you earn the extra Avios then you’ll have enough for a roundtrip upgrade, provided the space is available.

      Another alternative is to fly United to Delhi or Mumbai and use MileagePlus as a transfer option to upgrade. You’d have to pay $600 in fees per person each way and 35,000 miles each way. The fees are refunded if you’re not upgraded, and from experience those flights are a really tough upgrade.

      And yet another alternative – and probably the cheapest – is to fly Virgin Atlantic out of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, DC, or Miami and into Delhi. You can buy an Economy ‘M’ fare (cheaper than Premium Economy) and upgrade for about 45,000 points one way. So 180,000 total points could get you a roundtrip upgrade.

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  13. Hamza

    Once I transfer my points to British Airways Avios how do I transfer those to Qatar airways. Would be helpful to know once you transfer to Chase Sapphire points to British airways how to transfer to other Oneworld Alliance partners. Thank

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Hamza – Once you do that you just use the BA Avios to book the available Qatar flights. You can search for them on BA.com by setting up a free account and searching for flights with Avios there.

      Reply
      1. Hamza

        Hi,
        Thanks for the info. So I have used BA.com and they do not have the flight or destination I am trying to get to. Qatar Airways does have the options. I am guessing you can not transfer points from Avios to Qatar airways, is that correct?

        Reply
        1. MileCards.com

          @Hamza – Where are you trying to fly to and from and when? It’s possible Qatar isn’t making seats available for award tickets on the days you want to travel.

          Reply
  14. Tho Dang

    If i transfer my Chase Saphire Points to Southwest, will those points qualify for Southwest Companion Pass status? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @The Dang – Unfortunately no, they won’t. But transferring hotel points to Southwest will qualify. You can read about that here:

      http://milecards.com/1588420596/what-hotel-points-transfer-to-southwest-for-companion-pass-status/

      So in theory you could transfer Sapphire points to Hyatt or Marriott, then transfer to Southwest, and you’ll earn Companion Pass qualifying points. But your points get diluted along the way because hotel points don’t transfer to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio.

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      1. Sean

        Do transferred points to southwest count towards a list of a list preferred? Or does it operate the same way as the companion pass

        Reply
        1. MileCards.com

          @Sean – Unfortunately no, A list status has more stringent earning requirements. It’s basically flights, and the special ‘Tier Qualifying Points’ earning on the Southwest Premier card (which is different from the regular point earning on that card).

          Reply
  15. Katherine W

    Did they recently take this feature away? I was playing around on my ultimate rewards site and no longer see the option for transferring to a travel partner. Thanks for the info!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Katherine – No it’s alive and well, but you need a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus / Bold. The no annual fee Sapphire and Freedom don’t have the feature.

      Reply
      1. rob

        thanks this comment was super helpful I was looking FOREVER for this. With just a plain old Chase Freedom it WILL not work.

        Reply
  16. Nicole

    So does 1:1 points system mean that if I transfer 40000 points to Korean Air Skypass, I will earn 40000 miles as my skypass mileage? or does it mean 40000 points get translated to whatever calculation Korean Air has set up, and potentially lower mileage might be added? If such calculation is being made, where/how can I find out what the calculation rate is?

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  17. Nate J

    When using the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel site, let suppose I am looking at a delta flight. if I do not have enough points to purchase the tickets, am I able to pay for the remaining balance with either delta sky miles OR with money? Do either of those options work to pay the remaining balance? Thank you so much

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  18. Mag

    Hello! I have a question. I have 60K points with Chase Saphire Preffered Card. I am trying to get 2 free tickets from Dallas to Munich. AA needs 60K points for 2 free tickets. British Airways needs 110 K points for 2 free tickets. I understand that I can not transfer Chase points to AA, but I can transfer to British Airways. So if I transfer to British Airways how do I book with AA using their point system if I have British points? I am confused on how it is done. Can you please help? Thank you

    Reply
  19. Mohammad

    I currently have a United MileagePlus Chase card. I also got the Chase Sapphire preferred card. Is it possible to transfer all my points from my MileagePlus card to my Sapphire card?

    Reply
  20. Bora

    hi! my husband and i both have chase sapphire points. i’ll transfer my points to his account. we also have delta miles. we are looking to buy first class ticket(s) to korea using korean air. what’s the best way to consolidate points and is it easy to transfer delta miles to korean air since they are related? any help appreciated!! we’re also trying to fly domestic from korea to vietnam and heard there are some local flight deals if you book a first class ticket with korean air.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Bora – You can’t combine Korean and Delta miles. But what you could do is use Korean miles to book one direction of a trip and Delta miles to book the other direction. Or use Korean miles to book one person’s trip and Delta miles for another, or some other combination like that.

      Both Korean and Delta let you book one way awards for half the price of a round trip on Korean flights.

      Here are the details for Korean flights:

      https://www.koreanair.com/content/koreanair/global/en/skypass/redeem.html#_

      Reply
  21. Anne

    I was using your visual to reference how to transfer the points to the airlines, doesn’t look like we can do that anymore, has that gone away with Chase Sapphire?

    Reply
  22. Sandra Roberson

    If I were to purchase a flight using Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card rather than using points, is there any kind of discount? I’m specifically referring to a Hawaii trip for 2. Would have enough points for 3 of the first class flights but not enough for the 4th leg of the trip. Ticket on United from Honolulu to Newark, NJ is about $1700.

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  23. Richard

    Hello and thank your for sharing your walth of knowledge. Here’s where I’m at and looking for advice. Point accumulaton:

    Chase UR: 49,000
    AMEX SPG: 36,000
    Citi TYP: 51,500
    AAdvantage: 31,000
    Alaskan Air: 26,000
    Hawaiian: 51,000
    BA Avios: 52,000 (soon)

    Wanting to maximize these rewards for travel within the US and a Trip for three (self and 2 children) to Hawaii in the spring. My preferred airlines are Alaska and Hawaiian with our local airport as SEA. What is the best way to transfer these reward points into the Alaskan and Hawaiian accounts so we can fly together (given space is available that is)?

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  24. Michelle

    Hi – my husband and I both want to get the Chase card, but nowhere can I find out how many miles are needed for round trip to Europe on any of the airlines. I don’t understand the exact point correlation between airlines. Do you have an estimate # to provide? Thank you

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Michelle – If you are flexible with days you want to travel, then it’s about 60,000 miles roundtrip when you transfer to United MileagePlus.

      If you’re not flexible you have the option of using your points to buy flights like cash. In that case every point is worth 1.25 cents, so a $1,000 ticket would cost 80,000 points.

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    2. Salman

      obviously you can’t. Chase gives frequent flyers the flexibility of transferring points into their own airline program.. and after that it is between them and the airline.

      Also note that the miles requirement vary widely between different airlines. You can go into the webpage of individual airlines (or) google search and find out the points requirement for individual airlines.

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  25. Shahroz

    Hello,

    First of all this is a fantastic site! Keep up the good work!

    I have a Chase SP with around 160,000 points.
    My wife and I want to go on trip to Hawaii in October. Rather than pay for the entire trip with points I’d like to book economy tickets and upgrade to business class using points.
    Would you be kind enough suggest the best strategy to achieve this?

    Thanks again.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Shahroz – Glad you find it useful. For upgrading, the only route is to transfer points to United and upgrade one of their tickets. You definitely have enough miles – it’s about 27,500 miles one way, but the catch is they have a cash copayment of $125 each way for each upgrade.

      The cheapest way to get to Hawaii in First Class is to book an award ticket outright. If you transfer to Singapore KrisFlyer or Korean SkyPass you can get first class seats for 60,000 miles roundtrip each.

      With KrisFlyer you can fly any United flight that has award space available.

      With Korean SkyPass you can choose Hawaiian, Alaska, or Delta if one has award space available.

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      1. Shahroz

        Thanks for the quick response.
        Having gone through the KrisFlyer chart it seems we’d be better off using our miles on a trip to Singapore. I’m guessing business class on a domestic carrier wouldn’t compare well to Singapore Airlines…

        Thoughts?

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        1. MileCards.com

          @Shahroz – Yes that would be a higher value use if you’re planning to fly Business Class or First Class on Singapore. You’re not missing much in First Class on a flight to Hawaii. It’s pretty spartan.

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  26. Tony

    Wife and I are booked on USAirways coach flight. We want to upgrade to first class with Chase Sapphire points which will cover both upgrades but USAir isn’t listed as an option. Wife has AAdvantage miles and account already set up who is a Oneworld Alliance Partner. Is there a way to transfer Sapphire points into a Oneworld Alliance airline like British Airways and then transfer that over to AAdvantage for crediting the upgrade with USAirways who is now merged with American Airlines? She would just need to set up an membership with British Airways and do the online transfer to them and provide that membership number to AAdvantage customer service to purchase the upgrade if I understand this complex maze correctly. Please advise.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Tony – You’re close but unfortunately British Airways points can only upgrade the very highest American Airlines fares (Y, B class). So you’ll have to rely on your AAdvantage miles to do the upgrade.

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  27. Niels

    Hi question – I currently have a united mileage plus explorer chase card for United. Horrible service as my info has been stolen 5x in 6 months. Wanted to switch to sapphire preferred. Do you know if it’s separate systems / databases for chase and these two cards? I wanted to start new.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Niels – Best to call the number on the back of your card and ask. The loyalty programs are tracked separately, not sure about the card accounts themselves.

      Reply
  28. Sam

    Hello,

    So glad I stumbled upon your site!

    If I transfer points from my Chase Sapphire Preferred card to United MileagePlus, do those points count toward fulfilling my Premier Qualifying Miles (PQM) requirement? What about if I accrue points on a Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card?

    Thanks for your help!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Sam – Unfortunately there are no credit card options to earn PQMs. There was a card called the Presidential Plus that earned PQMs, but it’s no longer open to new applicants, and you need to spend a lot to earn them ($5,000 gets you 1,000 PQMs). Though might be worth calling Chase to ask if there’s any chance of switching to it.

      Reply
  29. Rachel

    I couldn’t find transfer option in new ultimate rewards website. Do you know how to transfer to these airlines in their new website? or did chase just shutdown the transfer program? Thank you!!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Rachel – If you have a Sapphire Preferred just go to ‘Use Points’ and under that menu you’ll see ‘Transfer to Travel Partners.’

      Reply
        1. MileCards.com

          @Rachel – No, you need an annual fee based Ultimate Rewards card like the Sapphire Preferred to activate the feature. It’s OK to have both cards, and your points can combine together.

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  30. Ashe

    Hi,
    My husband and I both have chase sapphire cards. Would I be able to transfer my UR points to him for use in the next six months, then close my cc account, and then apply again after 24 months from last receiving the sign up bonus?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Ashe – You can transfer points to a spouse any time. As for bonus rules, those can change at any time.

      Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Jo – There are a couple of ways you can. One is to use the points to pay for Delta flights. Every point is worth 1.25 cents (so 10,000 points gets you $125 in flights) and you can book any Delta flight you want. The other is to transfer points to Delta’s partner Korean SkyPass and use them to book award flights, though you can only book flights where award space is made available.

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      1. Jo

        So Delta accept the points earned from Chase Sapphire card? It is not listed as one of the airlines that is accepting these points. That I why I am asking. Thank you. Jo

        Reply
        1. MileCards.com

          @Jo – No, you can’t move the points from the Chase Sapphire card into your Delta SkyMiles account.

          But you can book Delta flights with your Chase Sapphire points. There are two ways.

          One is to buy flights with points and cash via the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel site.

          The other, a bit more complicated, but sometimes cheaper way is to transfer points to Korean Airlines Skypass miles, and then book Delta flights using those miles, as they are airline partners. But you are limited to flights where Delta has made award seats available.

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        2. Jo

          I’m sorry to be so slow in understanding how this works so I think you for your patience with me! If I use this card to book a flight on Delta, can I use my accumulated card points directly to do so? Thank you again for you time. Jo

          Reply
          1. MileCards.com

            @Jo – UltimateRewards.com has a flight shopping tool and you see a Delta flight there you can buy it with your points. But you can’t for example go shopping on the Delta website and use your points there. You need to shop with the flight search tool on UltimateRewards.com.

  31. Sonja

    Thanks for the helpful article! Do you know if for Singapore Airlines (KrisFlyer) whether they convert to KrisFlyer miles or Elite Miles (<–needed to keep status)?

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  32. Kim

    I have asked both Chase UR and AAdantage twice/each and still no answer (one says its a question for the other). I have over 40,000 points with UR which = approx 520 cash towards a flight. I found an AA flight I want on the UR website to purchase at $1100 – $520 (UR points cash credit) = total paid $580 for AA ticket. The question I can’t get answered is this: Does this flight, bought through partially using UR point, qualify me to get AAdvantage miles?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Kim – It’s the same as buying a ticket in cash so you’ll earn miles according to the rule of the fare as if you bought it on Orbitz, Expedia, or any other travel site.

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  33. Danara

    Hi, I was thinking about getting this card but wanted to be sure that I could use the points on a Qantas flight. I know they partner with British Airways under oneworld…

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Danara – Yes you can transfer the points to British Airways Avios and then use them on Qantas flights. Before you transfer, you can go to the British Airways website, set up a free account, and search for award seats there so you know there’s space when you transfer.

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  34. Matt Treinish

    I am trying to book a flight on American Airlines using points from GND-LAX. I do not have enough American Airlines points so I would like to use my Chase Sapphire points to complete this booking. I am aware that I cannot transfer directly into American with Sapphire but I can transfer points into British Airways and book the flight on American using my (transferred) British Airways points. I have the flight on hold on American. How do I book this flight once the miles are transferred into British Airways? Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Matt – You’re going to want to call British Airways directly to look up the award space from their end, as they are the ones who will ticket it with their points. Once they see space is open on a day you’re willing to travel, you can then transfer the points over. The transfer is often instant, so one strategy is to have the transfer queued up when you call, then do the final approval while you’re on the phone, right when the agent has confirmed space is available.

      Here is their phone number

      http://www.britishairways.com/travel/contact-executive-club/public/en_us

      To maximize your chances, cancel that award you had American put on hold, as British Airways won’t be able to see it while it’s on hold by American.

      Reply
  35. emily

    i want to use the chase sapphire mile transfer program to get a one way ticket from lax to ewr (or nyc) for my son
    united does not have availability for dates i want… so can i use virgin flying club/ordelta? which partner would i transfer my miles to?..( i don’t know if virgin will let you book a one way reward ticket.) i just don’t know how to proceed..can you help?? thanks so much!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @emily – What days do you want? You could transfer to British Airways and fly American. It would be 12,500 points one way if there is availability on a non stop flight.

      Virgin America awards via Virgin Atlantic are only round trip. The same for Korean SkyPass awards on Delta.

      Southwest is also an option though wouldn’t be non stop.

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  36. Henry

    Thank you so much for your info. I have a quick question. Can I combine my UR points with my exsisting United miles? For example, If I need total 40k miles to redeem an award ticket and I only have 25k miles in my UA account. Can I transfer the rest 15k from my UR account to make it sufficient for an award ticket or I have to transfer the whole amount 40k from my UR account to redeem. Thanks a lot!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Henry – Yes that’s the key benefit. You can transfer as few as 1,000 or as many of your UR as you want to your United account.

      Reply
  37. Ronda Bartlett

    Will the bonus miles with this card count towards companion pass miles needed if I transfer them to my Southwest card?

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  38. Peter

    I would like to know what exactly 1:1 ratio means. Are 15000 points translatable into 1:1 ratio for 15,000 miles? That seems too good to be true. Please explain.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Peter – Yes 15,000 Chase points are transferable to 15,000 United miles, Southwest points, or any of the other listed partners.

      This is one of the benefits of the card’s $95 annual fee.

      Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @David – Officially you can only transfer to your spouse. Chase asks you to designate a spouse in the transfer section.

      Reply
  39. Kelly

    If I transfer the points to one of the partners, is there an expiration for those points that I transferred? I am wanting to cancel my Sapphire card to avoid an annual fee and I have some points that I obviously don’t want to lose. Just want to make sure that if I transfer them to a partner instead of getting cash for the points, that they don’t have an expiration date. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Kelly – The expiration depends on which partner you use. United miles for example expire after 18 months, but you can reset that clock anytime by earning or spending any amount of miles, not just by flying. British Airways Avios expire in 3 years with the same reset as United. And Southwest points have a 24 month clock.

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      1. Jacob

        I have a balance of points in United and it’s set to expire in a month or so. I was wondering if transferring points from Sapphire would reinvigorate this account and keep those miles from expiring.

        Any insights?

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  40. Lily

    Your website is great! It inspired me to get the CSP card between that plus my old United miles I should have about 140,000 miles to use (20k miles, 120k CSP points). I’m trying to get from SFO to Barcelona, by using a business saver fare in November. I’m willing to fly to anywhere in Europe business, for the long-haul and then buy a cheap-o ticket to get me to Spain. Do you have recommendations on which routes are most likely to have business saver fares, so I know where to stalk? Right now I’m just entering large European city names every day and waiting to see what pops up but I’m wondering if there’s a more efficient method. (Or if CSP points are better used on another airline to get to Europe that’s cool, too!)
    Thank you!!

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  41. Tammy

    Hi ,

    I currently have a united mileage plus explorer card, for already 3 years.

    A. I have a big expense coming up and have to put 2,600 on my credit card so I figured I’d sign up for a new credit card and earn some miles that way.

    Am I able to apply for the same type of credit card; I can cancel my current one and start all over?
    But if that’s bad for my credit I wouldn’t do that of course.

    Are there any credit card offers you recommend that gives at least 50 thousand or more miles for signing up?

    I have a southwest credit card and united credit card.

    Thanks in advance.

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  42. Ashley_Bangkok

    My husband and I signed up for this card when we we’re flying United. After months of awful service and hassle, we cashed in all our miles and are moving to American (domestic) and Cathay (international). We live in Bangkok so we want a good Asian provider and we already had 50K+ American miles. Now, my question: I know I can transfer to BA, but once I do, can i combine the points with my AA account? Thanks!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Ashley – Sorry United was such a hassle. Unfortunately no you can’t combine points with your AA account. But you can do that artificially by using AA miles one way and BA points the other direction of a trip. And you’ll find BA points really useful for short flights, cheaper than using American miles for the same.

      Reply
      1. Ashley_Bangkok

        Thanks for the fast reply. When you say shorter trips with BA, do you mean U.S. domestic? Or abroad?

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  43. JH

    Question here. I have had the regular Chase Sapphire card for years and have built up quite a bit of points. Now I have learned about the Sapphire Preferred and it’s better value so I intend on getting one. Is there any way to transfer points earned on the regular Sapphire to the Sapphire Preferred?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jon – It’s tough then, but if you’re able to drive down to San Diego you can grab a nonstop on Alaska Airlines that has avail on the 15th returning the 23rd. It would be 25,000 British Airways Avios.

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  44. Mike

    Hello,
    Am I able to transfer the CSP points to an authorized users United Airlines mileage plus account or just the primary account holder? Also our one year anniversary on the card is coming up and we are trying to decide to either cancel, downgrade to no annual fee, or pay the fee. Any recommendations?
    Thanks

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  45. 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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  46. 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.

    Reply
    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.

      Reply
      1. Christina

        Or if you haven’t looked already, see how many miles it is to transfer from Chase to Korean Air for the reward flight SEA – ICN.

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  47. 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?

    Reply
    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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  48. 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?

    Reply
    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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  49. 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

    Reply
    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.

  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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!

    Reply
    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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  53. 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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  54. 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!

    Reply
    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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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.

      Reply
  58. 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!

    Reply
    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.

      Reply
      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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  59. 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?

    Reply
    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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  60. 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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  61. 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.

      Reply
  62. 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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  63. 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.

  64. 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?

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    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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  65. 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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  66. 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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  67. 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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  68. 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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  69. 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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  70. 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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  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. 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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  74. 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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  75. 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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  76. 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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  77. 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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  78. 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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  79. 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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  80. 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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  81. 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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  82. 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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  83. 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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  84. 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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  85. 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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