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Southwest now Chase Sapphire Preferred mile transfer partner

by on Thu January 5, 2012 • 2 Comments
Southwest Ultimate Rewards

Southwest now active on as a transfer partner

You can now transfer the Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card card to your Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards account 1:1 instantly, with no fees.

This also works for other premium Ultimate Rewards cards with a mile transfer feature like the Ink Bold. No other cards offer this generous 1:1 mile transfer feature…Chase has the exclusive on this.

With this addition, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has direct mile transfer to the two largest airlines in the U.S. — United/Continental and Southwest Airlines. No other program comes close.

Making a transfer is easy — see how it works with illustrations here.

Southwest points have decent value….if you use them for a ‘Wanna Get Away’ fare they are worth about 1.7 cents each, or at least a 1.7% return on your credit card spending. ‘Wanna Get Away’ fares are available on most flights if you book in advance 3 weeks or more. And remember there are no change fees for Southwest mileage tickets.

A few things to note…

  • These point to mile transfers don’t count toward your A-list or Companion Pass status earning
  • You can transfer your points into the Southwest account of anyone you wish, not just yourself
  • Once you transfer points into a Southwest account they can’t be transferred back

And here’s the latest list of Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card instant 1:1 mile and point transfer partners:

  • United Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Korean Airlines
  • Hyatt
  • Marriott
  • IHG Rewards

Have at it — this is great news for credit card spenders looking for flexible point options.

And here is the fine print from Chase regarding the point transfer:

To learn more about Southwest Rapid Rewards®, please visit Points earnings and redemptions are subject to the terms and conditions set forth at Rapid Rewards® points will be deposited instantly after the request for redemption is made. In rare instances, point transfers can take up to 7 business days. Southwest Airlines® and all Rapid Rewards® Partners reserve the right to change any aspect of the Rapid Rewards® program with 60 days’ notice to active Members. Redemption of points for travel and all other benefits of Rapid Rewards® Membership are solely the responsibility of Southwest Airlines®. Limited exceptions to the point offers may apply. Point transfers via Ultimate Rewards are not eligible for status, including A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass Status. All Rapid Rewards® rules and regulations apply.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

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2 thoughts on Southwest now Chase Sapphire Preferred mile transfer partner

  1. Junior

    How many point do I use to fly say to the Bahamas with Chase Sapphire or SouthWest Rapid Rewards?
    If you want to fly internationally to say Panama where Southwest does not fly how does the points work?

    1. MileCards

      @Junior – You have several options. You could transfer to United and use them there – it starts at 35,000 miles roundtrip in Economy class with limited availability. Or you could transfer them to British Airways and use them on American Airlines flights. Depending where you’re flying from it can be as low as 15,000 miles roundtrip. They base the number of miles you need on the distance flown and number of connections. This tool will give you a sense

      Alternatively, you can book on any airline using It lets you search for flights there, and you use your points as cash. Every point is worth 1.25 cents, so a $400 ticket needs 36,000 points.

      These same options will work for Panama as well.


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