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Which Chase Sapphire Preferred mile transfer partners are instant – we investigate

by on Thu March 29, 2012 • No Comment

transferpartnersWe like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card because it offers 1:1 point to mile transfer to some of the most valuable airline and hotel programs available to U.S. travelers, including United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Korean Airlines, British Airways, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, and more.

It’s even better because many of the mile transfers are instant, so you can search for available rewards before deciding to pull the trigger on a mile transfer. Mile transfers are not reversible so it’s good to know you’ll have ready use for them before you make a transfer.

From our experience and that of others we see posted online, we know transferring Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Ultimate Rewards points to the miles and points in the following partners has been completed instantly in practice (and these are the most valuable partners you’ll use most often):

  • United Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Korean Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Hyatt

Marriott appears to take about 2 days per this post.

As for the official lines…here is what Chase says in its terms and conditions…

  • British Airways – “Avios will be deposited in your Executive Club account within 10 business days.”
  • Korean Airlines – “SKYPASS miles will be deposited within 3-5 business days after the request for redemption is made.”
  • Hyatt – “Please allow four to six weeks for Hyatt Gold Passport points to be credited to your account.”
  • Marriott – “The Marriott Rewards points will appear automatically in you Marriott Rewards program account within 4 to 6 weeks.”
  • Priority Club – “Please allow up to 5 business days for Priority Club points to be credited to your Priority Club account.”
  • Southwest Airlines – “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.”
  • United Airlines – “MileagePlus miles will be deposited after the request for redemption is made. In
    rare instances mileage transfers can take up to 7 business days.”

What’s interesting is that only United and Southwest are listed as promising instant transfer as the standard. But in reality partners that are listed as taking 5 days to 6 weeks like  Hyatt are actually instant in practice.

Our sense is the non-instant language was a legacy of the older members of the Ultimate Rewards program, while United and Southwest are the newest additions, thus their language was set up to reflect the reality. It’s also a bit of a CYA in case of delays.

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