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We like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card because it offers great flexibility for using its Ultimate Rewards points toward air travel. But with that flexibility comes choices, and not every choice will give you the best value for your points. With our guide, though, you’ll be able to get the maximum value for your points every time.
First, remember there are two ways to use your points for air travel. How many points you will need for a flight depends on which method you use:
So, to make sure you get the best deal follow these basic steps to check how many points you’ll need for a flight quickly.
2. Review the price in points
In this example, the flight costs $277 or 22,168 points.
3. Check United miles to see if you can find a better deal
Since you can transfer Chase points to United miles anytime, it’s a good idea to check and see if United charges fewer miles for similar flights. Go to United.com, input the destination and day you’re looking for and select ‘Search for award travel’ to get prices in miles.
There is a flight available booking directly using United miles for only 12,500 miles. That’s a lot less than the 22,168 point cost to book via Chase. Since you can transfer your Chase points into United MileagePlus miles instantly, you can get this flight for 12,500 miles instead.
So how do you get the points to United?
It’s actually pretty easy….
You’ll see the link under the ‘Use Points’ menu when you’re logged into UltimateRewards.com.
That’s it. The transfer is generally instant. Just keep in mind that you CANNOT REVERSE a transfer of points to a mile partner.
Once the points are transferred to your United or other partner account, they cannot be sent back to your Chase Ultimate Rewards account.
So make sure you really want to use the points there before making the transfer. Once in the partner account, the partner’s rules will apply, including expiration dates if any.
If your’e really into maximizing the value of your Sapphire Preferred® Card points you may want to include other airline partners in your search.
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