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(Poll result) Where savvy flyers use Chase Ultimate Rewards points

by on Thu August 29, 2013 • 2 Comments

Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which you can earn via the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Plus® Business Card, among others, are our favorite points for airline travel.

Why? You can transfer the points you earn 1:1 into several programs including United, Southwest, British Airways, Hyatt, Marriott, Virgin Atlantic, IHG Rewards, and Korean Airlines. You can also use your points for gift cards, to buy travel directly at, or to get statement credit.

That means you can diversify yourself and have lots of options when you’re ready to book travel.

With all those choices, where are people using them? 

FlyerTalk, a site where some of the most savvy users of miles hang out conducted a poll to find out.

Here are the results of what % of respondents used each Chase Ultimate Rewards option:


% of users who used each reward option. Source:

The #1 use of Ultimate Rewards points…transfers to United MileagePlus.

Which makes a lot of sense, by a long shot.

United is one of the best airline programs for reward travel, and its international and business / first class awards can be among the most valuable in travel. They are easier to redeem than most miles and with over 25 Star Alliance partners many, many places you can use them. In fact, Chase Ultimate Rewards cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card can be a better way to earn United miles than a standard United credit card.

The #2 use…Hyatt Gold Passport

This is because Hyatt is one of the most generous hotel programs around. For 22,000 points, you get a free night at the most expensive of Hyatt hotels like the Park Hyatt in Tokyo or Vendome in Paris, which can go for $500 or more.

The #3 use….a surprise. Redeeming via

When you use you can ‘buy’ flights, hotels, and rental cars with points or a mix of points and cash. The flights available to you are the same ones you’d see on sites like But the value of your points is always 1.25 cents per dollar – that is 40,000 points gets you $500 toward travel.

This is not an outstanding deal like United miles or Hyatt points. Those can be worth 2 cents per dollar or even higher value if you use them properly. For example, you can often find $4,000 business class tickets to Europe for 100,000 United miles.

But when you buy tickets via with points, you still earn airline miles as if you bought the tickets in cash, which is an advantage. It’s also help for the many of us who are more miles than cash rich and want to travel on days when regular mileage tickets aren’t available.

The #4 use…British Airways Avios.

You might scratch your head here. Why is a foreign program more popular than Southwest points?

It’s because Avios are great for short haul, nonstop flights on American and Alaska Airlines. In fact, they often cost less in points than flights booked with American or Alaska’s own miles. You can get a short roundtrip for as little as 9,000 points this way.

And this is a poll of users on FlyerTalk, who are very savvy about the secret value in programs you might not yet be aware of.

Where to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards

Chase Ultimate Rewards are relatively new – just a few years old, and a lot of people haven’t yet taken advantage of their flexibility. The fastest way to get started is via bonus offers – we keep the latest bonus offers here.

You can also read reviews:

> Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card review

> Chase Ink Bold® Business Card review

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2 thoughts on (Poll result) Where savvy flyers use Chase Ultimate Rewards points

    1. MileCards

      @Ben – You can’t convert United miles into Hyatt points. But you can convert Hyatt points into United miles. Every 2.5 Hyatt points = 1 United mile. Though if you transfer exactly 50,000 points you get 25,000 United miles (2:1 ratio).


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