Newbies beware! Don’t let Chase convince you to click Travel under the Ultimate Rewards home page. Yes, they have a big tab at the top that says travel… but ignore that and under “Use Points” on the left click “Transfer Points to Travel Partners”. Trust me! I’m going to show you step by step how to use them well and step by step how you’re getting shiested by Chase if you don’t.
Previously I talked about Chase Ultimate Reward Transfer options, and basically there are 9 travel partners you can transfer to and that post talks about how much I value each transfer. Let me be very clear, do not use your points on their search engine thing! Do not click redeem points for travel, even though they want you to. It would be a shame and should be a crime.
First let me show you what they are doing to you. Here is the best flight under the Chase Ultimate reward flight searcher thingy.
This is a flight out of my hometown, Charlottesville, to London. You could redeem it for $1,574 or 157,420 UR Points. All they are doing is taking the price of the ticket and multiplying it by 100 and there you have the price in points. Here is the same flight on Kayak:
See! You’re being ******! You would be better off redeeming your points for cash and then buying the ticket!
I’ll take it one step further. Here is the price in points on United.com (which UR points transfer 1:1 to United):
Dear goodness! Even first class is half the cost! You could be flying first class to London for less than half of the cost of using Chase’s little search tool. This is a random one-way search I did for a random day. And don’t complain about frequent flyer mile availability:
Transferring your points to United is easy. You could call them if you’re just a complete luddite but it’s really simple.
- Log onto Chase.
- Click Ultimate Rewards, found on your right as well as under your card.
- Under “Use Points” click “Transfer Points to Travel Partners”.
- Transfer to whatever partner you want. Again, here is my guide to valuing these points. Once you decide, it’s as simple as putting in your frequent flyer number.
If you don’t have a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold that can transfer to travel partners you need to get it. If you have the Freedom card and the Sapphire Preferred, it is very easy to combine points. I believe it now pops up when you click the UR link showed in step 2.
I hope this helps someone. If you find this post helpful please let me know by commenting below. Also if you have any question please post them!