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United MileagePlus Now a Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

by on October 21, 2011 · 11 comments

in Chase, Credit Cards, star alliance, United

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Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner.

The Chase Ultimate Rewards program, the points program behind their popular Sapphire Preferred and Ink Bold cards, just added United as a 1:1 instant transfer partner. This is a great addition because it guarantees that there will be a Star Alliance transfer partner once the Continental Onepass program is officially rolled into the United MileagePlus program in 2012. United has a pretty good frequent flyer program, allowing one-way awards – including on Star Alliance partners. No program is perfect, but I highlighted the best ways to take advantage of United awards here.
Ultimate Rewards is a direct competitor of American Express’ Membership Rewards program and while Amex has a long history and more redemption partners, Ultimate Rewards has been gaining steam – especially with this announcement and with their recent addition of Korean Airlines as a transfer partner. The next transfer partner I’d like to see is Southwest, which isn’t completely out of the question since Chase issues the Southwest credit cards (like the current 50,000 mile bonus on the Southwest Plus card). I’d also like to see Chase start running transfer bonuses, like Amex frequently does with their transfer partners (like the recent 50% British Airways and Delta promos).

This announcement isn’t a complete surprise. In fact, a savvy TPG reader recently tipped me off after they saw United as transfer partner on the ultimaterewards.com website. While it wasn’t a full roll-out and they took it down soon after I blogged about it, I took it as a good sign of things to come. While this isn’t that huge of a deal right now because Continental is currently an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, Continental Onepass will no longer exist in 2012, so it’s good to know that United will be a part of the program. It would have been embarrassing for Chase to not have a Star Alliance transfer partner, especially since they issue United’s credit cards.

Hat tip to Mommy Points!

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  • Redriver16

    I got a targeted offer for 30,000 points ($300) with the Freedom card after first purchase yesterday. Should I go for it? Have you heard of a better offer?

  • CU

    Yes, I’m hoping for transfer bonuses too! Should happen if they really want to compete with Amex…

  • Dhammer53

    Now there’s no rush to transfer my points to CO. Thanks.

  • PJ

    THAT IS THE BEST NO FEES CARD AROUND; 30,000 points is NOT just $300 whe; you move points into Sapphire Preferred. I have ben bidding for 12.5% Preemium ie $ 112.50 for 10K points among friends gettting nada.. friends had been cashing in points for 1 cents each point but would not sell after I told them how to better use those points for travel..

    300 IS THE BEST EVER ; “JUST DO IT ” and try to get Sapphire Preferred as well

  • David

    If you have the Saphire Preferred card, then yes, that’s a GREAT deal! You can put those points into Ultimate Rewards if you have the other card and transfer to HYATT, UNITED, etc…

  • David

    If you have the Saphire Preferred card, then yes, that’s a GREAT deal! You can put those points into Ultimate Rewards if you have the other card and transfer to HYATT, UNITED, etc…

  • David

    Crap, that’s great!
    I saw Continental on there to transfer to a couple days ago, even though I thought that already went away. So that’s all good news!

  • David

    Crap, that’s great!
    I saw Continental on there to transfer to a couple days ago, even though I thought that already went away. So that’s all good news!

  • Redriver16

    I already have the Sapphire Preferred. I wasn’t sure if anyone had heard of a better offer on the Freedom. I know there was a 25,000 point non-targeted offer not too long ago, but I never seem to get the “best” offers sent to me, so I am surprised to hear that this is.

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