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The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers

by on August 20, 2013 · 21 comments

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TPG contributor Jason Steele follows up with his guides to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfers and American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers with this look at the airline partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – as a comprehensive web resource on the Ultimate Rewards program and how to maximize its 5 airline partners.

Previously, we looked at all the airlines that you could get an award with by transferring points to miles through both the Starwood hotels Preferred Guest and the American Express Membership Rewards programs. Today, we’ll round out the series on transferable points programs’ airline partners by looking at all of the award travel possibilities inherent in Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program airline transfer partners.

Ultimate Rewards' airline partners include 5 great carriers.

Ultimate Rewards’ airline partners include 5 great carriers.

Compared to Starwood’s 31 partners and Amex’s 16 partners, it might seem like with just 5 airline transfer partners that the options with Chase are much more limited, but considering those partners include British Airways, Korean Air, Southwest, United and Virgin Atlantic – covering the three major alliances as well as some great non-alliance partners – folks who rack up the Ultimate Rewards points on Chase cards like the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus have tons of options for how to use their points. Not only that, but in all instances, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to its airline partners at a 1:1 ratio.

Results

Although Chase only offers five different airline transfer partners, they are sure to cover all three major alliances and a total of 79 unique carriers by my count. In fact, Korean Air and Southwest Airlines are unique to the Ultimate Rewards program. In addition, points can be transferred to United Airlines at a 1:1 ratio, while Starwood requires an unfavorable 2:1 ratio (United is not an option for Membership Rewards transfers).

As usual, please leave a comment if you find any errors, and we will be sure to have them corrected.

The Charts

When you download this Excel document that I created, you will see that there are two separate charts: Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

The first one is a list of every partner of the Ultimate Rewards airline transfer partners (79 in all) including which alliance they are in and which partners’ miles you can use to book awards on them.

The second set of information is a list of the Ultimate Rewards airline partners grouped by alliance and then notes on which non-alliance partners you can redeem their miles.

For more information, check out the following posts:

Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

Ranking the Top Chase Travel Credit Cards

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  • Diamond Vargas

    One-way awards with Korean Air miles are only on Korean Air metal. Only round trips on partners. http://www.koreanair.com/local/na/gd/eng/sp/rm/eng_sp_rm_pa.jsp

  • thepointsguy

    Good point – we’ll add a clarification.

  • Frank Doyle

    BTW, you really should use goodle drive for your spreadsheet. It’s hard to trust any downloads of excel files from websites, no matter how trustworthy the source in theory.

  • ZJ

    Not compatible with Apple Numbers…

  • SgFm

    The original Amex file opened in Microsoft Excel with no problem. I can no longer open that or the Ultimate Rewards one today :-(
    The Amex one was great, just sorry I can’t see the others.

  • disqust101

    Eh, so what?

  • misty

    How to view if on a Mac?

  • Adam

    But TPG isn’t it really hard to get partner availability on BA? That kind of limits those partners? By the by, i only ask this… much appreciate you putting this great chart together!

  • SuperKirby

    Great point, Frank.

  • SgFm

    I can now see MOST of the chart (YAY), but the header “operating carrier” is missing for the entire chart :-(
    Thanks again for putting these together. I look forward to seeing all of this very useful chart!

  • Courtney

    Dude, you make great charts…and super helpful. Thanks!

  • lid

    Ultimate Rewards can also be redeemed on Etihad via Korean Air.

  • imagine002

    The thing I can’t seem to figure out is whether these points count towards your status on the airline or not. I’m not sure if all credit card point transfers do it the same way, either.

  • thepointsguy

    No they do not.

  • Michelle

    Can I userhetorically rewards to book a flight with Delta?

  • RichV

    Is it possible to transfer miles from United into Chase Ulitmate Rewards Points?

  • L.A. Lady

    No. You can only transfer from your UR account to one of their partners. The only way to get UR points into your account is to earn them through purchases or have a spouse give them to you (Chase is cracking down on point transfers to people other than a spouse or domestic partner).

    I wanted to do the same thing but a CSR confirmed the above info…

  • DB

    I’d would really like to see the spreadsheet, but it’s not viewable on my Mac. Does anyone have any ideas on how to convert it or otherwise make it viewable? Thanks.

  • NS

    Can Chase Sapphire (not preferred) take advantage of this?

  • jsmith01

    Actually not a good choice, many people are locked out of document sharing sites like Google drive by work polices, so if you go only Google Drive you’ll lock out many potential users.

  • Leticia

    What do you mean by “United is not an option for Membership Rewards transfers”?

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