Should I Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Hotels Ahead Of Time?
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
TPG Twitter follower Saianel has a question about transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points:
The answer is no. The beauty of Chase points is that they transfer instantly to most of their partners (sometimes IHG Rewards/Priority Club takes a day or two), and what’s great about that is knowing that you can transfer to any of the ten partners depending on your needs.
The one exception I’d note is if a program is going to devalue their awards and you want to book awards before they do that. For instance, Hyatt is devaluing its award chart in January by creating a new top-tier category and raising the award points requirements on some categories, and I know a lot of people are trying to book their awards before those changes come into effect. So it might make sense to transfer points now and book some stays at the pre-devaluation levels that might make sense.
You should always have a specific booking in mind, though. I don’t recommend just transferring points – whether it’s Amex or Chase – randomly into programs. If you have Starwood Preferred Guest points, transfer times can turn into weeks in some cases, so the downside there is that you could find amazing award availability, transfer your points to your airline account then sit around for days on end waiting for the miles to show up and when they do, that award has disappeared.
However, in general, you shouldn’t transfer your transferable points until you have a booking in mind, and certainly not with Chase since those transfers go through instantly for the most part, especially to Hyatt.
For more information, check out these posts: NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200 CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners *Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
The Ultimate Guide to Chase Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers
Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners
Ranking the Top Chase Travel Credit Cards
Why I Love Chase Ultimate Rewards
Top 10 Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner
NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.