Chase Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfer Partner Sweet Spots

There are nine Chase airline transfer partners in total. While it is great news to know that you can transfer your points to nine airlines, the million dollar question is, what is the best use of my points with each airline? So read on to find out what Chase redemption sweet spots are available when you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to each airline.

Earning Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

You can earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points in two different ways. Some Chase credit cards earn points directly, while others earn cashback that can be converted to Ultimate Rewards points. The following cards earn Chase Ultimate rewards directly:

Cards that earn cash back that can be converted include:

One thing to remember if you want to convert your cashback to Ultimate Rewards Points you need to hold a fee-paying card that earns points directly like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

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BA Executive Club Chase sweet spots

British Airways has a few Chase sweet spots.
British Airways has a few Chase sweet spots. Photo: WIkimedia

British Airways is notorious for levying extortionate fees on award bookings, and in some cases, the cost of fees for an Chase airline transfer economy award may be larger than booking the flights directly via a third party. Fees are levied on both BA and partner awards.

These charges make long-haul awards relatively poor value with BA, and your best option is shorter awards in business class.

BA prices awards according to the distance flown and has broken down awards into zones; the best value can be had from

  • Zone 2 (651-1,151 miles)- awards in business class for this zone will typically set you back 15,000 Avios one-way
  • Zone 3 (1,152-2,000)- awards in business class for this zone will typically set you back 25,000 Avios one-way

Iberia Plus Chase sweet spots

Find some Chase sweet spots with Iberia
Find some Chase sweet spots with Iberia. Photo: Iberia

Iberia operates a very similar system to British Airways, which will come as no surprise since both carriers are owned by the International Airline Group (IAG). Both programs share the same currency, ‘Avios’, and you can actually transfer Avios between both programs.

When it comes to redemptions, Iberia is not quite as good as BA and has more restrictive Chase sweet spots. The airline prices its awards in 2 categories peak and off-peak, and your best option is always to find an off-peak award.

One of the best uses of Iberia Avios is off-peak redemptions from the US to Madrid. Economy fares will set you back between 17,000 and 22,000 miles one way, while one-way business class redemptions are a steal at 34,000 miles.

Aer Lingus sweet spots

There are no major Chase sweet spots with Aer Lingus. However, since the company is, like Iberia and BA, owned by IAG and you can redeem BA Avios on Aer Lingus, there is an excellent Aer Lingus sweet spot which you can book with BA.

Aer Lingus operates a flight from Dublin to Montreal, which covers a distance of 2,973 miles. Sliding in just a whisker under the 3,000 miles barrier, awards on this flight will set you back the following:

  • 10,000 Avios (off-peak) or 12,500 Avios (peak) one way in economy
  • 31,250 Avios (off-peak) or 37,500 Avios (peak)one way in business

JetBlue sweet spots

JetBlue has a unique way of calculating redemptions. Unlike other airlines which price their awards based on the distance of the flight, JetBlue bases the award cost of each flight on the cash price of the ticket. This is not the same as setting a fixed price for it points (for instance each point is worth 2 cents).

With this in mind, JetBlue does not have specific sweet spots since depending on the price of the flight you could pay more points for a shorter flight. If you are looking at extracting the best value for your Chase redemption a date point around 1.8 cents per points is considered excellent value when redeeming JetBlue miles.

Photo: JetBlue

Air France-KLM sweet spots

Air France-KLM Flying Blue has a huge global reach, although when you delve into the program sweet spots can be a little hard to find. However, one of the quirks of the program is that the company classes north Africa and Israel as being part of Europe, which can yield some tremendous value.

One-way fares from the US to Israel and North Africa will set you back in the region of 25,000 miles in economy, and 62,500 miles in business. These prices cover Israel, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and the Canary Islands. Bizarrely one country, Egypt, which is between Libya and Israel is missing from the list since it is in different destination grouping.

Air France-KLM could fly you further for your Chase redemption
Air France-KLM could fly you further for your Chase redemption. Photo: Air France

Although Flying Blue has limited sweet spots, it does offer a monthly promotion that can be excellent value. The monthly promotion typically offers a discount of 25% to 50% across the globe. And quite regularly there are some great options on flights from the US to Europe, amongst others.

Singapore Airline sweet spots

When it comes to redeeming Singapore KrisFlyer miles, your go-to option will always be to redeem your miles for premium cabin (business class, or the famed Singapore suites on the A380). While flights, especially suites, are expensive, the experience is more than worth it as an aspiration Chase redemption.

  • Saver Business class awards from Singapore to the US will set you back 88,000 or 92,000 miles one way to the west or east coast respectively.
  • Saver Business class awards from Singapore to Europe will set you back 85,000 miles one way.
  • Saver first class or suites awards from Singapore to the US will set you back 118,000 or 120,000 miles one way to the west or east coast respectively.
  • Saver first class or suites awards from Singapore to Europe will set you back 115,000 miles one way.

You can also redeem Singapore miles on flights from the US to Hawaii on Singapore’s Star Alliance Partner, United. Singapore is updating its partner award chart effective April 16th, 2019. From then, awards on United from the contiguous US to Hawaii are as follows:

  • 35,000 miles round trip in economy
  • 69,000 miles round trip in business
SIA’s new 380 Business Class. Photo: Singapore Airlines.

United Airlines sweet spots

When it comes to using United miles, more often than not, your best option is to redeem your miles for awards on United metal. While United premium cabins are not exactly something to write home about, this is improving greatly as United retrofits more of its aircraft with its new Polaris product.

United polaris
The Polaris class. Photo: United

Good premium cabin options for United flights from the US include:

  • One way in business class to Europe from 57,500 miles
  • One way in business class to New Zealand and Australia from 70,000 miles
  • One way in first class to New Zealand and Australia from 80,000 miles

Southwest Rapid Rewards sweet spots

Southwest Rapid rewards redemptions operate similarly to JetBlue, in that the cash price of the ticket determines the cost of your award in miles. This eliminates much of the distance-based quirks that yield Chase sweet spots with other programs. Essentially, the more expensive the cash price of the ticket the more miles it will cost you to redeem.

When making an award booking with Southwest, your redemption rates will vary, and finding Chase redemptions that yield a value of 1.7 cents per point are incredibly rare. If you can get anything over 1.54 cents per point with Southwest, you should call that a win.

Boeing 737-800 in Southwest Livery
Southwest’s 737-800. Photo: Boeing

Virgin Atlantic sweet spots

Considering that Virgin Atlantic is a UK based airline that built its reputation on transatlantic flights, it will come as no surprise that some of the best Chase airline transfer options are on flights between the UK and the US.

  • Business class (Virgin Upper class) awards will set you back 40,000 miles one way from the UK to the cities like New York, Washington, and Chicago.
  • Virgin also operates flights to Las Vegas and Los Angeles from various cities in the UK, including London, Manchester, and Glasgow. One-way awards will set you back at least 50,000 miles in business class.
Supersonic 787
Photo: Boeing

Final thoughts

Points and miles is a two-sided game. Most points and miles fans not only put in the hard yards to maximize their earning from every cent they spend on their travel rewards cards, but they also redouble their efforts when it comes to redeeming their miles and will always try and maximize their Chase airline transfer redemption value. Knowing every Chase sweet spot of your transfer partners goes a long way to helping you get the most out of your points.

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