Reader Question: Can You Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points From the Chase Freedom Card To United?

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Million Mile Secrets reader pianistas tweeted:

How do I transfer Ultimate Rewards points to United?  I have the Chase Freedom Card but I have never seen that option…

Chase Freedom Points Transfer

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Cash Back Or Ultimate Rewards Points

Pianistas’ Chase Freedom is marketed as a cash back card which earns 5 times the number of Ultimate Rewards points (up to $1,500 or 7,500 points a quarter) on purchases he would normally make.

You can redeem these Ultimate Rewards points for cash back (which is how the Chase Freedom card is marketed).  Or transfer them to certain other Chase cards.  And from there to airlines or hotels!

Each quarter, there are different bonus categories, so Pianistas can earn an additional $300 cash back or 30,000 Ultimate Rewards points a year (7,500 points per quarter X 4 quarters in a year) assuming he spends $1,500 in each quarterly bonus category.

The Chase Freedom is a fee-free card so Pianistas should keep it for a long time.  Keeping a card for a long time helps increase his credit score and builds a history with Chase which often has the best offers.

Transfer To Airlines Or Hotels

Pianistas has not seen the “Transfer Points to Travel Partners” option when he signs into his Ultimate Rewards account because the Chase Freedom does not allow – direct –  transfers to airline and hotels!

Pianistas has to transfer the Ultimate Rewards points from his Chase Freedom to an Ultimate Rewards points earning card such as the Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus, which allows you to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to hotels and airlines.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to transfer points from the Chase Freedom to a card which allows you to transfer them to hotels and airlines.

The “Transfer Points to Travel Partners” is only available to Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus,cardholders.

Chase Freedom Points Transfer

The Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold & Ink Plus have a “Transfer Points To Travel Partners” Option, but the Chase Freedom Does Not!

So he should first transfer his Ultimate Rewards Points from the Chase Freedom to the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus.

And then log-in to his Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus and click on “Transfer Points to Travel Partners” to transfer his Ultimate Rewards points to airlines or hotels such as United or Hyatt!

I like to transfer my Ultimate Rewards points to United, Hyatt, & Southwest, but you should transfer to the airline or hotel which meets your travel needs the best.

Bottom Line

Pianistas can’t transfer Ultimate Rewards points from his Chase Freedom card to United unless he has a Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

But he can transfer points from his Ultimate Rewards points to the Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Sapphire Preferred card.  And then transfer them to airline or hotel partners!

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22 responses to “Reader Question: Can You Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points From the Chase Freedom Card To United?

  1. Can we transfer UR from chase freedom to someone else having a sapphire referred account? And then having him transfer to your airline/hotel account?

  2. Would it be possible to transfer Chase Freedom Points from my card to my spouse’s Ultimate Reward Points account?

    • @Vinay @Jason – The terms say that you can transfer points from your Freedom to your spouse/domestic partners Sapphire Preferred/Ink Bold etc. Chase has shut down accounts with repeated transfers to non-spouses/domestic partners.

  3. I don’t use my DH’s last name. Now I’d like to transfer my Ink Bold points to his United account. Should I call Chase before the transfer, so they won’t close my account mistakenly?

  4. I would UNDERSCORE for freedom the “YOU NEED TO HAVE ANOTHER CARD (the SPECIFIC ones Darius listed)” with Chase and other chase comments.

    Otherwise, there is no customer service/request workaround that I know of if you do not. However, since for example the Chase Sapphire preferred has 1st year fee waived and 30,000 more bonus start up points, I would defiantly go for the preferred. I closed my Freedom account and wish I had kept it open at say a minimal 500 credit level, but was looking to do big time spending with the BA card-30K first year for 100K bonus in addition to 1.25 points on all purchases $1 and at 30K the 2 for 1 companion certificate, which I saw Darius was able to use, I believe to India) Maybe that is the limit. It seems like a great deal but since I have received it in my account, I don’t see any very long itineraries available for 2 in particular in F-or even J- (say LAX-LHR-SIN, or even onwards to SYD). Only flights beginning in the US and ending in Europe is what I have seen in terms of availability. Was hoping to go to Sydney the other way, eastbound. Oh, well.

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  6. Hello Darius,

    Is it possible to transfer points in the other direction? IE transfer Southwest points INTO Chase Ultimate Rewards? I haven’t been able to find an article that says one way or the other. Thanks!

  7. How long does it take to transfer Ultimate Rewards to United miles? I’ve picked out some first class flights and need more miles and I’m worried they won’t be there long or do they add more as it gets closer. The flights aren’t until Nov. Thanks!

  8. Hello. I have about 20000 UR points locked up in my Freedom. I do not have any other Chase accounts that would allow a direct transfer, however my husband does have a Sapphire Pref and a Freedom. I just called Chase and asked if they could transfer the points but they said no. Is there something I’m doing wrong or misunderstanding?


  9. My wife has the Chase Freedom card and neither one of us has a card that we can transfer her points to. I was looking on there and found a workaround I think. Since we have a trip we are working towards in a year or two I found out on there that we can get gift cards for car rentals and also Marriott and numerous other travel gift cards. And I guess there is always the option of continuing building up the points and just get the cash back before we leave on our trip!

  10. Forgot to ask though, I do have an Amazon Rewards card and a Slate card both issued by Chase. Is there a way to transfer points from freedom to either of them? thanks

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  17. I have the Chase freedom card, I’m also a AU on a Chase Sapphire preferred card, can I transfer the points to Sapphire preferred that I’m not a owner of just a AU?