Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Loses a Transfer Partner

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December 7, 2015, will be the last day to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Amtrak.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Will Lose Amtrak As A Transfer Partner On December 7, 2015

All Aboard! Transfer Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Amtrak by December 7, 2015

What’s Happening?

Link:   Should You Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Amtrak Now That Their Program Is Changing?

Link:   Two New Amtrak Credit Cards, Should You Get One?

Via View From the Wing, Chase will remove the option to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Amtrak.

December 7, 2015, will be the last day to make the transfer.

Remember, you’re allowed to move your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Amtrak (and other partners like United Airlines, Southwest, and Hyatt) when you have 1 of these cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Will Lose Amtrak As A Transfer Partner On December 7, 2015

If You Want to Use Your Points for Travel on Amtrak, Transfer Them Soon!

Amtrak is changing to a revenue-based program on January 24, 2016, but you can still get good deals on train travel.

Bank of America recently introduced 2 new Amtrak credit cards, so it looks like Amtrak is ending their partnership with Chase.

This is disappointing because it means folks will have fewer ways to redeem their Chase Ultimate Rewards points in a couple of months.  That said, last year Chase added Singapore Airlines.  So if this is a swap of sorts, many folks would make that trade.

There are always changes in our hobby, so when you see a good deal, go for it!  Because we never know when it might end.

Hopefully, Chase will add another new travel transfer partner to replace Amtrak!

Book These Awards While You Still Can!

If you want to plan a trip on Amtrak with its current zoned-based award chart, be sure to book it before January 24, 2016.  And if you want to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points, we now know you’ll have until December 7, 2015, to transfer your points.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Will Lose Amtrak As A Transfer Partner On December 7, 2015

Award Pricing Based on the Number of Zones You Cross Will Go Away on January 24, 2016. And Roomette and Sleeper Awards Will Cost Many More Points!

Here’s how many points you’ll need:

One Zone

  • Coach Class – 5,500
  • Business Class – 6,500
  • Roomette (for up to 2 people) – 15,000 total
  • Bedroom (for up to 3 people) – 25,000 total

Two Zones

  • Coach Class – 8,000
  • Business Class – 10,500
  • Roomette (for up to 2 people) – 20,000 total
  • Bedroom (for up to 3 people) – 40,000 total

Three Zones

  • Coach Class – 10,500
  • Business Class – 12,500
  • Roomette (for up to 2 people) – 35,000 total
  • Bedroom (for up to 3 people) – 60,000 total

Northeast Zone

  • Coach Class – 4,000
  • Business Class – 6,500
  • Roomette (for up to 2 people) – 15,000 total
  • Bedroom (for up to 3 people) – 20,000 total

Special Routes (Various Short-Haul Between Popular Cities)

  • Coach Class – 1,500
  • Business Class – 2,000

Acela Express (High-Speed Train Between Boston and Washington, DC)

  • Business Class – 8,000
  • First Class – 12,000

Read about the best Amtrak awards and take advantage of Amtrak’s zone-based award chart and roomette awards while you still can!

Bottom Line

Amtrak has lots of changes coming up!  Starting January 24, 2016, they’re changing to a revenue-based program that will be better for some.  And recently Amtrak came out with 2 new credit cards.

And now we’ve learned that December 7, 2015, will be the last day to transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Amtrak.

You can still get good deals even after all the changes, so if you like to travel on Amtrak, it might be worth transferring some of your Chase Ultimate Rewards points within the next couple of months.

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6 responses to “Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Loses a Transfer Partner

  1. No surprise here once they announced they were switching banks and to a revenue system where it is about 2.5 cents a point. That would make Ultimate Rewards extremely valuable to transfer to Amtrak.

  2. Almost gave me a heart attack there, Daraius. Probably should have gone with a less sensational headline lol. Glad it is only Amtrak.

  3. I transferred 40,000 points to travel from Chicago to LAX in a Superliner Bedroom for 3 people with the 3rd person(my child under 12) paying $150. The total trip will be two trains Empire Builder & Coast Starlight with a changeover at PDX. This will be 78 hours of train journey and the tickets otherwise would’ve cost $2800. This is an excellent value I believe. But all this fun ends Jan 23rd.

  4. I’ll second what @Joe said: When I saw the headline I was petrified that it was going to turn out to be Singapore Airlines. Hands-down, the best air travel experience I’ve had so far was R class on the A380 from LAX to SIN (via NRT). So much so that even though I don’t aim to backtrack in my travels, I’d love to do that type of flight again. So, yeah, big relief that it’s “only” Amtrak (although this also means I’ll have to pull the trigger sooner on my booking of the Empire Builder from Portland to Chicago for after I run the Hood to Coast relay next year)…

  5. Question: If I transfer Chase Ultimate Points….say 40,000 of them at this time, will I be able to use them for a 2 zone trip in a bedroom say, in 18 months from now??? In other words, has Amtrak said anything about any deadline one has before Chase Ultimate points already transferred into the Amtrak account must be used??

  6. @Stephen – Agreed.

    @Joe Finkleberg – Sorry for the mini heart attack! Looking forward to seeing what Chase plans to do next!

    @Kumar – Wow! Enjoy that trip!

    @Scott – That sounds like a terrific trip! And yes, you should transfer soon.

    @Jonathan – You’ll have to follow the award rules at the time you redeem points. They change on January 24, 2016:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/09/02/best-amtrak-deals-using-their-new-award-program/