Great News for Award Flights to Europe Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points!

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Your Chase Ultimate Rewards points will become even more valuable this summer!  TAP Portugal will introduce 2 new flights between the US and Portugal.  And hopefully, this will mean more award seats to Europe!

Great News For Award Flights To Europe Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Starting This Summer, You Can Fly Non-Stop to Lisbon, Portugal, From New York – JFK and Boston on TAP Portugal!

TAP Portugal will also partner with JetBlue on paid flights between Portugal and the US.

I’ll share the details.  And how you can book an award flight on the new routes!

What’s Going On?

Link:   TAP Portugal Route Map

Link:   How to Fly to Europe With the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

TAP Portugal announced they’ll add 2 new routes to Lisbon, Portugal, this summer.  They’ll fly between:

  • Boston and Lisbon starting June 11, 2016
  • New York – JFK and Lisbon starting July 1, 2016
Great News For Award Flights To Europe Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Here’s Your Chance to Find Out What Makes Portugal So Special! Visit Medieval Castles, Try Local Seafood and Wine, and Explore Beautiful Towns Near the Atlantic Coast, Like Sintra!

This is great news for folks with Chase Ultimate Rewards points!  That’s because you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines at a 1:1 ratio.

And then use United Airlines miles to book flights to Europe on Star Alliance partners (including TAP Portugal)!

Note:   You can NOT transfer United Airlines miles to other airlines.  And once you transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines, you can NOT reverse the transaction.

For partner award flights to Europe, United Airlines charges:

  • 30,000 United Airlines miles 1-way in coach
  • 70,000 United Airlines miles 1-way in Business Class
  • 110,000 United Airlines miles 1-way in First Class
Great News For Award Flights To Europe Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

You’ll Pay 30,000 United Airlines Miles Each Way for a Non-Stop Coach Award Flight From Boston or New York to Lisbon on TAP Portugal

Remember, United Airlines never adds fuel surcharges to award flights.  So in addition to your miles, you’ll only pay ~$53 round-trip for your award ticket.

A friend of mine was in Lisbon recently and raved about the delicious fresh seafood.  He was also excited to tell me about very affordable Port wine and the local cherry liqueur, Ginjinha.

From Lisbon, you can take a very easy and quick train to the mountain town of Sintra to visit ancient castles, get great views of the local scenery, and explore cute boutiques and shops.

You can also use Lisbon as a jumping-off point to explore more of Europe for cheap with budget airlines!

My Favorite Combination for Earning Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   Chase Freedom

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is my top pick for beginners.  And Chase Ultimate Rewards is my favorite points program.

I like using the Chase Sapphire Preferred card for travel and dining purchases, because it earns 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent in those categories.  I use it overseas because there is NO foreign transaction fee.

Great News For Award Flights To Europe Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Freedom Go Together Like Fresh Portuguese Seafood and Local Wine. And, You’ll Earn Bonus Points on Dining With the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card!

And the Chase Freedom card has rotating quarterly categories that earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

For example, you’ll earn 5X points (5% cash back) on commuter transportation and at gas stations from January 1, 2016, to March 31, 2016, on up to $1,500 in spending when you activate the bonus.

So you can earn up to 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points each quarter by taking advantage of the rotating 5X bonus.

And, when you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you can combine all your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  And then use the Chase Sapphire Preferred to transfer them to airline and hotel partners like United Airlines and Hyatt.

From there, you can use United Airlines miles for award flights all over the world (without fuel surcharges!).

Stay for Free!

You can use your United Airlines miles to cover the cost of your flight and then use your hotel points to stay in Europe for free.

My guides on where to stay in Europe with hotel points might give you ideas:

The New JetBlue Partnership

TAP Portugal also said they have a new partnership with JetBlue, but didn’t say when it begins.  This agreement would let JetBlue sell connecting flights on TAP Portugal to its customers, and vice-versa.

It doesn’t look like you’ll be able to book these flights with miles or points, though.  And it’s not yet clear if you’ll be able to earn miles or points on either airline for the partner flights.

If I find out more details, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Bottom Line

Starting this summer, TAP Portugal will add 2 new flights between the US and Europe.  You can fly between Boston and Lisbon as of June 11, 2016.  And between New York – JFK and Lisbon on July 1, 2016.

This is excellent news for folks with Chase Ultimate Rewards points (my favorite kind of points!).  That’s because you can transfer them to United Airlines.

And then use United Airlines miles to book flights on Star Alliance partners, including TAP Portugal.

I like earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points with a combination of the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Freedom cards.

Between these 2 cards, you can earn bonus points for lots of everyday purchases, like 5X points (5% cash back) on commuter expenses and gas from January 1, 2016, to March 31, 2016, on up to $1,500 in spending on the Chase Freedom card when you activate the bonus.

Will these new routes inspire you to visit Portugal?

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5 responses to “Great News for Award Flights to Europe Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points!

  1. That’s a hell of a lot of UR (140K) for a r/t BOS-LIS in Business. I’ll pass.

  2. We went to Portugal last June. We flew TAP out of EWR-Newark. We flew into Porto (OPO) in business class and then returned from Lisbon (LIS) in coach, since it was a fairly short daytime flight, to save some miles (just booked us both into aisle seats). We were very pleasantly surprised by TAP J, although the seats were not fully lie-flat. The food was quite good, and the amenity kits were cute little tins! Portugal is a fun country and can be quite inexpensive compared to other European destinations. Loved it!

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  4. @phil – You could always add another flight to another destination and connect in Portugal. Just another way to use your points. You never know when it’ll come in handy!

    @Marilyn B – That sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing – it sounds like you had a great time in Portugal! 🙂

  5. Just flew LIS – MIA nonstop. The IFE is wonderful. Selection of new movies is a little less than American carriers, but its an HD screen and audio is great too. And lots of other non-current titles. I just watched 4 new movies and made the flight go fast. Food was decent and service was wonderful. And there wasn’t even lines at the bathrooms.

    The big thing is they are really expanding and adding planes and the MIA route is going every day of the week. A great option. http://www.tapportugal.com/PressRelease/en/tap-portugal-to-introduce-daily-non-stops-to-lisbon-on-new-a330-aircraft-from-new-yorks-jfk-and-boston-logan-airports