5 “Secret” Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners for Big Travel!

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Officially, Chase Ultimate Rewards has 7 airline and 4 hotel transfer partners.  But did you know you can access dozens of other airline and hotel options indirectly with Chase Ultimate Rewards points?  

5 Secret Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners For Big Travel

Emily Flew on Air Berlin to Croatia. And You Can Too, With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points – Even Though Air Berlin Isn’t an “Official” Transfer Partner!

I’ll give you ideas on how you can use your points with partners for more Big Travel!

About Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Link:   Why Chase Ultimate Rewards Is My Favorite Points Program

Chase Ultimate Rewards is my favorite points program because I like the flexibility of their fantastic travel partners, like British Airways and Marriott.

Here are all the travel transfer partners:

 Chase Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfer Partners 
British AirwaysFlying Blue (Air France/KLM)Korean Air
Singapore AirlinesSouthwestUnited Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
 Chase Ultimate Rewards Hotel Transfer Partners 

And here are all the cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points:

Personal CardsBusiness Cards
Chase Sapphire ReserveChase Ink Plus
Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Ink Bold (No Longer Available to New Applicants)
Chase FreedomChase Ink Cash
Chase Freedom Unlimited
Chase Sapphire (No Longer Available to New Applicants)
Note: Points earned from the Chase Freedom, Sapphire, and Ink Cash cards can only be transferred to travel partners if you also have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold card.

Airline transfer partners are your key to many more airlines.  Because most are part of an alliance, or have their own partners.  That means you can indirectly access dozens of global airlines with the 7 partners available through Chase Ultimate Rewards!  For example:

  • British Airways is part of Oneworld (including American Airlines, Air Berlin, and Finnair)
  • Flying Blue is part of SkyTeam (including Delta, Air France, and KLM)
  • United Airlines is part of Star Alliance (including ANA, Lufthansa, and SWISS)

And some airlines have their own partnerships:

  • British Airways partners with Alaska Airlines
  • United Airlines partners with Aer Lingus
  • Virgin Atlantic partners with Virgin America

Let’s look at some ways you can use Chase Ultimate Rewards for “secret” partner awards!

Note:   You can NOT transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to the partners directly.  You must access them indirectly by transferring to one of the airline partners or Marriott first.

1.   Starwood Award Nights With Marriott

Thanks to the Marriott-Starwood merger, you can now transfer Marriott points to Starwood at a 3:1 ratio (3 Marriott points = 1 Starwood point).  To access this feature, simply link your Marriott and Starwood accounts.

5 Secret Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners For Big Travel

It’s Easy to Transfer Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Starwood via Marriott. Sounds Hard, But It’s Not!

From there, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott at a 1:1 ratio.  And then to Starwood for award nights!

This is one of the sweet spots of the merger.  And considering low-tier award nights at Starwood hotels start at 2,000 Starwood points per night on the weekends, that means you can transfer 6,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott, then to Starwood for a last-minute stay!

2.   American Airlines Flights With British Airways Avios Points

Link:   Use American Airlines Miles & British Airways Points to Take a Family Vacation

You can save thousands of American Airlines miles by booking short-haul flights under 1,150 miles with British Airways Avios points instead.  And luckily, Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer instantly to British Airways at a 1:1 ratio!

Short flights are sometimes the most expensive.  That’s because they cost a lot to operate.  Or don’t always have the same demand as longer, more popular routes.

5 Secret Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners For Big Travel

Folks in Dallas Who Want to Visit Cancun Next Spring Can Save ~$420 by Using 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Transferred to British Airways!

For example, I found a one-way flight from Dallas to Cancun next spring for ~$420.  You could book that same flight with 7,500 British Airways Avios points through the British Airways website after making an instant transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards.  In this case, each point is worth ~6 cents each!

And of course, you can book a round-trip Cancun getaway for 15,000 British Airways Avios points, which is much less than the 25,000 or 30,000 American Airlines miles you’d pay, depending on the dates.  So that’s a fantastic deal!

3.   Alaska Airlines Flights With British Airways Avios Points

Link:   How to Fly to Hawaii With British Airways Avios Points

If you want to visit Hawaii, you’re in luck!  Alaska Airlines has several flights to Hawaii from many cities on the West Coast, including:

  • Anchorage
  • Bellingham
  • Oakland
  • Portland
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Jose
  • Seattle

Even better, you can book these flights for only 12,500 British Airways Avios points each way in coach!

5 Secret Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners For Big Travel

Dreaming of Hawaii? Use British Airways Points for Coach Flights on Alaska Airlines!

Not many folks know you can book Alaska Airlines flights with British Airways Avios points via Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  But you can!

First, find the Alaska Airlines flight you want on the American Airlines website.  And then call British Airways at 800-452-1201 to book your award tickets to Hawaii!  If they mention a booking fee, ask them to waive it because you can NOT book these awards online.

You’ll be saying “Aloha” in no time! 🙂

4.   Air Berlin Flights With British Airways Avios Points

Link:   The Best International Awards Using British Airways Avios Points

If you want to visit Europe, consider Air Berlin.  Because they partner with British Airways, you can book their flights after you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways.

5 Secret Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners For Big Travel

You Don’t Have to Make Germany Your Final Stop! Emily Used Miles to Fly on Air Berlin. And Then Had a Fun Trip in Croatia With Her Friends!

Air Berlin’s destinations in the US are:

  • Boston
  • Fort Myers
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • San Francisco

And good deals to Germany on Air Berlin include:

  • Boston to Düsseldorf – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • New York (JFK) to Berlin or Düsseldorf – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Chicago to Berlin – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Fort Myers, FL to Düsseldorf  – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Miami to Berlin or Düsseldorf – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Los Angeles to Düsseldorf – 30,000 British Airways Avios points

Berlin and Düsseldorf are both fantastic cities.  You can stop over in either place and explore.

Or you can use budget airlines, Europe’s great train system, or more award flights with British Airways Avios points, to venture further!  For example, Emily flew on Air Berlin on her way to Croatia for a trip with her friends to dance, eat, and shop!

5.   Aer Lingus Flights With British Airways Avios Points or United Airlines Miles

Link:   Sweet Spot: British Airways Avios Points to Europe Using Chase & Starwood Points!

Feeling the luck of the Irish?  Aer Lingus flies to the following cities in the US:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Hartford
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, DC
5 Secret Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners For Big Travel

Test Your Gift of Gab After a Pint of Guinness in Dublin. You Can Get There for 12,500 British Airways Avios Points Each Way in Coach From Boston!

You can fly to Europe for 30,000 United Airlines miles in coach one-way from the US.  Or you can use British Airways Avios points!  Good deals one-way in coach include:

  • Boston to Dublin – 12,500 British Airways Avios points
  • Chicago to Dublin – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • New York (JFK) to Dublin or Shannon – 20,000 British Airways Avios points
  • Orlando to Dublin – 25,000 British Airways Avios points
  • San Francisco to Dublin – 25,000 British Airways Avios points

So you’ll pay fewer points across the board with British Airways Avios points.  But if you already have lots of United Airlines miles, you can easily top off your account with Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

To find a seat, search on United.com.  If you want to use United Airlines miles, you can book on their website.  But to book with British Airways Avios points, you must call British Airways at 800-452-1201.  Again, ask them to waive any booking fees.  Team member Harlan booked an award from Boston to Dublin and didn’t pay any fees to British Airways!

If you can find an award seat to Dublin or Shannon on Aer Lingus, this is a fantastic deal!  And Dublin is a great place for budget airlines, where Ryanair is based.  So it’s easy to see more of Europe when you begin your trip in Ireland!

Bottom Line

With Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you aren’t limited to their travel transfer partners.  In fact, it’s only the beginning!

Thanks to partnerships and alliances, you have access to dozens of other airlines.  And because of the Marriott-Starwood merger, you can now transfer Marriott points to Starwood at a 3:1 ratio.

Save miles on fantastic trips to Hawaii, Europe (including Ireland), and short flights within the US or to nearby international cities with partners you might not have known about.  This kind of flexibility is why Chase Ultimate Rewards is my favorite points program!

What’s your favorite “secret” way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points?

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19 responses to “5 “Secret” Unofficial Chase Transfer Partners for Big Travel!

  1. I have over 100,000 BA Avois and I have NEVER been able to find a flight to use them on. I’ve done what you, and many other bloggers suggest and I find the flight on AA and call BA but they won’t ever book the flights, I’m always told ONLY flights they can see in their system are eligible. It’s been so frustrating! I would love to be able to book Alaska Airlines flights with BA but that’s never proven to be successful either.

    Has anyone else actually been able to book flights using BA Avios? Am I the exception to the rule or the standard with being unable to?

    • Karen, I use them on Alaska, AA, and Iberia ONLY. I almost never have a problem. Be sure to read the guides on how to do it—this site has one, I think.

    • That sounds frustrating! I’d call back and feed the specific flight number, date to the agent and see if they can book it!

      • @Million Mile Secrets & @BlueCat, I’ve tried feeding them the exact flights I want multiple times but every time I’ve been told that the agents can ONLY book flights they see in their system, that not all AA frequent flier miles flights showing on AA’s site are available for booking by Avios. It’s been a constant frustration.

    • Karen, I don’t know where you want to travel but I just booked a business class ticket from LAX to Rome on Iberia using BA Avios. It was a major pain when I first booked on Iberia using BA Avios but since that first hurdle it has been simple. Google around to find out how to transfer the Avios into your Iberia account–it is not easy but it’s worth it! I’ll be booking a return on Iberia in coach in a few days and the inventory is wide open.

  2. I haven’t been able to book flights on BA either. Even though I could see the availability online I couldn’t book online. So I called BA and they couldn’t book it either!

  3. Just FYI, the partnership between Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic should have expired as of Nov 13th. It’s really a loss, because 30K SPG points transferred to V America used to get you a RT flight to London on V Atlantic in upper class, which was sweeeet! I just got a flight in at the end. And, with the Marriot merger, 90K Marriot points transferred back to SPG would have done the same deal.

  4. Speaking of sweet deals and sweet spots, here is one that was not mentioned. Transfer 80K of UR’s directly into your Virgin Atlantic account, and pick an award flight in upper class to London (LHR) RT from the east coast. Experience the “arrival” lounge at LHR courtesy of Virgin Atlantic. On the way back make sure to leave a few hours extra to spend in the fabulous V Atlantic LHR lounge before departing. So, if you simply got the new Chase Ink card, you have a free premium cabin flight waiting for you. Sweeeet!!!

  5. I have used BA points to book several AS and AA flights in the past few months, including Hawaii; using “find on AA and book online with BA”. The availability is always the same for me. I am not elite on any airline now. A few years ago I booked LON AMS and LON KBP without problem on BA metal. There have been lots of unavailability on BA metal, it’s not all roses. We have over 200,000 BA Avios in a Family Account, all from Chase credit cards.

  6. @Karen, In recent months I’ve had no trouble at all booking flights with Avios on AA and Cathay Pacific. I’ve not had the problem you’re experiencing. That said, I think you’re better off doing your search at ba.com and booking there online. Could it be that the flights you’re seeing on AA and AS are not at the lowest award level?

    • BA NEVER has shows availability on BA.com though. Honest to God. And I’m in the Northeast where I have 4 airports within 2.5 hours of me, make that 3.5 hours and that expands to 7 airports. But BA never shows any flights available for anything when I search, no matter if it’s a domestic search or international. I’ll find flights on AA.com, they’ll be of the lowest, economy saver but every time I try to book over the phone with a BA agent I’m told they cannot book that flight. But others are apparently doing it so I will keep trying. Someday I’ll prevail!

  7. Would avios points be good to use if you want to fly FC on Alaska to hawaii?

  8. How can I transfer my Chase Ultimate Rewards to Delta Airlines? Do I have to transfer them to Korean Airlines?

  9. I will have a bunch of various points and was considering transferring to BA but then I looked for Business Class ticket 6 months out and nothing was available BA flights Europe to Cape Town.

    Then I looked on AA and all sorts of flights came up for the same route and on BA.

    Makes no sense to me but I will not be bother with Avios.