When it comes to travel, flights and hotels are a big part of the expense. But did you know you can use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for more than just hotels and flights with travel partners?
The Chase Travel Portal is a powerful tool you can use to book rental cars, tours, event tickets, and more with Chase Ultimate Rewards points!
I’ll show you, step by step, how to book flights, hotels, rental cars, and other activities through the Chase Travel Portal. But first, you’ll want to know what your Chase Ultimate Rewards points are worth, because they do NOT all have the same value.
What Are Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Worth?
Depending on which Chase card you have, your Chase Ultimate Rewards points have a different value when used to book travel through the Chase Travel Portal.
This is the value of each point when you’re booking with the Chase Travel Portal:
|Chase Ultimate Rewards Card||How Much Are Points Worth Toward Travel?|
|Chase Freedom||1 cent|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited||1 cent|
|Chase Sapphire (no longer available)||1 cent|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred||1.25 cents|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve℠||1.5 cents|
|Chase Ink Business Cash||1 cent|
|Chase Ink Bold (no longer available)||1.25 cents|
|Chase Ink Plus (no longer available)||1.25 cents|
|Chase Ink Business Preferred||1.25 cents|
Chase Ultimate Rewards points are easy to transfer between cards, to a member of your household, or to a joint business owner. So you should always be able to redeem for the highest value.
How to Log Into the Chase Travel Portal
These are the cards you can still get that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points:
|Card||Sign-Up Bonus & Minimum Spending Requirements||Our Review|
|Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card||80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account||Read why this is the top card pick for small business owners|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account||The #1 card for beginners|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve℠||50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account||Lots of folks love this premium credit card because of the ongoing perks!|
|Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card||$300 bonus (30,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points) after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account||Read our review of this great no-annual-fee small business card!|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited||$150 bonus (15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points) after spending $500 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account||Earn 1.5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 on ALL purchases with no cap!
|Chase Freedom||$150 bonus (15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points) after spending $500 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account||Here's my review of this great no-annual-fee card!|
Step 1. Log Into Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Account
First, you need to log into your Chase account.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll need to get to the Chase Ultimate Rewards page. On the right side, click the “Ultimate Rewards” box.
Or if your homepage looks like the one below, you’ll have to scroll down and click on the “Ultimate Rewards” tab on the bottom left side of the screen.
Step 2. Pick the Points You Want to Pay With
If you have multiple Chase Ultimate Rewards points earning credit cards, you’ll need to choose which card’s points to book your travel with. Typically, you’ll want to go with the card that has the highest value per point, as shown in the earlier table.
Step 3. Open the Chase Travel Portal
At this point, you’ll click “Use Points” followed by “Explore & Book Travel.”
Now you’re ready to search for and book your travel!
Find the Travel You Want to Book
You can book flights, hotels, rental cars, and various activities with your Chase Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase Travel Portal. I’ll show you how to search for each type of travel. And at the end, I’ll show you how to finish the booking process, which is almost exactly the same for each booking.
Some folks love booking flights through the Chase Travel Portal because you don’t have to worry about blackout dates. And you’ll earn frequent flyer miles at the same time! And sometimes, you can save points on flights too!
Step 1. Search for Your Flight
Begin by selecting the “Flights” option. Then choose either “Round Trip,” “One Way,” or “Multiple Destination.”
Now, enter the cities, dates, number of people, and the class you want to fly. You can also choose to search for only non-stop flights and you can include flights with multiple airlines. Click the “Search” button to look for flights.
Step 2. Narrow or Sort Your Search & Select Your Flight
You have the option to narrow your search by the airline, flight number, number of stops, flight times, price range, and booking class. Once you’ve selected the filters you want to add to your search, click “Apply Filters.”
You can also sort your search results by the airline, departure time, arrival time, trip duration, and the price.
Then click the “Select” button beside the flight you want.
Step 3. Choose Your Return Flight
If you are booking a round-trip or multiple destination journey, you’ll need to choose your next flight. Follow the same steps as above for refining your search.
Then click the appropriate “Select” button.
Now you’re ready to confirm and book your flight. You can skip down to the “Finish Your Booking” section.
With the Chase Travel Portal, you can book hotels that aren’t transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards! And there are some situations where booking hotels through the Chase Travel Portal will cost fewer points than transferring to a travel partner.
Step 1. Search for Your Hotel
Start your search by selecting “Hotels” and entering the city, dates, and number of people that will be staying.
Then click the “Search” button.
Step 2. Refine Your Search
Now you have the option to view a map of the hotels. Or you can narrow your search by hotel name, price range, whether or not it’s refundable, star rating, amenities, and TripAdvisor rating. Then click “Apply Filters” to refine your search.
And once your search is complete, you can sort your results by the TripAdvisor rating, star rating or price per night.
Once you’ve found the hotel you want, click the “All Rooms” button beside it to continue your booking.
Step 3. Select Your Room
Now you have a chance to scroll through the available rooms and pick the one you want by clicking “Book.”
To see the steps for completing your booking, skip to the “Finish Your Booking” section.
3. Rental Car
One of the great things about booking a rental car through the Chase Travel Portal is you can still get primary rental car insurance! But you’ll have to pay with the points (or card) associated with a Chase Ultimate Rewards card that comes with primary rental car insurance, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve.
Step 1. Search for Rental Cars
Start by selecting the “Cars” tab. Now you can enter your pick-up and drop-off locations (they can be the same), dates and times of your trip, and the age of the driver.
Continue by clicking the “Search” button.
Step 2. Narrow Your Search or Sort Your Results
You can refine your search results by the car’s options (automatic, air conditioning, etc.), car type, and the rental car company. Then click one of the “Apply Filters” buttons to narrow your search.
Or you can sort the search by car type, company, and price per day.
Once you’ve found the car you want, click “Book This Car.”
To see the steps for completing your booking, skip to the “Finish Your Booking” section.
Once you’ve figured out where you’re staying and how you’re getting there, you’ll want to book things to do on your trip. And the Chase Travel Portal allows you to do that with your Chase Ultimate Rewards points!
Step 1. Search for Activities
Select the “Activities” tab and enter the city and dates of your trip. Then click the “Search” button.
Step 2. Refine or Sort Your Search Results
You’ll be able to narrow your search by typing in an activity name or selecting one of the many categories, and then clicking “Apply Filters.”
You can also sort the results by activity, category, and price.
When you find an activity you want to book, click “Show Details and Pricing.”
Step 3. Enter the Date & Number of People
Enter the date and the number of people you want to book the activity for. Then click “Show Rates.”
Step 4. Book Your Activity
At this point, you can change the date or number of people if you want to.
Otherwise, click the “Book This Activity” button.
Now you’re ready to finish booking your activity!
Finish Your Booking
These steps will be almost exactly the same for each different type of booking. But when you’re booking a flight you’ll have to enter a little more information. So I’ll show you screenshots from a flight booking.
Step 1. Review & Confirm
This is your chance to double check you’ve made the right booking on the dates you want to travel. Once you’ve confirmed the trip’s details, click “Begin Checkout” to continue.
Step 2. Change the Number of Points You’re Paying With
You can pay for your entire booking with Chase Ultimate Rewards points or you can pay with a combination of points and cash. If you want to change how you are paying, make sure you click the “Update” button or the change won’t go through.
On the bottom right of the screen, click “Next” to continue.
Step 3. Enter Your Personal Information
Now you’ll need to enter the personal information of all travelers, including first and last names, email addresses, gender, and date of birth. When booking flights you’ll have to enter every traveler’s information. But this isn’t the case with hotels, rental cars, etc.
You’ll also be able to add your loyalty account number (frequent flyer, hotel, etc.). You will earn frequent flyer miles or points on your flights! But hotel and car rental bookings will NOT earn miles or points.
For flights, you’ll have the additional step of adding the “Lead Traveler Contact Information.” This is the contact information for one of the passengers, most likely you.
The last thing you’ll have to do before you can click “Save and Continue” is check the small box to confirm the names match their government-issued IDs.
After this step, you’ll be brought to the payment section where you can enter your credit card information and finish your booking.
But they are even more useful than that! You can use the Chase Travel Portal to book everything from rental cars to boat tours to concert tickets. This makes it easy to use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to save on the other travel expenses besides just flights and hotels.
What is your favorite way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points? Let me know in the comments!