Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles to Chase Ultimate Rewards?

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Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles to Chase Ultimate Rewards?

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Giss comments:

I have 160,000 miles in my American Airlines account. I also have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card.  I like the way Chase Ultimate Rewards allows me to redeem miles easier.  Is it possible to transfer my miles from American Airlines to Chase Ultimate Rewards?

Giss can NOT transfer American Airlines miles to Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles To Chase Ultimate Rewards
Unfortunately, Giss Can NOT Transfer American Airlines Miles to Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

I’ll explain the ways you can transfer different types of miles and points.   And give Giss some suggestions on other ways to use American Airlines miles.

How Can You Transfer Miles & Points?

Here’s a look at how you can transfer different types of points.

1.   Flexible Points

You can transfer flexible points like AMEX Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou points to airline, hotel, or rail partners.

Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles To Chase Ultimate Rewards
It’s 1-Way Only! You Can Transfer Flexible Points to Travel Partners Such as Airlines, Hotels, and Trains. But You Can NOT Transfer Airline, Hotel, and Train Points to These Flexible Points Programs.

The quickest way to earn these flexible points is through bank branded cards.

You can earn American Express Membership Rewards points with:

Cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points include:

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

And you can earn Citi ThankYou points with:

Cards With Points That Directly Transfer to Travel PartnersCards With Points That Transfer ONLY If You Have a Card From First Column
Citi Premier℠ CardCiti ThankYou® Preferred Card
Citi Prestige® CardCiti ThankYou Preferred for College Students
Citi ChairmanCitiBusiness ThankYou (No Longer Available)
Citi AT&T Access More (No Longer Available)

2.   Airline Miles

Airline miles do NOT transfer to other airlines.  But sometimes you can use miles from 1 airline to book award flights on partner airlines.

For example, you can book American Airlines flights with British Airways Avios points.  But you can NOT combine the miles in your American Airlines account with those in your British Airways account.

Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles To Chase Ultimate Rewards
7,500 British Airways Avios Points Can Get You 1-Way From Charlotte to Turks & Caicos on American Airlines

And sometimes you can transfer airline miles to hotel points.  For instance, Virgin Atlantic miles transfer to Hilton at a 2:3 ratio.

Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles To Chase Ultimate Rewards
Transfer Your Virgin Atlantic Miles to Hilton for a Stay at the Waldorf London

3.   Hotel Points

And sometimes you can transfer hotel points to airlines.

Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles To Chase Ultimate Rewards
You Can Transfer Starwood Hotel Points, Along With AMEX Membership Rewards Points and Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, to British Airways

This makes it easy to earn lots of British Airways Avios points!  But transferring hotel points to airlines isn’t always a good value.

How Can You Use American Airlines Miles?

Emily and I have used our American Airlines miles to book award flights to destinations such as Mumbai and Maui.

Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles To Chase Ultimate Rewards
With Our American Airlines Miles We Were Able to Take a First Class Flight to Mumbai on Etihad, With an On-Board Chef, That Retails for ~$8,000!

If you need help finding ways to use American Airlines miles, you can check out my series, How to Book American Airlines Award Flights Like a Pro.  And for assistance with finding routing and flights that will work for your vacation plans, you may consider working with an award booking service.

Bottom Line

Unfortunately, you can NOT transfer American Airlines miles to Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  You can transfer flexible points (such as Chase Ultimate Rewards points and American Express Membership Rewards points) to airline, hotel, or rail partners.

But it does NOT work the other way around.

If you’re looking for a way to use your American Airlines miles, my American Airlines award booking guide has tips!  You can also check out our trip reports for ideas.

Or if you’d rather let someone else do the booking, you may want to use an award booking service.

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I need some help regarding Chase Ultimate Rewards. I have about 150K UR and I’m looking to fly roundtrip to Europe ( Bos > Ams and then return Bar > Bos). I’m having trouble figuring out if I should transfer to United, British Airways or another. Please help guide me in the right direction!

Are you kidding? The person asked, “…Is it possible to transfer my miles from American Airlines to Chase Ultimate Rewards?”

And the title of this blog post is “Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles to Chase Ultimate Rewards?”

Absolutely nothing misleading whatsoever.

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