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Andrew W: Chase Ultimate Rewards points are one of my favorites because of their ease of use and flexibility in redeeming them for travel! There are plenty of redemption options, and you can even combine points across all of your cards into a single card for simplicity.
The flexibility of the points also goes beyond your own account, because Chase allows you to transfer points to another family member’s account. This can make booking a family vacation much easier!
Million Mile Secrets reader, Troy, asks:
My family members and I have several Chase cards. If we add each other as authorized users to the cards, can we transfer points between our accounts?
Hi Troy and thanks for writing in! When it comes to transferring points to another family member’s account, you’ll be happy to know that Chase DOES allow you to do this for one other person if they live in the same household. After all, it’s a lot easier to book flights for multiple people if the points are all in one account. This can also come in handy if you have a family member who needs just a few extra miles to book a flight with points.
Just remember that authorized user cards WILL count towards 5/24 status with Chase. This could affect your ability to qualify for Chase cards in the future, because Chase will NOT approve you for many of their best travel rewards credit cards if you have opened 5 or more credit cards from ANY bank in the past 24 months (excluding certain small business cards and Chase business cards).
If you happen to be over 5/24 because of authorized user cards, you might still be in luck! There are many reports online from folks stating they have called Chase and successfully removed the authorized user cards from their 5/24 count.
The rules for transferring points are slightly different depending on whether you have a personal or business card. I’ll go through the rules for each, explain why it’s so important to follow the rules, and walk you through how to do the actual transfers.
Rules for Sharing Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
If you have a personal credit card and are looking to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to one other person, Chase just requires that they are a member of your household, and that the account is in good standing.
Many of the best Chase credit cards earn valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards points which you can transfer to someone else’s account, even if the cards are advertised differently as points or cash back! So for instance, you could transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Freedom to a family member’s Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
You can do transfers online, in-person at a Chase branch, or by calling the number on the back of your Chase card.
If you have a business credit card and want to transfer points to someone else, the rules are very similar, except you have the added option to give the points to an owner of the company. In other words, you can move the points to someone else if they are either a member of your household OR a co-owner of the business.
Point transfers to someone else’s account are heavily scrutinized by Chase, so it’s important to make sure you follow the rules and not try any shortcuts. If Chase finds out, they could close out your accounts and you would be jeopardizing all of your points.
How to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to an Authorized User
Step 1. Sign Into Your Chase Ultimate Rewards Account
First, login to your Chase Ultimate Rewards account. You can do this by signing into your account from the Chase homepage, and then clicking on the “Ultimate Rewards” banner on the right-hand side of your screen.
Step 2. From the Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal Homepage, Click on “Combine Points”
Once you’re into the Chase Ultimate Rewards page, go to the banner at the top of the screen and click on “Combine Points”
Step 3. On the Right-Hand Side, Click “Add Household Member”
This will take you to the next screen, giving you the option of adding a household member so that you can transfer points to them.
Step 4. Enter the Other Cardmember’s Information in the Fields Below, and You’re All Set!
The last step is to enter the account number and last name, and then click “Continue.” Remember, they must be a household member if you want to transfer points to them. If it is a business card, they do not need to be a household member as long as they are a co-owner of the company.
Once you’ve transferred the points to the other person’s account, they’ll also be able to move the points among their own cards. So for instance, if you transferred the points to their Chase Freedom card, they could then combine the points with their Chase Sapphire Preferred card, or any other Chase card that also earns Ultimate Rewards points.
When you transfer points to the other person, you can still freely move points back and forth. So if the other person decides they no longer need the points, they can login to their Chase Ultimate Rewards account and simply transfer the points back to you.
For personal accounts, Chase allows you to transfer points to one other person as long as they also live in the same household. If you would like to transfer points from a business credit card to someone, they can be either a household member OR a co-owner of that company.
Transferring the points and having them in a single account can make it much easier to book a flight for multiple people. This also comes in very handy if a member of your household needs just a few extra miles to book an award flight!
Chase heavily scrutinizes these types of points transfers and can close out your accounts, so just make sure you are following these rules.
And if you do decide to add someone as an authorized user to your cards, just remember that it will count towards their 5/24 status with Chase. So if they have opened 5 or more credit cards from ANY bank in the past 24 months (excluding certain small business cards and Chase business cards), they may not be able be approved for many of Chase’s credit cards.