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Step-by-step: How to book travel with the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal

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Step-by-step: How to book travel with the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal

Jason StaufferStep-by-step: How to book travel with the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portalMillion Mile Secrets Team

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You can’t go wrong earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points, because they are incredibly flexible for award travel. You can transfer Chase points to 13 different airline and hotel travel partners. Those options make it easy to book everything from beachside resorts to lie-flat business-class seats. But did you know you can use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for more than just fancy hotels and expensive 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. It’s super easy to book travel on the Chase Ultimate Rewards site and in many cases it can cost fewer points to book through the travel portal instead of transferring your Chase points to travel partners.

I’ll show you, step by step, how to book flights, hotels, rental cars, and other activities through the Chase travel site, but first, you’ll want to know what your Chase Ultimate Rewards points are worth, because they do not always have the same value.

The Chase travel portal can unlock all sorts of lodging options with points and make your Venice dreams come true. (Photo by Yasonya/Shutterstock)

Why use the Chase travel portal?

The Chase travel site is now powered by Expedia, so any hotel, flight or rental car you can book with Expedia should also be available through the Chase website. When you book through the Ultimate Rewards portal you have the option to pay for the purchase with your Chase points. The amount of points you need will vary depending on two factors:

  • The cost of the travel you’re booking
  • The specific Chase credit card you are using

The table below shows the value you’ll get per point for each eligible travel rewards credit card:

Chase Ultimate Rewards CardHow Much Are Points Worth Toward Travel?
Chase Sapphire Reserve1.5 cents
Ink Business Preferred Credit Card1.25 cents
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card1.25 cents
Ink Business Cash Credit Card1 cent
Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card1 cent
Chase Freedom1 cent
Chase Freedom Unlimited1 cent
Chase Ink Bold (no longer available)1.25 cents
Chase Ink Plus (no longer available)1.25 cents
Chase Sapphire (no longer available)1 cent

If have multiple Chase cards, it’s easy to transfer points 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.

The benefit in being able to use the Ultimate Rewards portal to pay for travel is that sometimes you can use fewer points to book the exact same travel than if you transferred your points to the airline or hotel. It all depends on how much the reservation costs compared to that specific loyalty programs award chart. Let’s look at two hotel reservations.

In this first example, you would need to transfer 35,000 Chase points to IHG in order to book an award night at the Intercontinental Doha. Alternatively, you could book through the Chase portal and you’d only need 16,018 Chase points to pay for the exact same room. In this example I’m using my Sapphire Reserve card, so I’m getting 1.5 cents per point, but even if you were only getting one cent per point you’d only need 24,027 points.

However, it’s not always cheaper to book through the portal. A lot of the variation depends not only on the price of the accommodation, but also the award chart of the transfer partner. Hyatt has a very generous award chart with the lowest-tier properties costing 5,000 points per night and the top-tier maxing out at 40,000 points a night. The Park Hyatt Sydney is a category 7 property and you would need to transfer 30,000 points to Hyatt in order to book an award night. If you paid for the same stay through the Chase travel portal you’d need close to double the points.

In general, it’s usually better to transfer points to Hyatt and with Marriott and IHG you’ll save points by booking through the Chase site. One caveat is that if you book a hotel through a third-party site, like the Chase travel portal, you won’t earn elite night credit or points and you most likely won’t be able to take advantage of any elite status perks you have.

For airline partners, you’ll almost always want to transfer points if you’re looking to book business or first-class seats. Just make sure that award seats are available before you transfer. If you’re flying economy compare prices to see which is a better option. There are also added benefits to booking airfare through the Ultimate Rewards portal. For starters, you won’t have to worry about blackout dates or limited award seats, if you can buy a seat with cash you book it through the portal (the same applies for hotel blackout dates). Also, when you book airfare through the Chase site you’ll still earn frequent flyer miles on your award flight.

How to book travel with the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal

To access the Chase Travel portal, you will need a Chase credit card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

These are the cards you can still get that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points:

CardBonus and minimum spending requirementsOur review
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account.Read our Chase Ink Business Preferred review.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account.Read our Chase Sapphire Preferred review.
Chase Sapphire Reserve®50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account.
Read our Chase Sapphire Reserve review to learn more about all of the cards amazing perks.
Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card$500 bonus (50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points) after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account.Read our Chase Ink Business Cash credit card review.
Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card$500 bonus (50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points) after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account.Take a look at our Chase Ink Business Unlimited review.
Chase Freedom Unlimited®$150 bonus (15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points) after spending $500 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account.Read our review of the Chase Freedom Unlimited
Chase Freedom®$150 bonus (15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points) after spending $500 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account.Read our review of the Chase Freedom

You can book flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises vacation rentals, and various activities with your Chase Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase travel portal. The advantage to this being able to avoid blackout dates on flights, book hotels that aren’t transfer partners and you’ll have the flexibility to choose between transferring or paying with points.

One of the great things about booking a rental car with points through the Chase travel portal is you can still get primary rental car insurance. But you’ll have to pay with points that are attached to a card that comes with primary rental car insurance, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve.

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 have to scroll down and click on the “Ultimate Rewards” tab on the bottom left side of the screen or click on your card account and then select “See balance” under the Ultimate Rewards heading on the right.

Step 2. Pick the card 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. 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 search

At this point, you’ll click “Travel” to bring up the travel search site.

Step 4. Search for your travel or activities

At this points you can enter the necessary details to search for everything from flights to cruises.

Step 5. Narrow or sort your search & select your travel

You have the option to narrow your search depending on what you’re looking for. For flights you can limit the search results by the airline, number of stops, flight times, and price. As you select filters the search results will automatically update.

Once you’ve found a travel you want, click the “Select” button beside that specific flight, hotel, rental car, etc..

Step 6. Review and 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 and selected any add-ons you want, scroll down to the bottom and click “Continue booking.”

Step 7. Enter your personal information and change the number of points you’re paying with

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.

You can pay for your entire booking with Chase Ultimate Rewards points or you can pay with a combination of points and cash.

To finish up agree to the terms and click “Complete Booking.”

Bottom line

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are our favorite transferable points for a lot of reasons. They transfer to lots of great travel partners and they’re easy to earn.

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 vacation rentals. 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 us know in the comments.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel

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Can I book travel through the Chase rewards site and pay all cash and no rewards points? Is there any advantage to doing this other than getting the points that I would get just by paying with my Sapphire card on any other site?

I booked my car rental through Chase Sapphire Reserve portal with full Ultimate Reward points. Unfortunately got hit when we parked in the mall. Dose anyone have experience to file a claim to Chase Card Benefits Service? I have to provide initial auto rental agreement and monthly billing statement with last digits of my card, but I booked via Chase portal with full points. Make it very difficult to give these two documents. Thanks.

Except when it doesn’t Work — we’ve been trying to book a flight on our Chase rewards for FOUR days — hours on the phone with the third party booking and they can’t make it happen — 150,000 points and we can’t book a flight. Ridiculous — WORST REWARD CARD EVER!!!

Thomas Piotrowicz

I booked a flight for two to Las Vegas for Dec 27. I have gotten no comformation or itinerary. Requested written.

Thanks for sharing the great post and I really like this one, and the information you provided in this article is really helpful to me, but there is always one confusion during the travelling is that how to pick good hotels that provide best amenities during the stay. I think every passionate traveller or person must know these 3 questions about making any hotel reservations that helps find the best one for anyone:

http://dontstopliving.net/why-must-you-ask-these-3-questions-before-making-hotel-reservations/

After reading this I booked a car rental using the UR portal. I found the price for 2 days was equal to Hotwire, Priceline and prepay with Alamo. I decided to try the UR booking and used points and cash knowing the cancellation policy wasn’t that great. After arriving in Seattle I was hit with all the taxes that was stilled owed, about $24.00 a day more. I could not cancel and go somewhere else so there I was using my UR card to pay or have nothing. I have never had this happen before in a reservation with any other portal or car agency. UR agents said that taxes are NOT included in the price they quote. SO BEWARE!

With the car rentals charging taxes and such fees its with accordiance with their own polices, the prices we have online for rentals or any type of bookings is what we have, the airlines, hotels and car rental companies have other fees and rules they have to follow, so yes we are obligated to say taxes are not included unless it is with accordiance to the policies and procedures of the car company, airline, or hotel or whatever trip you are booking. our rules are set, so are theirs. some car rental places can be a little ridiculous and they are very hard to communicate with..

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