Watch This ~2 Minute Video and Learn How to Book Airfare With My Favorite Points (With NO Blackout Dates)

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Watch This ~2 Minute Video and Learn How to Book Airfare With My Favorite Points (With NO Blackout Dates)

Million Mile SecretsWatch This ~2 Minute Video and Learn How to Book Airfare With My Favorite Points (With NO Blackout Dates)Million Mile Secrets Team

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One of the biggest frustrations I hear from folks in the miles & points hobby is the amount of time is takes to search for and book award flights.  Even if you’re comfortable with award charts, there’s a chance you’ll still come up against blackout dates.

That’s why I like to collect flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  Because you have the option to book airfare thorough the Chase travel portal, which a huge time-saver!

And depending on the price of the flight, you’ll sometimes pay fewer points than if you booked the flight as an award.  You’ll also earn airline miles for your flight!  And prices are usually the same as what you’ll find on ExpediaTravelocity, or through other online travel agencies.

Million Mile Secrets team member Keith recorded a video guide to show y’all how to use points to book flights through the Chase travel portal.  Just click play below to watch.  You can follow along with subtitles too if you’re not able to turn on the sound.

Remember, there are 4 low-cost airlines that do NOT show up on Chase’s travel portalSouthwest, Norwegian Air, Allegiant, and Gol.  But you can still use points to book flights on these airlines by calling the Chase travel center at 866-951-6592.

We prefer transferring points to airline and hotel partners to get the most value.  That said, sometimes it’s MORE valuable to be able to travel exactly on the dates you need.  So if you don’t have flexible dates, this can be a good use of points.  But if you can be flexible, your Chase Ultimate Rewards points can get you more flights or even Business Class and First Class flights.



Use Points Linked to the Card That Gets You the Most Value!

Link:   Not All Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Are Equal!

You can earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points with several different cards.

But keep in mind, when you redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book travel through Chase, your points are worth different rates depending on which card they’re tied to.  Here’s a chart to help you remember:

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

So if you have more than one of these cards, your points will be worth more when you move them to the card account with the highest redemption rate to book your travel!

Bottom Line

You can quickly redeem flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points for flights by booking thorough the Chase travel portal.  When you book this way, you do NOT have to worry about blackout dates, so it’s a big time-saver!

This is a good option for folks who don’t have flexible travel dates or who are traveling at peak times.  And you’ll earn airline miles for your flight!

If you have multiple Chase Ultimate Rewards points earning cards, remember to book through the card account that gets you the most value.  For example, Sapphire Reserve cardholders get 1.5 cents per point when booking travel through the Chase portal.

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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®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • 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
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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When I booked trips to CUN with CSP portal on United, they did not honor my status and would not upgrade me saying it was a “reward” ticket. Also did not earn miles. The ticket was part points and part cash. Just a heads up that you might not get what you think you are entitled to-agent would not budge. AND she considered CUN “international” even though their guidelines say is is not considered international for upgrade purposes..very disappointing!