Many of the credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card issuers from which MillionMileSecrets.com receives compensation. Compensation does not impact the placement of cards on Million Mile Secrets other than in banner advertising. MillionMileSecrets.com does not include all credit card offers that might be available to consumers in the marketplace.

Editorial Note: We're the Million Mile Secrets team. And we're proud of our content, opinions and analysis, and of our reader's comments. These haven’t been reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the airlines, hotels, or credit card issuers which we often write about. And that’s just how we like it! :)

Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Emirates as New Transfer Partner

Signing up for credit cards through partner links earns us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Emirates as New Transfer Partner

Jason StaufferChase Ultimate Rewards Adds Emirates as New Transfer PartnerMillion Mile Secrets Team

Signing up for credit cards through partner links earns us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.

INSIDER SECRET: You can pool the points you earn with no-annual-fee Chase cards, like the Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card, with annual-fee cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and then transfer those Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airlines and hotels.

For those readers with a healthy stash of Chase Ultimate Rewards points I’ve got good news — Chase has added a new airline transfer partner. You can now transfer your Chase points to Emirates at a 1:1 ratio.

Emirates is one of the nicest airlines in the world, but its loyalty program will only have limited use for most people. So while its always great to have new transfer options, this one isn’t a total game changer. Let’s take a look at a couple of potentially useful Emirates redemptions.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Add Emirates

Emirates doesn’t have an award chart and instead has miles calculator you can use to price out specific award flights. Emirates does add significant fees to award and the extra charges can be especially high for business and first-class seats.

Some Emirates awards are reasonably priced in terms of miles. Emirates miles could be useful if you’re flying one of its two nonstop routes from the US to Europe (all other Emirates flights to Europe transit through Dubai); New York (JFK) to Milan and Newark to Athens.

Here are the round-trip award prices for those flights:

  • Economy – 45,000 + ~$360 in fees
  • Business class – 90,000 + ~$1,100+
  • First class – 135,000 + ~$1,100+

While those are rock bottom points prices, the fees can make it a mixed-bag for some. You can regularly pick up cheap cash economy flights to Europe for $400-$500 or less, but you could look at the business/first-class fees as purchasing those flights as a steep steep discount (first class on this route can easily top $10,000), if you can find open award seats when you want to travel. Also, the inflight experience on Emirates is going to be far better than with any US airline and it wouldn’t be hard to justify shelling out some cash.

Even though Emirates isn’t part of any of the three major airline alliances they do have partnerships with these airlines:

  • Air Mauritius
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • easyJet
  • GOL
  • Japan Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Jetstar
  • Korean Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • S7 Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • TAP Portugal

Each Emirates partner has a separate award chart and for most of them you’ll need to call in to book. The Japan Airlines partner award chart looks generous for economy and business-class round-trip awards to Australia:

  • 70,000 Emirates miles round-trip in economy
  • 145,000 Emirates miles round-trip in business class
  • 215,000 Emirates miles round-trip in first class

Emirates allows a free stopover on international Japan Airlines award flights so you could add a visit to Japan on your trip to Australia. However, the fuel surcharges on Japan Airlines awards can get extremely high and you’ll need to call in to book or figure out what the fees will be.

Chase is a 1:1 transfer partner of JetBlue, the way JetBlue points work is that the award price of a flight is tied to its cash price (just like Southwest). So cheap JetBlue flights won’t cost many points but when ticket prices are high it can get unreasonable. That’s where Emirates also has some potential as a option for booking JetBlue flights.

The Emirates JetBlue partner award chart has a fixed price for different routes starting at 7,500 miles one-way. So you can save some Chase points by double checking with Emirates before transferring to JetBlue. For example, on most dates JetBlue award flights from Orlando to Cancun cost 8,000 points or less, but they can top 13,000 points sometimes. So if your travel dates aren’t flexible you could save by transferring to Emirates and booking the same flights for only 12,000 points. You will have to call Emirates to book the flights.

To earn transferable Chase Ultimate Rewards points you’ll need at least one of the following cards:

If you (or a household member) already has any of the above cards, you can pool the points you earn with these no-annual-fee Chase cards, which can then be transferred to Emirates or any of Chase’s other travel partners:

If you need more miles you can transfer Capital One miles (2:1 transfer ratio), Amex Membership Rewards points (1:1 ratio) or Marriott points (3:1) to Emirates.

For the latest tips and tricks on traveling big without spending a fortune, please subscribe to the Million Mile Secrets daily email newsletter.

Featured image by Rebius/Shutterstock.

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card

  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Earn 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent on travel and select business categories each account anniversary year
  • Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases–with no limit to the amount you can earn
  • Points are worth 25% more when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Redeem points for travel, cash back, gift cards and more – your points don't expire as long as your account is open
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Employee cards at no additional cost
  • $95 Annual Fee

More Info

Editorial Note: We're the Million Mile Secrets team. And we're proud of our content, opinions and analysis, and of our reader's comments. These haven’t been reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the airlines, hotels, or credit card issuers which we often write about. And that’s just how we like it! :)

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry that something went wrong, repeat again!

2comments

by Newest
by Best by Newest by Oldest

Does Emirates allow a free stopover in Dubai? Any enlightenment?

Author

Yes, but only for paid flights not award flights as far as I know.

https://www.emirates.com/english/destinations_offers/dubai_stopovers/how_to_plan/how_to_plan.aspx