How to Save BIG (Like $700 Big!) Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Last-Minute Travel!
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Oh, Chase Ultimate Rewards points, how I love thee!
Ever since getting into the miles & points hobby I’ve used Chase Ultimate Rewards points more than any other rewards currency. And they came in handy again just this past weekend when I helped my sister buy a ticket home!
She recently accepted a new job and was able to schedule a few days off before starting the new gig. She really wanted to come home to visit with family, but last-minute round-trip tickets between Santa Barbara, California, and Missoula, Montana (2 small airports!) were running $600+. Ouch!
Luckily, per her big sister’s excellent guidance, she’d recently gotten the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. It’s the #1 card we recommend for beginners, and it’s also always on our list of best credit cards for travel.
So, I told her not to sweat it. We could transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards points she’d earned to United Airlines for an award ticket. And she wouldn’t have to shell out that much cash.
I hopped on United’s site and found available award seats for flights ~2 weeks away. Then, my sister transferred 25,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines and booked her ticket!
The exact same ticket she booked using miles & points (and just ~$11 in taxes and fees!) was selling for over $700 in cash.
Helping my friends and family experience the magic of miles, points, and travel is my favorite part of this hobby. I can’t count the number of times miles & points have come to the rescue when I or my loved ones have had to book last-minute travel. And being able to get together with family for nearly free makes travel rewards worth even more than their monetary value!
Have miles & points ever saved you a ton on last-minute travel? Tell me about your experience in the comments!
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