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Chase transfer partners: Airline and hotel Ultimate Rewards partners

Chase Ultimate Rewards® transfer partners offer an opportunity to get outsized value from your Chase points. When you transfer your points to an airline or hotel partner, you can use them to book award travel through an airline or hotel program. Some of these programs can offer opportunities to use your points for luxury travel for a relatively small number of points. Others offer incredibly cheap economy travel options.

However, not every transfer partner is created equal. Knowing which Chase transfer partners offer the reward redemptions most relevant to you will help you get more value from your points. Here’s an overview of the Chase Ultimate Rewards® transfer partners.

Chase Ultimate Rewards® airline transfer partners

If you hold a premium Ultimate Rewards credit card, such as a Chase Sapphire Preferred®, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, or Ink Business Premier®, you can transfer your points to any of the following airline programs:

  • Aer Lingus AerClub (Avios – Transferable between British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Qatar)
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Air France KLM Flying Blue
  • British Airways Executive Club (Avios – Transferable between British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Qatar)
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Iberia (Avios – Transferable between British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Qatar)
  • JetBlue TrueBlue
  • Singapore Airlines Krisflyer
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards
  • United Airlines MileagePlus
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Chase Ultimate Rewards® hotel transfer partners

Holding a premium Ultimate Rewards credit card also opens up transfers to these hotel partners:

  • Hyatt – World of Hyatt
  • IHG Hotels & Resorts One Rewards
  • Marriott Bonvoy

Our favorite Chase transfer partners

Not all Chase transfer partners are created equal. Some programs can offer outstanding value…but for redemptions you are unlikely to use. Other programs can be difficult to use or simply provide no compelling value anywhere. Most people will get the majority of value from a handful of Chase’ transfer partners. Here are the Chase transfer partners we’ve found the most useful:

  • Air Canada Aeroplan offers by far the most opportunities to book business class award flights for reasonable prices on Star Alliance. Its award search engine is easy to use and the vast majority of awards are bookable through its website.
  • Air France KLM Flying Blue offers a combination of award flights priced dynamically, based on the cash price of the ticket and award flights with prices based on a traditional award chart. You can find some great deals to get between the United States and Europe in economy or business class through Flying Blue’s monthly promo awards. Even its non-promo pricing is decent when the airline decides to open up availability. If planning months in advance, you can also occasionally find good deals on Delta domestically within the U.S.
  • United Airlines MileagePlus isn’t particularly useful for international premium cabin tickets, but the carrier does offer some great promotional awards domestically. Transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards® can be a great way to top off your mileage balance for a specific award.
  • World of Hyatt is really the only hotel program that we’d consider transferring Chase points to. It’s pretty easy to get more than 1.5 cents of value out of each World of Hyatt point—more value than you’d get booking travel directly through Chase.

More on each of Chase’s transfer partners

Here’s a bit more on each of Chase’s airline transfer partners, including the best redemption options that are available on each airline.

Aer Lingus AerClub: Good on Aer Lingus in coach

If you frequently visit Ireland and live in one of the cities served by Aer Lingus, you’ll find good deals in coach on Aer Lingus. The best deals are to Ireland and in coach during off-peak seasons.

Best redemption options: Coach, USA to Ireland on Aer Lingus, off-peak. Business, USA to Ireland on Aer Lingus, off-peak. Coach, North America to Europe on Aer Lingus, off-peak. Ireland to Europe on Aer Lingus.
Alliance: None.
Point expiration: Yes. 36 months of inactivity. Any activity resets the clock.

Air Canada Aeroplan: Star Alliance awards with low fees

Air Canada Aeroplan provides one of the best options to book Star Alliance Awards while avoiding fuel-surcharge pass-throughs of many carriers. The program offers pricing based on an award chart on its partners and dynamic pricing on its own flights.

Best redemption options: Between the continental U.S. and Hawaii. Star Alliance and other partner awards with no surcharges. Short-haul economy awards within zones. Itineraries with stopovers.
Alliance: Star Alliance.
Point expiration: Yes. 18 months of inactivity. Any activity resets the clock.

Air France KLM Flying Blue: Great promo deals on its own flights

Our favorite sweet spot for Flying Blue is by far the monthly promo awards, which represent one of the least-expensive ways to get between Europe and the U.S. in coach or business class.

Best redemption options: Monthly Flying Blue Promo Awards in business or economy. Advance-purchase Delta flights within the United States. 25% discount on award tickets for children aged 2 to 11.
Alliance: SkyTeam.
Point expiration: Yes. 24 months of inactivity. Flying and crediting a flight to your account extends all of your miles. Transferring miles in from a credit card extends the life of the transferred miles you earned since your last credited flight.

British Airways Executive Club: An option for OneWorld bookings

British Airways devalued redemptions on American Airlines and Alaska Airlines in July of 2024, eliminating the best uses of the points. Unfortunately, there are very few sweet spots left in the program.

Best redemption options: May occasionally offer some interesting options on short-haul flights on OneWorld.
Alliance: Oneworld.
Point expiration: Yes. 36 months of inactivity. Any activity resets the clock.

Emirates Skywards: Your ticket to Emirates First Class

If you want to fly Emirates First Class, your best bet is a point transfer to Emirates Skywards. Redemptions are expensive, but it is one of the few ways to get into the most luxurious First Class products available on the cheap.

Best redemption options: Emirates First Class. Short-haul flights on partners.
Alliance: None.
Point expiration: Yes. 36 months of inactivity. Can pay to extend miles.

Iberia: Good for U.S. East coast to Europe via Madrid

If you live in an East Coast gateway where Iberia or American flies to either Madrid or Barcelona, you might find Iberia Avios to be extremely useful to get to Europe.

Best redemption options: U.S. East Coast flights to Europe via Madrid or Barcelona. Short-haul flights on American Airlines within the U.S.
Alliance: Oneworld.
Point expiration: Yes. 36 months of inactivity. Any activity resets the clock.

JetBlue TrueBlue: Dynamic pricing kills the value

JetBlue TrueBlue pricing is largely dynamic and prices in terms of points vary widely. Until JetBlue changes its program, this is likely a transfer partner that you can ignore.

Best redemption options: None.
Alliance: None.
Point expiration: No.

Singapore Airlines Krisflyer: Good for Singapore Airlines flights

If you want to fly on Singapore Airlines, KrisFlyer miles are your best bet to finding award availability. Singapore publishes award availability on its own flights that it does not make available to alliance partners. The program has few easy redemption options outside of flights on Singapore Airlines.

Best redemption options: Flights on Singapore Airlines.
Alliance: Star Alliance.
Point expiration: Yes. 36 months after they were earned. Not extendable.

Southwest Rapid Rewards: Marginal value for

The biggest advantage of using Southwest Rapid Rewards points for flights is that you can book flight for others. When you book a flight with cash, you can always cancel your flight and receive a flight credit tied to your name. But when you cancel an award ticket, miles are returned to your account and can be used to book a ticket for anyone.

Best redemption options: Flights on Southwest Airlines.
Alliance: None.
Point expiration: No.

United Airlines MileagePlus: Easy to book Star Alliance awards

United has largely devalued its Star Alliance business class awards, but the program still offers good redemption options within the United States and on many international routes in coach on Star Alliance. You’ll also get expanded award availability when you hold a United credit card.

Best redemption options: Award deals on U.S. domestic flights on United. U.S. to the Caribbean or Oceania. Cancelable coach tickets to Europe.
Alliance: Star Alliance.
Point expiration: No.

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club: Some short-haul sweet spots

Virgin Atlantic used to be one of the best ways to book Delta One flights between the United States and Europe, but the program massively increased the prices of those awards on July 2024. While the program offers fewer ways to get across the Atlantic, the miles are still usable for both transatlantic and short-haul travel on partners.

Best redemption options: Flights between the U.S. East Coast and Europe. Intra-Europe flights on Air France and KLM. Short-haul U.S. domestic flights on Delta.
Alliance: None.
Point expiration: No.

Frequently asked questions

How long to point transfers take?

Transfers to partners are usually completed instantly, but some transfers take 24-48 hours to complete. You will usually need to log out of the transfer partner website and re-login after you request a transfer to see a change in your point balance.

Does it make sense to transfer points speculatively?

In most cases, you should wait until you have a specific redemption in mind before transferring your points to a partner.

About the author

  • Aaron Hurd

    Aaron Hurd is a credit card, travel rewards, and loyalty program expert. Over the past 15 years, he has authored over a thousand expert contributions published by leading outlets including WSJ, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, NerdWallet, The Points Guy, Bankrate, CNET, and many others. He has also served in consulting roles for many of these same outlets, designing content strategy, hiring teams of teams of editors and contributors, developing thought-leadership pieces, and ghost-editing for senior editors. Aaron is well-known in the miles and points community and regularly presents about travel rewards at conferences like the Chicago Seminars and Minnebar. Aaron has enjoyed the game of optimizing credit card rewards since getting his first credit card shortly after he turned 18. He started learning about credit cards and travel rewards from the (now defunct) FatWallet Finance forums and FlyerTalk. He holds more than 40 open credit cards and has first-hand experience with almost every major credit card product.

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