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Chase Ultimate Rewards is one of the best travel rewards options on the market — and for good reason. With the right Chase card, the points you redeem for travel are worth at least 1.25 cents when redeemed through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. These select cards also let you transfer your points to one of Chase’s airline or hotel transfer partners. Based on Bankrate’s latest points and miles valuations, Chase Ultimate Rewards points are worth 2 cents on average when transferred to a high-value transfer partner.
On top of transferring to travel partners, it’s also possible to transfer points between some Chase cards. This is a valuable feature that lets you move Chase points from a card that doesn’t offer Ultimate Rewards points to one of Chase’s premier Ultimate Rewards cards, giving you a chance to pool points onto one card for greater value. Not only can this benefit your own Chase points account, but this option extends to anyone in your household who is also an eligible Chase cardholder.
Transferring Chase points is a fairly straightforward process. Here’s what you need to know about Chase cards that let you move your points, how to make a transfer and when it’s a good idea to transfer your Chase points.
How to transfer Chase points
There are a few options for transferring Chase points. By transferring them to another Chase account, household member’s account or a travel partner, you can maximize the value of the rewards points and perhaps open up more redemption possibilities.
To another Chase account
If you have more than one Chase card, you can transfer Chase points between the cards and combine points. To get started with this option, open up the Ultimate Rewards portal and look for the “Redeem Rewards” prompt.
Once inside the portal, you should see a section titled “Earn/Use.” Select this option and then select “Combine Points.” Choose the account you want to move the points from and the account where you’re transferring to, then click “Continue.”
The next step is to choose the number of points you’d like to transfer between accounts. You can transfer all your Chase points at once or a specific number. Once you’re ready to make the transfer, select “Review” at the bottom.
If the information is correct after reviewing, click “Confirm & Submit” to complete the transfer process. You should see a confirmation screen on the next page. Your points should now be visible since the transfer takes place instantly.
To another Chase cardholder
Perhaps you want to transfer Chase points to another member of your household who also has a Chase credit card. According to the Chase Ultimate Rewards terms and conditions, you can only transfer to another Chase cardholder if they’re a member of your household or the business owner if you are transferring among business cards.
The first time you transfer points to another household member’s account, you’ll need to call the Chase customer service number on the back of your card. You’ll discuss with an agent that you’d like to combine points with another member of your household and the agent will begin the transfer.
Once the agent has processed the request, the household member’s account should now be visible online to you in the Ultimate Rewards portal. Now you can go through the same process as outlined above and move points between accounts.
To a travel partner
To transfer Ultimate Rewards points to a Chase transfer partner, you log in to your Ultimate Rewards account and select “Redeem Rewards.” From there, you should be able to select the “Transfer to Travel Partners” option.
You can transfer Chase points to any participating travel partner, including Southwest Airlines, United or JetBlue. Once you find the airline or hotel partner you want to transfer to, you click “Transfer Points” to the transfer partner of your choice.
Before you complete the transfer, you need to input the loyalty number for the program you’re transferring to, such as the Southwest Rapid Rewards program number. Once you enter, you click “Continue” for the next steps.
Finally, enter the number of points you’d like to transfer to the partner, hit “Continue” one more time, then “Confirm & Submit.”
Options for transferring
There are only three Chase cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points that can transfer to an airline or hotel partner:
Chase also has other rewards cards, which earn like a cash back credit card, where each point redeemed is typically worth 1 cent each. These cards include:
With these cards, you can’t transfer directly to one of the Chase airline or hotel partners. But if you have one of the three Ultimate Rewards Chase cards, you can transfer your points to that card. Transferring your points not only gives you the added flexibility to move your points to an airline or hotel partner, but you can also redeem points for travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal for a better value than the standard 1-cent-per-point value.
Chase has over a dozen airline and hotel partners you can choose from. Some of these partners actually increase the value of your points when you transfer them to a partner loyalty program.
- Aer Lingus
- AirFrance/KLM Flying Blue
- Air Canada Aeroplan
- British Airways
- Emirates Skywards
- Iberia Plus
- Jet Blue
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Southwest Airlines RapidRewards
- United MileagePlus
- Virgin Atlantic
- IHG Rewards Club
- Marriott Bonvoy
- World of Hyatt
Transferring points to a travel partner is not your only option though. Chase lets you redeem points in a variety of ways, including:
- Cash back
- Gift cards
- For use with Amazon.com or PayPal
- Shop with the Chase shopping portal
- Apple Ultimate Rewards
- Pay Yourself Back
The portal even shows you the value of your points and what some of the redemption options, including cash back and gift cards, are worth if you make that selection.
When to transfer points
There are situations where transferring may make the most sense for maximizing the value of the points.
To convert cash back rewards to Ultimate Rewards points
Moving your points from a Chase card that only earns nontransferable points worth a maximum of 1 cent to a premium card that earns Ultimate Rewards points is the best way to maximize your rewards.
For example, with the Chase Sapphire Reserve, points are worth 1.5 cents when redeemed for travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal while the Chase Sapphire Preferred card boosts the value of your points to 1.25 cents in the same portal. For potentially even greater value, transferring your Ultimate Rewards points to the right transfer partner could help you stretch your cash back dollars even further.
To boost your points for a specific redemption
You may not have enough points for a redemption on your own, but when you transfer to someone else’s account within your household, then your combination of points could be enough for your goal.
To cancel a Chase card
If you have more than one Chase card, then there may come a point where you need to cancel one of the cards. Transferring the points from one account to another is a smart way to ensure you don’t lose any of the Chase points you’ve accumulated. You can either transfer to one of your other accounts or a member of your designated household.
Should you transfer Chase points?
No matter what Chase card you have, you should consider transferring your Chase points, especially if you want added flexibility and the chance to redeem your rewards for maximum value.
If you have one of Chase’s cash back cards, you can enjoy earning bonus rewards in everyday areas like grocery, dining and drug stores. These points can then be transferred to a Chase card that offers Ultimate Rewards points. The Chase Ultimate Rewards program offers impressive value, letting you redeem your rewards through its travel portal for a value not often seen with other travel rewards programs. It also gives you the opportunity to transfer your points to a different loyalty program, which could give your points even more value.
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