The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers

Aug 20, 2013

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TPG contributor Jason Steele follows up with his guides to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfers and American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers with this look at the airline partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – as a comprehensive web resource on the Ultimate Rewards program and how to maximize its 5 airline partners.

Previously, we looked at all the airlines that you could get an award with by transferring points to miles through both the Starwood hotels Preferred Guest and the American Express Membership Rewards programs. Today, we’ll round out the series on transferable points programs’ airline partners by looking at all of the award travel possibilities inherent in Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program airline transfer partners.

Ultimate Rewards' airline partners include 5 great carriers.
Ultimate Rewards’ airline partners include 5 great carriers.

Compared to Starwood’s 31 partners and Amex’s 16 partners, it might seem like with just 5 airline transfer partners that the options with Chase are much more limited, but considering those partners include British Airways, Korean Air, Southwest, United and Virgin Atlantic – covering the three major alliances as well as some great non-alliance partners – folks who rack up the Ultimate Rewards points on Chase cards like the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus have tons of options for how to use their points. Not only that, but in all instances, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to its airline partners at a 1:1 ratio.


Although Chase only offers five different airline transfer partners, they are sure to cover all three major alliances and a total of 79 unique carriers by my count. In fact, Korean Air and Southwest Airlines are unique to the Ultimate Rewards program. In addition, points can be transferred to United Airlines at a 1:1 ratio, while Starwood requires an unfavorable 2:1 ratio (United is not an option for Membership Rewards transfers).

As usual, please leave a comment if you find any errors, and we will be sure to have them corrected.

The Charts

When you download this Excel document that I created, you will see that there are two separate charts: Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

The first one is a list of every partner of the Ultimate Rewards airline transfer partners (79 in all) including which alliance they are in and which partners’ miles you can use to book awards on them.

The second set of information is a list of the Ultimate Rewards airline partners grouped by alliance and then notes on which non-alliance partners you can redeem their miles.

For more information, check out the following posts:

Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

Ranking the Top Chase Travel Credit Cards

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