The least expensive United round trip ticket from Denver to Maui, Hawaii from Oct 5th-12th, 2015 was $832. But, if I have 45,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards, I can redeem them for a ticket instead! I can pay $11.20 in taxes and fees + 45,000 miles and I am set for a trip of a lifetime!
Currently, if you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you will earn 40,000 bonus points after a $5,000 spend on the card. So after the you make the spend, you will have 45,000 UR points (5,000 + 40,000)! That is enough points to fly on United from mainland U.S. to Hawaii. To verify on the linked chart, just choose Origin: North America-Mainland U.S.; Destination: North America-Hawaii. The travel award below the map will show the Award miles as 22,500 One-way Saver, 45,000 round-trip saver. Need a ticket for your spouse as well? Have them get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card as well and that will give you enough for 2 round-trip tickets!
All you have to do to get this ticket is transfer your 45,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United MileagePlus. You can do this in your Ultimate Rewards portal in your online account. Simply choose to transfer them to a partner, choose United, and give them your United account to transfer to. If you do not have a MileagePlus account, you can get one here for free.
Once the miles are transferred, log-in to your Mileage Plus account, from the top menu, choose “MileagePlus > Book with Award Miles”. I then chose that I wanted to fly from DEN (Denver) > OGG (Maui) on October 3rd, 2015 – just choose a return date that is later. This will then give me a calendar of available dates I can choose from. Note the yellow and green dates (red arrow) – these are the dates that you can depart that have a “Saver Award” (22,500 miles). So choose a date to depart.
Below the colored dates, you can choose which actual flight you want, selecting the saver award (22,500 miles circled in red). Once you select your desired flight, a new window will show so you can select your return flight. Note the return flight is very similar with the colored dates. Green and yellow dates have the “Saver Awards” you want.
I chose my return flight from another large list of options. Now it will show my itinerary and the miles required. Notice, it will cost $11.20 in fees + my 45,000 miles. I can go ahead and complete my purchase.
The point here is that this ticket would have cost $1,0001.08 if I purchased it outright. But if I transfer the miles I earned from my Chase Sapphire Preferred card, it becomes $11.20!
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