Only 4500 Chase Ultimate Rewards for Short Haul Flights in the U.S./Canada

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Did you know you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards to British Airways Avios to get super cheap U.S. or Canada short-haul flights? That’s correct, for as little as 4500 Ultimate Rewards points, you can hop on a British Airways flight for a trip in the U.S.A (or Canada)! Keep reading to see how this is done.

QUICK OVERVIEW

1. Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer 1:1 for British Airways Avios.
If you have a card like Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink, you will earn Chase Ultimate Rewards. If you sign in to your Ultimate Rewards account you will see an option to transfer your points to British Airways.  You will need a British Airways Executive Club account to transfer to.  It is free and you are given the option to open one when you are transferring points.

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2. Book your flight on BritishAirways.com

Once transferred to your Executive Club account, you can log in to your executive club account and choose Executive Club > Spending Avios > Book Reward Flight.  Select your departure and arrival city and date.  Be sure to keep “Economy” selected.  I chose DEN > PHX in a few days from now.  I was presented with a bunch of available flights.  Once you choose one, your price will be shown:

British Air DEN to PHX

For 4500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points + 5 bucks  I can get a 1 way economy ticket from DEN to PHX! (That is only 9,000 points for a round trip ticket!)


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Notice: British Airways uses “Distance Based Award Flights”.  Distances are broken down into 9 ‘distance’ zones.  Here is the award chart:

Zone Distance (in Miles) Economy Prem Econ. Business First
#1 1-650 4000/ 4500 5750/ 6750 7750/ 9000 15500/ 18000
#2 651-1151 6500/ 7500  9500/ 11250 12750/ 15000 25500/ 30000
#3 1152-2000 8500/ 10000  12750/ 15000 17000/ 20000 34000/ 40000
#4 2001-3000 10000/ 12500  20000/ 25000 31250/ 37500 42500/ 50000
#5 3001-4000 13000/ 20000  26000/ 40000 50000/ 60000 68000/ 80000
#6  4001-5500  16250/ 25000  32500/ 50000 62500/ 75000 85000/ 100000
#7  5501-6500  19500/ 30000 39000/ 60000 75000/ 90000  102000/ 120000
#8  6501-7000  22750/ 35000  45500/ 70000 87500/ 105000 119000/ 140000
#9  7001-100000  32500/ 50000  65000/ 100000 125000/ 150000 170000/ 200000
off-peak/peak off-peak/peak off-peak/peak off-peak/peak

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The distance between cities (for each leg) determine the cost.
  • You can quickly find the distance between cities by using the Great Circle Mapper.  Note: our flight (DEN-PHX) direct is 601 miles.
  • Notice the peak and off peak cost.  All of the flights I found for 1-3 days out were at a non-peak rate.
  • If you find a flight that is not a direct flight, you will have to find the distance of each leg and add them together!
    • For example: DEN (Denver)-MYR (Mertyl Beach) is 1484 miles direct.  If there was a direct flight, it would cost 10000 miles peak.  BUT since I can’t find a direct flight, the award booking takes me through Charlotte Douglas International (DEN-CLT-MYR), which is 2 legs.  One at 1337 miles, and one at 157.  SO that makes it a Zone 1 (4500) + Zone 3 (10000) = 14,500 Avios + $5!  So always try to find a direct flight!

CONCLUSION

Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards to British Airways Avios is awesome for short non-stop flights in economy (and maybe Business), but the value of British Avios doesn’t extend much beyond that.  Be sure to check your availability/price before you transf[/fusion_builder_column]er points and only transfer the Avios you need!

 

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