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.
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.
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:
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!)
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|
- 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!
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!