Posted by William Charles on April 22, 2019
Airline Rewards

Published on April 22nd, 2019 | by William Charles

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Chase Ultimate Rewards: 30% Transfer Bonus To British Airways Avios (1:1.3)

The Offer

  • Chase Ultimate Rewards program is offering a 30% transfer bonus when you transfer to British Airways Avios. Normally you can transfer at a rate of 1:1 and under this promotion that increases to 1:1.3

The Fine Print

  • Valid until 11:59 PM ET June 16th, 2019

Our Verdict

This is the first transfer bonus we’ve seen from Chase as far as I know, this could be potentially very big if we start seeing them offer transfer bonuses to other travel partners as well. Both Citi & American Express offer transfer bonuses on a regular basis so it would make sense for Chase to offer them as well to stay competitive. In terms of the offer itself how useful it is will depend on how you value Chase UR & Avios. If you normally transfer to Avios anyway this is a fantastic deal and I don’t see them offering anything better in the near future (although it’s kind of impossible to tell considering this is the first transfer bonus).

Hat tip to Chong786 & reader JSD



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Pointz
Pointz

I would say this: if you need avios transfer amex points instead of UR, because you can’t cash amex points for 1 cent where you can cash UR for 1 cent

Blootie
Blootie

Schwab Amex Plat says hi

BaconSF
BaconSF

Why? Are Avios worth less than a penny?

Bob
Bob

You can cash Amex points for 1.25 cents

Pointz
Pointz

If you had that card before and have no use for uber credits it would cost you $350 (550-200 airline card) to use that option

chong786
chong786

it also has saks credit , PP , and complimentary hilton gold status. so I think schwab amex plat def worth it

Alex
Alex

But you should be able to get the airline credit twice if you apply in early December.

Blootie
Blootie

Three times actually, if you apply in December :]

Matthew
Matthew

Bummer-just paid cash a couple days ago for a short Iberia flight which I considered booking with Avios. Wish I had done Avios via this!

aubergine
aubergine

wow this makes their UR program more interesting. is this for only certain cards that can transfer (like CSR only) or is it for any of their eligible cards that can xfer

chong786
chong786

it is for any of their eligible cards that can transfer ( csp , csr , CIP )

joE
joE

wow this is a first, so I think.

Ian
Ian

in a hobby where almost all news is bad news, this is fantastic news and probably the best news i’ve read since the introduction of the sapphire reserve. if chase offers frequent, even occasional, transfer bonuses to their partners then the value or UR went up by a lot.

Matthew
Matthew

Agreed, though it remains a big unknown whether more will happen and if so, how often. One would think that they would not just do one random transfer, but who knows!

Lloyd
Lloyd

While I’m excited that Chase is finally offering a transfer bonus, I am very underwhelmed by this particular offer. Most British Air reward flights from the US have outrageous carrier surcharges costing several hundred to over a thousand dollars. In some cases the surcharges can even exceed the cost of buying a regular coach seat for cash.
AMEX usually offers a similar Avios bonus at least once a year which I have used on several occasions. Unfortunately, I’ve built up a large stash of points (600k) which I’ve had a difficult time using at any reasonable valuation so I just let them sit while British Air continues to devalue them.
Unless you have an immediate use for the points, I would pass on this offer.

Redacted
Redacted

It’s true that using Avios for BA flights is problematic (massive understatement), but using BA Avios for short flights on partners can be great value. Plus you can transfer BA Avios to Iberia Avios, opening up some other good possibilities.

Denis
Denis

Hope we’ll see Hyatt transfer bonus some day 🙂

sophie
sophie

If this happens, the devaluation of Hyatt point is coming 🙂

Mikey
Mikey

Another site which shared this information chose within its post to prominently promote the Chase FREEDOM card. There was no mention of something most of your readers know: that although you earn UR points from purchases on the Freedom card you cannot redeem for airline miles which is the point of the transfer bonus. So the advertising of a card which in no way relates to the 30% bonus headline is troubling.

Won
Won

Just curious, since I don’t know the site, but was it an auto generated ad? Or was it them promoting the card manually?

Joe
Joe

I doubt this ever goes beyond Avios. I think this is only because Amex frequently offers Avios bonuses and Chase doesn’t want Amex to have an advantage among travelers who use Avios.

Zeev
Zeev

Thanks for the heads up! Was able to book a one way SCL -> AKL for 30k avios (23k UR) + ~$50

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