Posted by William Charles on December 7, 2018
Credit Cards

Published on December 7th, 2018 | by William Charles


CURewards Improves Flight Redemptions

CU Rewards is a popular rewards program that a lot of credit unions use (we’ve covered the InFirst Federal Credit Union & America’s Christian Credit Union cards before for example). Recently some changes have been made to redeeming points for flights.

Fixed Fares

These offer a fixed point amount for travel to specific destinations.

  • US 48 25,000 points (previously 35,000 points)
  • Europe 79,000 points (previously 105,500)
  • Caribbean 50,000 points (previously 65,000 points)
  • Mexico 50,000 points (previously 65,000 points)

Unrestricted travel

Unrestricted travel basically allows you to use your points towards any flight up to a certain limit.

  • Previously 35,000 points for a $325 credit, now only 25,000 points (1.3¢ per point)
  • Previously 54,000 for a $525 credit, now only 40,000 points (1.3125¢ per point)
  • Previously 75,000 for a $750 credit, now only 57,000 points  (1.3158¢ per point)

Previously the best deal was 1¢ per point and now we see up to ~1.32¢.

Our Verdict

In this day and age where it’s devaluation after devaluation it’s nice to see a positive improvement for once. I guess this might make the hunt for useful CU Rewards cards more important. If anybody finds any ones of particular interest let me know in the comments below.

Hat tip to reader Gabe

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That’s cool about they didn’t devalue, I have 30k expiring this year that I was going to use for a PDX-ATL as most of the direct flights are $400+ or I could cash 5,000 for $50.
For some reason I was sitting on them thinking that it could be great for a last minute flight booking (higher fares and all) Parents live East coast. Also I thought that RT for lower 48 was only 25k but haven’t checked in awhile. Onpoint CU is the largest CU in OR and uses CUrewards I wonder if the CU all get the same program or if they have tiers.


any credit union credit cards earns 2.5x – 3.0x on ebay purchases? thx


If you can find eBay GCs at a grocery store in your area, Andrews FCU Titanium Visa pays 3x on groceries.


Consumers Credit Union Visa Signature Rewards card earns CURewards points. Might actually be useful now.

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