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Chase has announced the addition of Aer Lingus and Iberia to its list of Airline Transfer Partners. This addition means you can now transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to 9 airlines.

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Although it is a welcome addition that you can now move points directly to Iberia, you could already do this, since you could move Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways and then move them along to Iberia. The conditions were:

  • Both accounts had to be open for at least 90 days
  • You had to have some earning activity on the account

Is There Any Value?

There is some value to be had with the addition of Iberia and Aer Lingus, although most of it is related to Iberia. Iberia has a couple of advantages over BA:

  • Lower fuel surcharges when booking Iberia flights. If you book an Iberia award using BA, you will pay a higher fuel surcharge than booking it directly through Iberia
  • Cheaper awards: Again, the redemption rates on Iberia flights can be cheaper when booked directly from Iberia, against booking them through British Airways

Another little piece of value, although it is marginal, is that you are effectively doubling up your chance to earn a transfer bonus to either British Airways or Iberia. This should happen if Chase runs separate promotions with transfer bonuses to Iberia or BA. You would have the option to move points to the program with the transfer bonus, and then move them along to the other program.

Our Take

While there is some positive in Chase adding Iberia and Aer Lingus to their list of transfer partners, it is only marginal, since BA and Iberia offer some of the best value transferring miles between programs. However, now you have an increased chance of scoring a transfer bonus. Ultimately, the more options there are for points earned from your Chase Sapphire Reserve® or your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, the more valuable they become.

Chase Adds Aer Lingus And Iberia As Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners
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Comments

  • Thanks for pointing out the British Airways option, which means I can use the miles for American Airlines flights. I never looked into transferring Ultimate Rewards to anything and just cashed out.

  • Good to know. Thanks!

  • I never knew Chase points could be transferred over to BA. This is great news.

  • AerClub is a truly dreadful program. Within Europe the taxes and charges alone that you have to pay to use Avios are quite often higher than the cash fare for the flight. Transatlantic the taxes and charges for a redemption through AerClub are much higher than making the same redemption on the same Aer Lingus flight through British Airways Executive Club.

  • Not sure this is really an improvement.

  • At least it will now be simpler to convert directly into Iberia, rather than doing the BAEC workaround.

  • I think any addition is good. Maybe they will be able to talk, and I know it’s a very long out there shot, American Airlines to partner with them. I would just love American to partner with someone for transferring miles.

    I applaud Chase for getting two new partners!

  • More transfer partners is a plus!

  • Chase UR really seems to just get better and better!

  • I transferred 5000 Best Western points to Iberia, and another 5,000 to British Airways, but the expiration date shown in Award Wallet hasn’t changed for either. Does a transfer from Chase reset the expiration clock?

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