How to Use Chase Sapphire Points in 2018

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Update: Please be aware of Chase's new terms for the availability of Sapphire-family credit cards.

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Chase Sapphire Points, known as Chase Ultimate Rewards, are earned with many different Chase credit card products including:

A great feature of the Ultimate Rewards program is that you can consolidate the points earned across all your Ultimate Rewards-earning credit cards into a single account.

Redeem Ultimate Rewards 19 Different Ways

Ultimate Rewards are especially valuable due to the flexible nature of the rewards program. Chase Ultimate Rewards can be redeemed through UltimateRewards.com in 19 different ways. The value you’ll receive for each point depends on the card products you have and your method of redemption.

Our Favorite Redemption with Ultimate Rewards

One of our favorite redemptions with Chase Ultimate Rewards is for flights to Hawaii. The transfer partners of Ultimate Rewards allow you to redeem your points on the three major legacy US airlines (American, Delta, and United) by leveraging their partnership agreements. Check out our master list of Award Chart sweet spots for some further inspiration.

Prevent Ultimate Rewards from Expiring

Ultimate Rewards never expire if you have an active credit card that earns Ultimate Rewards. If you plan on closing an Ultimate Rewards-earning credit card, make sure you transfer the points earned on that card to another card or redeem those points before closure, so you don’t forfeit your earned points. The Freedom Card, Chase Freedom Unlimited®, and Ink Cash card all come with no annual fee if you’re concerned about maintaining an open card account without fees.

How to Use Chase Sapphire Points in 2018
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  • I just love merging them with the Hyatt free anniversary night on the Hyatt Card and staying at Hyatt

  • I just can’t justify that Sapphire Reserve annual fee.

  • DaWoodMan1 says:

    And you can still get a Chase Ink Plus card but you have to be referred from somebody that already has it. Same thing for the regular Sapphire as well. So that’s 2 additional cards that can help you earn UR points!

  • I used to always xfer to UA, but since the Reserve has came out and I can get 1.5 cents per point and earn miles I have been using them to by my economy long haul tickets instead

  • Happy New Year!

    Interesting how you call Ultimate Reward Points Sapphire points.

    While my UR balance sits in my CSP balance, its not much of an earner except when I opened it. My earners are my two Freedoms and Inks, which far out pace my CSP in Ultimate Rewards earned .

  • ADAM PARSONS says:

    Thanks for the post, chase points are a great way of accumulating flyer points.

  • Hope to get the CSR before the bonus drops down to 50k. Those 100k would really help with a few international flights I wanna do

  • I like using chase UR points with the CSR to book at lesser known, nice hotels at 1.6 cpp. Sometimes its actually less points than if you were to transfer to Hyatt, Marriott, or Hilton!

  • I wish I could but I am over 5/24.

  • What about redeeming for car rentals?

    • Valeria, redeeming for car rentals can be a very good deal with Ultimate Rewards when you book through UltimateRewards.com The important thing to keep in mind is that you should always price compare rental cars with other sites. I’d recommend looking towards hotwire.com or use AutoSlash.com as well.

  • transferring to Marriott is not the best use of the points

  • I did just read about the Chase Sapphire reduction on their Reserve card. Interesting not tempting enough to get it with the high fee right now. I love my Ultimate Rewards and cannot wait to use them! I have multi cards that earn points but they are only for specific companies. I see more benefit to my Freedom card and am considering using that more. It’s hard to break away from my Disney card though…got kids and well it can help just I’m beginning to see maybe it would be smarter to use the Freedom card and just use various redemptions to cover trips. If anyone has only chase credit cards what if they just suddenly close your account? how many would another blogger be willing to have with chase but still have with other companies just to make sure no mishaps happen?

    • Diversity is important with credit. My wife and I have 7 chase credit cards between the two of us — and I have no problem getting a few more. That said we also have cards with Amex, Citi, Barclaycard, Bank of America and others.

  • Try a get a CSR before the welcome bonus drops to 50K, 100K points would definitely make my trip to Japan much more affordable.

  • The article states “The transfer partners of Ultimate Rewards allow you to redeem your points on the three major legacy US airlines (American, Delta, and United) by leveraging their partnership agreements.”

    Howie, is there any easy way to indicate the ratio with which these points are transferred to AA and Delta miles, or is it different for each card listed above?

    Thanks!

  • I’m trying to wind down my Chase Sapphire Preferred card so I’m transferring my UR to my CSR account, where they’re worth more for travel redemptions.

  • In the article you said I can keep a card such as Chase Freedom with no annual fee to prevent ultimate reward points get expired. Is that true? When I had only Chase Freedom card, I got cash back, but I don’t get ultimate points. Now I have Sapphire reserve so I can also earn ultimate points with the Freedom card. If I cancelled Sapphire reserve, will I still be able to earn ultimate points with Freedom card and prevent them from expire? Thank you.

    • I can understand the confusion with this situation. The value of the rewards earned on a Chase Freedom, Sapphire or Ink (business) family cards are dictated by the card associated with the points.

      A couple of things to keep in mind:

      1) You can always freely transfer points between your Freedom, Sapphire, and Ink cards
      2) Ignore the marketing associated with cash back and ultimate rewards, but know that you can combine points earned across any of these cards at any time. They’re all called Ultimate Rewards, but the card with which the points are associated dictates their value.
      3) Points redeemed from the Sapphire Reserve have a greater value than the Sapphire Preferred, Freedom, Freedom Unlimited, or Ink products as they have a minimum value of 1.5 cents/point if you choose to book travel directly through UltimateRewards.com, higher than all other cards

      In your scenario, if you had the Freedom and the Sapphire Preferred and decided to close your Sapphire Preferred but figured you might open a Sapphire Reserve 6 months down the road, you could transfer all points on your Sapphire Preferred to your Freedom and let it sit. Six months down the road, you open the Sapphire Reserve and you move all the points on your Freedom to the Sapphire Reserve (including those that you previously moved from your Sapphire Preferred) and you’re good to go.

      Long story short and to answer your question directly, yes, you’ll need to combine your points from your Sapphire Reserve to your Freedom card and then you can close the Sapphire Reserve and won’t lose any points. Keep in mind, by closing this card you’ll have less redemption options available with your Ultimate Rewards (e.g. you won’t be able to transfer points 1:1 to partners like United or Hyatt)

  • Chase bank products are some of my best friends! It will be a cold day in Hades when they are pried from my bony fingers! 🙂

  • thanks for the info

  • I have found Ultimate Reward Points are great for car rentals and to top up their air partners FFM accounts if we are close to an award. the only negative on the car rentals is that you always have to return the car to the same rental location – No one ways. I called and the rep confirmed this and stated this is done to save money (for Chase I guess, not for me!).

  • Really helpful tips, thank you! I didn’t realize points can be transferred between cards.

  • hyatt gives really good value with using these points!

  • deerseason says:

    Canceling my CSR when the AF comes due later this month (I’ve already redeemed my second $300 travel credit), then having the wife apply for one.

  • Joel Kling says:

    Not happy with Chase ultimate rewards travel. I found better rental car deals compared to what they offered. I also recently stayed in Maui and booked with Chase ULT. I got the same deal using my points but denied 2 breakfast buffets which I would have gotten if I booked on the hotels website. In Hawaii a breakfast buffet costs about $20 per person.

    Joel Kling
    Newhall CA

    • Joel, it is important to know that the Ultimate Rewards travel portal is like any other travel portal — such as Expedia, Orbitz or Priceline. Any hotel booking would be considered a 3rd party booking and you might indeed lose such benefits that you might otherwise get booking directly. It is unfortunate, but the way hotel bookings work.

      As for the rental car side of things — I’d recommend always starting with AutoSlash.com and see where you can go after that for pricing.

  • My wife and I also have 7 Chase credit cards between us, not counting our Amex, Barclays, and Citi credit cards. How much is too much to spend in annual fees?

    • $1 more than the value you receive from the cards. You need to evaluate the price you pay for all of your cards and then compare that to the value you receive from that card. As long as value > cost, you’re good.

  • I need another Chase card.

  • Why is the article titled 2018, but all the comments are from 9-12 months ago? Sloppy, AwardWallet, sloppy.

    • Its a republished post with some modifications answering frequently asked questions. Rather than creating another post with virtually identical content, we bumped this one up. Sorry you feel it is sloppy.

  • Chase points really are some of the best available, especially if you live (as I do) in a United Airlines hub. I recently used a bunch for a UA super saver round trip ticket in business class to New Zealand. I reckon the value of those points was nearly 6 cents each. I’m still mad at myself for missing the 100K Reserve sign-up bonus though!

  • Updating and reposting is okay sometimes as everyone needs a break now and then. Plus some of us may have missed it before.
    Agree that if value > cost it can work as a go.

  • Lee Ann Bixler says:

    Thanks for the updates Howie on Chase Ultimate Rewards. I’m getting rid of my ink card and sticking with the Reserve Card. Appreciate all the useful information!

  • I’ve usually found the best value to be via a transfer to Hyatt. Of course my needs may be different than yours, but that’s just my experience.

  • I’ll have to look into the Ink Cash Card. Chase Points are wonderful and booking through the Chase Portal is going to be key to my status-chasing on the cheap this year.

  • Thanks for the link to the old post on the value of Ultimate Reward point redemption options, and maximizing them. I was totally unaware of the “Activities” tab on the Ultimate Rewards website for finding deals on tours., admissions, ect. then, getting the additional 20% redemption value also. I’m going to check it out now.

  • 2017 allowed me to PC my Fairmont to a Freedom Unlimited, still having two Freedoms and two Ink Cash.

    That Fairmont was a great redemption, I wish I could have gotten it a few times!

  • Oftentimes better value can be found in transferring to BA and taking advantage of sweetspots in partner airline awards.

  • Thanks for this refresher! Definitely will keep this handy when the annual fee comes up next month.

  • I’ve had my Chase Sapphire Reserve card for two months and was able to redeem four one-way Southwest flights on points even before my sign-up bonus hit the account. Cannot express how much I love the CSR.

  • I have not thought about risk of future devaluations – I am sitting on plenty of UR points, SW miles and Marriott miles. I am conditioned to use SWA miles on those flights but wonder if I should use UR instead of SW.

  • Alice Chen says:

    If you have multiple Chase cards, do all the points get pooled together?

  • Chase UR still remains a strong program. Hope it continues to be so.

  • Mark De Roma says:

    Great post! The $450 fee for the CSR is pretty hefty, but it’s worth every penny…

  • Buffalo Gal says:

    One thing I love about CSR compared to other premium cards (Amex Plat or Citi Prestige, for example) is that the travel reimbursement is good for more than just airline fees. Airport parking can be expensive and we live too far from the airport to expect others to drop us off, but our CSR covers it.

  • I love the versatility of CSR points. My favorite way to use them is less exciting — but I love never having to pay cash for short-haul flights.

  • My absolute favorite is using the points for a trip to Hawaii using the process described in the post linked above. It was years ago but I transferred miles to Korean Airlines to book Delta flights (caution, I’m not sure if that’s currently a recommended workflow). Anyway, it’s my go-to story when people ask about using miles for travel to highlight the value in being smart (clever?) about it. I’m using the list above to next tackle hotel stays particularly in Barcelona in a few weeks.

    • It is absolutely still a great use of miles with Korean SKYPASS — as long as you can find the Delta award availability. 25k miles to Hawaii is a steal! Enjoy BCN — our trip there had us at the Le Meridien on La Rambla (great location but not cheap).

  • Great tips! I just signed up a Chase card.

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