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Chase Ultimate Rewards has announced a promotion offering cardmembers a 30% bonus on Ultimate Rewards transfers to British Airways, from now until June 16, 2019. This is the first-ever transfer bonus from Chase. To access the promotion, all you need to do is log into your Chase Ultimate Rewards account to see it.
- Promotion is valid on transfers through June 16, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET.
- Receive a 30% bonus when you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways Avios.
- You will receive 1,300 Avios points for every 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points you transfer.
One thing to note about the promotion is that the bonus is applied on the British Airways end of the transfer. On the Ultimate Rewards transfer page, Chase states the following:
“Bonus Avios will be awarded by British Airways in your British Airways Executive Club account when your transfer is complete.”
This has led some to question whether the 30% bonus will post instantly like most Chase to British Airways transfers. We tested this out with one of our own accounts and the expected number of points—including the 30% bonus—was available instantly. However, even transfers that are normally instant are occasionally delayed.
If your points don't post right away, AwardWallet's new Balance Watch feature can save you from the insanity of sitting at your computer and refreshing your account. We'll notify you by email and push notification as soon as your transfer posts. Fortunately, delays seem to be rare. The longest transfer time recorded by the Balance Watch during this promo has been two hours.
Using Your Avios
If you want to take advantage of one of our favorite British Airways sweet spots this promotion can be quite lucrative. Zone 2 awards are a great option, and you can grab a flight between U.S. destinations and the Caribbean in business class for as little as 15,000 Avios on flights operated by American Airlines.
If you are a British Airways aficionado, the British Airways Visa Signature® Card is currently offering a mega signup bonus: Earn up to 100,000 bonus Avios. Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Plus earn an additional 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $20,000 on your purchases within your first year of account opening..
However, unless you already have the complete lineup of Chase Ultimate Rewards cards, you'd be far better off earning flexible points that can transfer to a dozen airline and hotel partners. Our top personal-card picks are the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. If you're looking for a small-business card, you can't go wrong with the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card.
It is great to see Chase finally getting in on the transfer-bonus game. If you have an immediate use for Avios points, this promotion could be valuable. Even if this transfer offer isn't a good fit for your upcoming travel plans, the first-ever transfer bonus from Chase is great news. Hopefully, this will turn out to be the first of many bonuses on transfers to Ultimate Rewards partners.
Source: Frequent Miler
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