This may seem like an uber basic process, but I’m all about breaking things down for my readers.
I know a lot of noobs out there have been racking up mega Ultimate Rewards points with their Chase Freedom® , Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Bold® Business Charge Card & Ink Plus® Business Card rewards cards (you must have an Ink Bold or a Sapphire Preferred to transfer your Freedom points into Ultimate Rewards), so the question is, how and where can they be transferred?
The stupendous thing about Ultimate Rewards is the TRANSFER options. You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to many top travel programs. Should I list them? Ok, I will. Here they are:
- United – which I usually use for international flights on a Star Alliance partner.
- Hyatt- which I use for most of my hotel stays. I love their properties and their service.
- Korean Airways- never been… I should, though.
- Southwest Airlines- which I use on most domestic flights if possible. They are cheap and I can also secure myself an exit row.
- British Airways- also cheap cheap for domestic flights on their partner American Airlines.
- Marriott- I choose to stay away.
- Priority Club- has now changed their award chart twice, but there is still value with “point breaks” hotels.
- Amtrak- what? It’s a train.
- Ritz-Carlton- I dig it.
Besides the grandeur of being able to transfer my Ultimate Rewards points to travel partners, I can also transfer Ultimate Rewards points to people in my household. That is technically the rule, but you can actually transfer UR points to any individual in the world that has a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold (pretty sure that is everyone). This is great for me and the wife. I can steal her Ultimate Rewards points and add them to my account, just like that. Yep, I’ve done it.
This is also good news because if I wanted to downgrade or cancel my Sapphire Preferred, I would lose the ability to transfer my Ultimate Rewards points to the travel partners mentioned above. Bummer, but I can transfer them to my wife’s Ultimate Rewards account first. (That’s hypothetical- I don’t trust her with my UR points. Not one bit.) But I could also transfer my Sapphire Preferred points to my Ink Bold Ultimate Rewards account. I like this.
Ok, so here’s how you transfer Ultimate Rewards points to travel partners. It’s simple. Check it.
Go to UltimateRewards.com and sign in. Duh.
Now that you are signed in, click “transfer partners”. There are two places to click.
After clicking transfer partners, you go ahead and pick your travel program of choice. I’m going with United.
This is where you enter in your membership numbers and name and you are all set. Like I said, I’m really good at transferring my wife’s UR points into my UR account or travel programs.
Now let’s take a peek at transferring Ultimate Rewards points to an individual.
Click on “Manage Ultimate Rewards” and then on “Combine Points”.
After wading your way through those difficult waters, you will end up on this magical page.
Go through the steps of entering the persons credit or debit card number that you would like to transfer your valuable Ultimate Rewards points to, and you are done. Boom. So easy, a noob could do it.
Ultimate Rewards points are marvelous. I love them. You love them. We all love them. If you don’t have any Ultimate Rewards points, wake up from your slumber. They are some of the most valuable points in this realm. You can transfer them to all the top travel programs, using them to top off your accounts. And you should have miles in these accounts, because they all have separate rewards cards tied to them. This is how we noobs maximize our miles and points. That, and we steal from our spouses.
If you don’t have a rewards card that earns you precious Ultimate Rewards points, shame on you. Check out the reviews on the top of the page for the Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, and Ink Bold cards.
The Sapphire Preferred is the best card to earn Ultimate Rewards points and a must have for all rewards points lovers. You can apply down below. I do receive a referral credit if you apply through my link. Only use my link if you are satisfied with the service I provide.
— Geoff Whitmore