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One of the best credit card programs just got significantly better. Starting today, Chase Ultimate Rewards points — which are earned on credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card — can be transferred to Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program.
Points in the Aeroplan program can be redeemed for flights not only on Air Canada itself but any of the carrier’s 40 airline partners, which include United, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Turkish Airways, Tap Air Portugal, Avianca, Copa Airlines, All Nippon Airways, EVA Air and many more.
The addition of Aeroplan brings the total number of Chase transfer partners to 14, with 11 airline programs and three hotel programs:
Airlines Aer Lingus AerClub Air Canada Aeroplan Air France-KLM Flying Blue British Airways Executive Club Emirates Skywards Iberia Plus JetBlue TrueBlue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Southwest Rapid Rewards United MileagePlus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Hotels World of Hyatt IHG Rewards Club Marriott Bonvoy Like all of Chase’s existing transfer partners, Ultimate Rewards points will transfer to Aeroplan at a 1-to-1 ratio, meaning you’ll get 1,000 Aeroplan points for every 1,000 Chase points you transfer.
Related: 6 great ways to travel for free with 100,000 bonus points on the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
Air Canada’s Aeroplan program was revamped last November and offers some great opportunities to fly around the world at reasonable mileage rates without getting hefty fees or surcharges tacked on.
The program uses a distance-based award chart with variable pricing for flights operated by Air Canada. This means that redemptions are priced based on the distance between a flight’s origin and destination, but also vary based on demand for the particular flight you’re choosing. Fortunately, you can use the airline’s award predictor tool to see how many points you’ll need for a flight.
Flights on partner airlines are also based on the same mileage distance bands, but typically price out lower since there’s no variable pricing based on demand. However, you’ll need to find open award space on the partner in order to book it with Aeroplan points.
What are the best Aeroplan redemption opportunities for US-based travelers? Well, if you’re looking to travel within North America, one great way to use your points is to fly with partner United Airlines — especially on awards that are 500 miles or less in distance. These redemptions only cost 6,000 Aeroplan points each way, and include routes such as Boston to Washington Dulles and Denver to Aspen.
Fly from Boston to Washington, DC, one way on United for just 6,000 Aeroplan points.
Longer flights between 501 and 2,750 flight miles cost 10,000 to 12,500 points each way within North America, which is on par with many other loyalty programs. The one exception is if you’re looking to fly to Hawaii from the Midwest or East Coast — flights of 2,751 miles or more will cost you 22,500 Aeroplan points.
You can also use your Aeroplan points to fly to Mexico or the Caribbean on a United-operated flight. Some examples include Houston to Cancun for just
Chase adds new transfer partner to its Ultimate Rewards credit cards
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