How to Book Flight Deals with Points

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You’re here because you like cheap flight deals. Well, how about you save even more by leveraging travel rewards points to book your next flight deal? Why pay cash, when you can pay with points? This is one of our top ways to save on travel!

It’s no secret we are big fans of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. The sign-up bonus is 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points, which goes a long way if you use the points to pay for flight deals. Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.

Let’s look at one quick example. Recently we featured a flight deal on American Airlines from San Francisco to Maui, Hawaii for only $265. To book with Ultimate Rewards points, you simply search for flights through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. The same American Airlines flight can be booked for only 21,200 Ultimate Rewards points, instead of spending $265! With the Chase Sapphire Preferred 50k sign-up bonus you could book two round-trip flights to Hawaii and still have points to spare.

Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.

 

Sample flight deal booked with Ultimate Rewards points.

Sample flight deal booked with Ultimate Rewards points (San Francisco – Maui, Hawaii)

 

Through the Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) portal, you get a value of 1 UR = 1.25 cents when you are redeeming for travel with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card (1 UR = 1.5 cents with Sapphire Reserve). When you redeem points for flight deals you are maximizing your point potential.

The best part is you will also earn airline miles when you actually take your flight, which is not true for most point redemptions. You can book most of the flight deals we post, as the Ultimate Rewards website gives you the same prices you would find directly through the airline or from an online travel agency such as Priceline.

Thrifty Tip #1: Find a flight deal here at Thrifty Traveler? Go to the UR Portal and book the sale fare using points. This is one of the best ways to maximize the value of your UR points.

Thrifty Tip #2: Only have a few points? You can book with points and cash! You also earn 2X UR points when paying with your Sapphire Preferred credit card. You will earn 3X UR points with the Sapphire Reserve Card.

Thrifty Tip #3: Even though you are buying the ticket with Ultimate Rewards points, you will still earn airline miles on your flight!

Thrifty Tip #4: Earn additional UR points to use on travel by shopping through the Ultimate Rewards Mall.

 

Bottom Line

Leveraging Ultimate Rewards to book flight deals is one of the best benefits of holding the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. It allows you to squeeze even more value out of the flight deals we post here at Thrifty Traveler. In order to access the Ultimate Rewards website, you must have a card that accrues Ultimate Rewards points. Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.

 

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