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Chase 30% Transfer Bonus to British Airways Ends on Sunday

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Back in late April, Chase rolled out its first-ever transfer bonus, offering a 30% bonus when sending Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways. It was a big development, putting Chase on par with other points and miles like American Express, Citi, and even Capital One – all of which had offered these bonuses while Chase had not.

Well, that first bonus is coming to an end. The transfer bonus expires Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. So if you’ve got a redemption in mind using British Airways Avios, you only have a few days remaining to score some bonus miles on your transfer.

 

Chase Transfer Bonus

 

Unfortunately, this development came with a dash of bad news. British Airways recently started charging more Avios for flights on partner airlines like American Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and more.

Still, there are some great deals you can book using this transfer bonus. Read up on the best flights to book using this transfer bonus, including a round-trip flight to Hawaii for just 20,000 Chase points!

And if you’re new to this world of transferring points, read our guide on transferring Chase points to get started. Log into your Chase account, head to the Ultimate Rewards portal, select “Transfer to Travel Partners,” and the promotion should show up. If you’ve already added your British Airways account to Chase, it should show up in your dashboard.

 

Chase Transfer Bonus British Airways

 

Transfers must be in increments of 1,000 for the amount of Ultimate Rewards points you transfer, not the final amount of British Airways Avios you eventually receive.  Unfortunately, Chase won’t display how many miles you will get after the transfer bonus. But these transfers are instantaneous, and you’ll see the bonus miles in your British Airways account. We’ve put together a quick chart laying out just how many miles you’ll get with this 30% bonus.

 

Chase Ultimate RewardsBritish Airways Avios after Transfer Bonus
1,0001,300
5,0006,500

10,00013,000
15,00019,500
20,00026,000
25,00032,500
30,00039,000
35,00045,500
39,00050,700

 

Thrifty Tip: You can make great use of this transfer bonus by booking flights through British Airways, of course. But if your accounts have been open longer than 90 days and are active, you can turn around and transfer your larger crop of British Airways Avios to Iberia – a great way to book a business class flight to Europe.

Thrifty Tip: Got Amex points, too? Check to see if you’re eligible for an outstanding 40-50% transfer bonus to British Airways through American Express Membership Rewards!

Bottom Line

Transfer bonuses like this are great, as they’re basically free miles. And while a 30% bonus to any airline is nothing to scoff at, what makes this one so impressive is that it was Chase’s first-ever bonus.

Make a plan for how to make the most of this bonus and transfer those points before it expires on Sunday!

 

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3 Responses

  1. Joe Warren says:

    I have roughly 200K UR points and no British Airways ff account (pretty strong on United). But, we are planning a British Isles trip in the next couple of years. Wouldn’t I get pretty close to the same bang for the buck by purchasing through the UR portal (Sapphire Reserve 1 point = 1.5 cents). Since I’m not in the British Airways system, I’m hesitant to start with a new airline on speculation.

    • Kyle Potter says:

      Lots of variables here, Joe. What flights might you try to book using points and miles? Economy or business or first class? In general, BA is great for short flights – not so much for international longhaul. So whether you’d get the same bang for your buck by booking direct through the Chase portal really depends.

  2. CS says:

    I just checked few domestic segments in US and almost every search comes up as “no availability”. I checked on American Airlines and there are a lot of flights with points for same dates. So this makes me think, the flights available for BA bookings on partner airlines is very limited, almost negligible. Atleast going by BA website, it doesn’t look like there are enough options to redeem with those points most of time. I am weary of transfer now at risk of those points worth nothing.

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