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Chase Adds Emirates for Newest Airline Transfer Partner

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Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Emirates’ Skywards mileage program as a transfer partner, the 13th transfer partner in Chase’s stable.

Emirates is far from the strongest option for using your Chase Ultimate Rewards points, but the more choices, the better. Chase points will transfer to Emirates on a 1:1 basis, and these transfers should be instant. The Points Guy first reported the addition.

 

 

This just adds to the options of earning Emirates Skywards miles via credit card points transfers. Emirates is also a transfer partner with American Express and Capital One. Read our guide to transferring Chase points to airline and hotel partners.

 

ProgramTypeTransfer RatioTransfer Time
Aer LingusAirline1:1Instant
Air France/KLMAirline1:1Instant
British AirwaysAirline1:1Instant
EmiratesAirline1:1Instant
Iberia PlusAirline1:1Instant
JetBlueAirline1:1Instant
Singapore AirAirline1:112-24 hours
Southwest AirlinesAirline1:1Instant
United AirlinesAirline1:1Instant
Virgin AtlanticAirline1:1Instant
World of HyattHotel1:1Instant
IHGHotel1:11 day
Marriott RewardsHotel1:12 days

 

Our Analysis

Of course, flying in style like Jennifer Aniston is on many travelers’ bucket list. But actually using Emirates Skywards miles to fly Emirates blinged-out first class isn’t the best way to do so.

If you want to fly first with an in-air bar and a shower at 38,000 feet, you’re much better off using Alaska MileagePlan miles – 150,000 of them to fly one way from the U.S. to Dubai (DXB), to be precise. Rather than booking an award ticket outright, one of the few worthwhile uses of Emirates miles is to upgrade – from economy to business class, for example.

 

 

Long story short: Emirates isn’t the best addition – especially if you’re trying to fly one of the most luxurious first class cabins in the world. But the more options, the merrier.

 

Bottom Line

More is always better. Just remember that 999 times out of 1,000, there will be better uses of your Chase points than a transfer to this newest partner.

 

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Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

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