Airbnb doesn’t yet have its own loyalty program. That means there are no points you can earn when you book a stay with Airbnb – and no way to redeem Airbnb points for a free night stay through Airbnb. At least not directly…
But thanks to a new partnership with Chase and the Pay Yourself Back benefit available to Chase Sapphire cardholders, you can now use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book an Airbnb stay until at least April 1, 2022. When you do, your points have the same value as they do through the Chase Travel Portal – 1.25 cents each with the Preferred Card and 1.5 cents each with the Reserve.
Let’s walk through how you can use the Pay Yourself Back feature of the Chase Ultimate Rewards program to book an Airbnb stay with points.
How Chase Pay Yourself Back Works
It’s called Pay Yourself Back, and through March 2022, you can use your points to pay yourself back for purchases at Airbnb, Away Luggage, and if you hold the Sapphire Reserve, you can also use points to cover dining purchases.
If you’ve got the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, each point will be worth 1.25 cents. If you hold the Chase Sapphire Reserve, each point gets you 1.5 cents. That means a $500 Airbnb stay could be covered using 40,000 Chase points if you hold the Preferred – and just 33,333 points if you hold the Reserve card.
If you have a pile of Chase points, here’s how you can use them to book an Airbnb.
Make a Purchase Directly with Airbnb
In order to use your Chase points to book an Airbnb, all you need to do is make a purchase directly with Airbnb and pay with your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve card.
Once that charge officially posts to your Sapphire card statement, it will then be eligible for the Pay Yourself Back benefit. This typically takes two to four days to post. You will not be able to redeem points via Pay Yourself back while the purchase is still pending.
Instead of an actual stay, I booked an Airbnb Experience for an upcoming trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The experience cost $25 a person, and I booked for three guests for a total of $75.
Using Pay Yourself Back to Erase the Airbnb Purchase
I made the charge for the Airbnb Experience on a Friday afternoon. By Monday morning, the charge had officially posted to my Chase Sapphire Reserve card account and thus it was eligible for the Pay Yourself Back benefit.
To use the benefit, simply log into your Chase online account and head to the Ultimate Rewards homepage. From here, you will see the Pay Yourself Back feature listed as one of the options in the top navigation bar.
Once you select Pay Yourself Back, you will see a list of transactions on your card from the past 90 days that are eligible to remove with Chase Ultimate Rewards points. As a reminder, these transactions will be from restaurants, home improvement stores, grocery stores, and both Target and Wal-Mart.
And starting with purchases made on Oct. 1, 2021, you will see Airbnb and Away luggage purchases appear as well. You’ve only got 90 days from the date your purchase posts to your account to remove it with the Pay Yourself Back feature. If you don’t use Pay Yourself Back within 90 days of the transactions posting to your account, they will no longer be available.
When you find the transaction you want to pay yourself back for, simply select the “Apply Full Amount” checkbox, or select any cash value that you would like to credit yourself back for and Chase will calculate the appropriate amount of Ultimate Rewards points that it will cost.
Since I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, 5,000 points covered my entire $75 purchase. If I held the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, it would cost me 6,000 points to remove the purchase since the points redeem at 1.25 cents each.
Once you click the blue “Redeem” box, you will receive a statement credit to erase the charge via Pay Yourself Back. Chase indicates that it will take up to three business days for you to see the credit. But my experience is that it comes much quicker.
How to Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
There are many methods and credit cards that will help you earn Ultimate Rewards points. But in order to take advantage of the new Pay Yourself Back categories through March 2022, you must hold either the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or the Chase Sapphire Reserve®.
To start with, The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is one of our favorites. It earns 3x points per dollar spent on dining, including eligible delivery services, 3x points per dollar spent on online grocery purchases (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), and 3x points per dollar spent on select streaming services. You’ll also earn 2x points per dollar spent on travel purchases, and up to $50 in statement credits each account anniversary year for hotel stays purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
You’ll also earn a 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points bonus after spending $4,000 in the first three months of card membership. But this offer ends on Wednesday, Oct. 6!
Click Here to learn more about the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
Considering the card has only a $95 annual fee, you can come out way ahead. Using just this method, 60,000 points would be worth $750 towards an Airbnb stay. But the beauty of these points is how flexible they are. There are literally hundreds of ways to use them.
Make sure to read our post on 10 great ways to use the points bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
Then there is the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the premium version of the Sapphire Preferred Card with many more benefits that brings the annual fee on the card up to $550 each year.
With that higher annual fee, you get more premium benefits like a $300 travel credit, and airport lounge access. You’ll also earn 3x points per dollar spent on dining out at restaurants and travel expenses.
And for opening the card and spending $4,000 in the first three months of card membership, you will earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for a limited time. But since the points redeem at a value of 1.5 cents each, these points will be worth a minimum of $750 towards travel or using the Pay Yourself Back benefit.
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If you plan to take advantage of this new Pay Yourself Back feature from Chase by opening one of the Sapphire Cards, the Sapphire Preferred Card makes the most sense. To start with, you’ll earn more points (60,000 after spending $4,000 in the first three months) and your upfront annual fee will be much less. Plus, you could always eventually upgrade to the Reserve card and your Ultimate Rewards points would then be worth more.
Since Airbnb doesn’t have a points program of its own, it has been difficult to use points for an Airbnb stay.
The best option has been to use Capital One Venture miles to pay for an Airbnb and then via their purchase eraser feature, you could remove the charge at a rate of 1 cent = 1 mile. So a $500 Airbnb would cost you 50,000 Capital One Venture Miles. And that’s still an option today.
But with this Pay Yourself Back redemption category, Chase Ultimate Rewards points are the clear-cut best way to book Airbnb stays with points through March of 2022. It’s not yet clear if the benefit will extend beyond March, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed that it does.
Since Airbnb doesn’t have a points program of their own, using points to book Airbnb stays has been slim pickings.
But Chase’s new Pay Yourself Back feature is making this much easier. And not only is it easy, but it is also a solid value. It’s just another fun way to use Chase points and the new Pay Yourself Back benefit to get ahead with your future travels.