How to Earn Elite Qualifying Miles When Redeeming Ultimate Rewards

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One way to redeem Ultimate Rewards points is through the Chase travel portal, which you can access once logged into your Chase account. You’ll be able to book airline tickets, hotel stays and car rentals without transferring to partners.

Cardholders of the Ink Bold Business CardInk Plus Business Card or the Ink Cash Business Card get a sweeter deal since they save 20% off hotels, airfare, car rentals and cruises when redeeming their Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

This is great for when redeeming for flights, since you will earn elite qualifying miles through Ultimate Rewards, since to the airline it looks like you are just purchasing a ticket meaning you would earn elite qualifying miles.

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To get started, head over to your Chase Ultimate Rewards account, where you must first login. Then, under the Use Points tab, select “Book a Trip”. Next you’ll be able to search for either hotels, flights, or even car rentals. The prices you see will be reflective of the 20% discount

For example, I search for a one-way flight from New York to Los Angeles, and it was pricing at $168.90. Instead of 16,890 points which a normal Ultimate Rewards member would need (since you normally cent a 1 cent per mile value), as an Ink cardholder these were available for 13,512 points.

When you think about it in comparison to what the airlines would charge for a one-way flight of 12,500 (assuming they offer one-way awards) this isn’t a bad deal since these booking would earn elite-qualifying miles, whereas redeeming directly with the airline would not.

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Bottom Line

If you’re looking to use your Ultimate Rewards redeeming for flights can be a good option if you want to redeem miles but still earn elite qualifying miles.

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  1. I like this option for cheap shorthauls…like SFO-LAX, SFO-LAS, or SFO-SEA. 5K points/segment is hard to beat.

  2. UA have made life more complicated for its elite customers by requiring thresholds in qualifying spend. Would this be recognized by UA as spend too? Nevertheless, interesting to use miles to get elite qualifying recognition.

  3. if i redeem UR points for flights, which Airline’s ELITE qualifying miles do I earn?
    I have no status with aadvantage
    I currently have United silver status until JAN 2014. I got it from marriot platinum challenge for which i did nothing so that too expires next month.

  4. @Jim You would have the option of who you want to credit the miles to just as if you were to purchase the ticket through the airline’s site.

  5. If you book hotels via Chase UR travel, do you earn hotel stay credit and/or get elite recognition?

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