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 Card, Ink 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.
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.
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.