Chase Ultimate Rewards redemptions

Top 9 Ways to Use 80,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

Check out my full guide to the card here and read on to see some great sweet spots with redeeming points for families.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred – Learn how to apply
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • $95 annual fee
  • Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to a variety of partners like Southwest, Hyatt, United, and more!
  • You can also redeem points through the Chase Travel Portal. 60,000 points = $750 of travel
  • Great option for booking all-inclusive resorts or hotels in Hawaii.
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    Redeem for $800 cash back

    While this is considered one of the lower value redemptions, you are still getting $800 cash back just for spending $4,000. Even if you have no travel planned, this is a great value, that’s like getting 20% cash back.

    Redeem through Chase’s travel portal for $1000 in travel

    If you want the most options, you can use Chase’s travel portal to book a wide variety of flights, rental cars, and hotels. The value of your points is fixed depending on the price of the plane ticket or hotel room.

    Your 80,000 points gets you $1,000 of travel.

    We love to find cheap flights via Scott’s Cheap Flights or Google Flights and then use our Ultimate Rewards to book. For international flights, your taxes and fees can even be covered by your points.

    We have booked independent hotels and cheap flights though the portal.

    I especially like this option for families because you are not subject to award availability for flights, you can just follow cheap deals. If you don’t have enough points for all the flights or hotels, you can pay partially with points and partially with cash. Your ticket will still have all the travel protection of the Sapphire!

    Book up to 16 nights at Hyatt Category 1 hotels

    Points can become more powerful and valuable when you transfer them to Chase’s transfer partners. Of those, Hyatt is probably our favorite. When you are logged in to your Chase account, you can transfer points to your loyalty accounts at a variety of airlines and hotels.

    On our road trip to California and back, we stayed at 10 different Hyatt Place properties and came to love them! They typically sleep 6 (2 queen beds + sofa bed) and have a great free breakfast.

    Category 1 Hyatts cost just 5,000 Hyatt points per night with standard pricing. Sometimes they are as low as 3,500 off-peak. Since Hyatt is a transfer partner with Chase, you can transfer points 1:1 and use them directly at Hyatt. Find a list of all Category 1 Hyatts here.

    Even if you go up to higher categories, you will still find great value at Hyatt properties.

    Or check out Million Mile Secret’s complete map which you can filter by Category below.

    Ways to Use 80,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

    Book 3-5 nights for a getaway at a all-inclusive property

    Transferring our Chase Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt and then booking an all-inclusive property is one of my favorite use of points. You’d have to open a World of Hyatt account and then transfer your Ultimate Rewards to that account in order to access these rates.

    Since Hyatt just added 50+ all-inclusive resorts, there are even more options now! You can see the full award chart here to see what this would cost. Rates vary by property and season. Search categories here to see pricing.

    Ways to Use 80,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

    Prices listed are for double occupancy. You can choose to pay points for extra people or cash. When we go, we have often chosen to add kids by paying cash at check-in, usually $100ish a night per kid.

    We have been to the Hyatt Ziva Cancun four times as well as the Dreams Palm Beach in Punta Cana and Ziva Cap Cana.

    We love that since all food and drinks are included, we just just relax and enjoy it! The nightly shows are daily activities are great, too.

    Use “Pay Yourself Back” to reimburse $1000 of Airbnb expenses

    Chase “Pay Yourself Back” is a new feature of the Ultimate Rewards program that seems to be changing month to month.

    Currently, through June 33, 2022 you can use your Ultimate Rewards points to reimburse yourself for dining and Airbnb purchases.

    This is a great option for families with upcoming Airbnb stays as you can get $1000 reimbursed on an Airbnb purchase!

    Fly 3 people round trip to Ireland on Aer Lingus from Chicago

    Aer Lingus is another transfer partner for Ultimate Rewards and you can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio (sometimes even with a bonus!)

    The best deal for Aer Lingus flights is to fly on a direct flight from Chicago or farther east to Ireland. Flights are priced per segment and by distance. Off-peak dates cover 2/3 of the year.

    For non-stop flights on Aer Lingus booked via British Airways, Aer Lingus, or Iberia (prices shown off-peak/peak):

    13K / 20K for flights 3,000-4,000 miles flown

    16,250 / 25K for flights 4,001 to 5,500 miles flown

    Taxes on the flights vary but seem to be $100-$200 per ticket.

    Fly 3 people round trip from West Coast to Hawaii

    British Airlines is another transfer partner of Ultimate Rewards. It is also an airline partner with Alaska and American Airlines. Just like Aer Lingus, award flights are priced by distance and per segment, which makes this a great value only for non-stop flights.

    Non-stop flights from the West Coast to Hawaii (on American or Alaska) will price as 26,000 round trip in Economy + $5.60 each way in taxes. Great value for families if you can find 4 award seats available together on a flight.

    Book 3 round trip tickets within the US on United

    United’s pricing for award flights is now dynamic so depending on the route and dates it will change. But traditionally flights cost 25,000 points round trip within the lower 48 states — so this is still a good starting gauge.

    United is a transfer partner with Ultimate Rewards and you can transfer your points at a 1:1 ratio. This could be an especially good value if you fly in and out of smaller airports where tickets are typically more expensive.

    Transfer to Southwest to book flights

    Our favorite domestic airline is Southwest! It is another great transfer option with Ultimate Rewards. When you transfer your points 1:1, those 100,000 points will give you about $1,400 in Southwest airfare. Booking flights with Southwest on points instead of with cash is better because of the way refunds and changes are processed if you change plans or your flight drops in price. With cash, you will receive a Ticketless Travel Fund that has to be redeemed within a year of purchase date and only can be used by the original ticket holder. Points, though, get redeposited in your account instantly and can be used to book a ticket for anyone.

    If you are planning to earn a Southwest Companion Pass, any points you transfer from Ultimate Rewards to Southwest will not count towards the Companion Pass, but you can still use them when booking any flight.

    Chase Sapphire Preferred – Learn how to apply
    • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
    • $95 annual fee
    • Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to a variety of partners like Southwest, Hyatt, United, and more!
    • You can also redeem points through the Chase Travel Portal. 60,000 points = $750 of travel
    • Great option for booking all-inclusive resorts or hotels in Hawaii.

    How do you plan to use your 80k bonus? Let me know in the comments!

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