Chase Offering 30% Bonus On British Airways Points Transfers

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At the moment Chase Ultimate Rewards is offering its first ever transfer bonus, which I’d consider to be huge news. Of the four major transferable points currencies, Ultimate Rewards is the only program that hasn’t historically offered transfer bonuses, though that has finally changed.

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Chase offering 30% bonus on British Airways transfers

Through June 16, 2019, you can receive a 30% bonus when you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways Executive Club.

Interestingly the bonus isn’t hard-coded into the transfer ratio, meaning that when you transfer Ultimate Rewards points you won’t see the bonus on the transfer page. Rather you’ll see the 30% bonus show up in your Executive Club account once the points transfer (which is typically instant).

Not only is 30% an excellent transfer bonus, but the precedent of Chase offering Ultimate Rewards transfer bonuses is huge.

This is especially awesome when you consider that there are Chase cards offering 1.5x points per dollar spent on everyday purchases, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited® and Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card. So getting a 30% bonus means you’re looking at earning 1.95 Avios on non-bonused spending.

Then you have cards like the Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card, which offer up to 5x points, or cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card, which offer up to 3x points.

Redeem Avios for travel in British Airways first class

British Airways Executive Club is also transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, and last fall we saw a 40% bonus for converting Amex points into Avios, though that was the last transfer bonus we saw to British Airways.

Redeeming British Airways Avios

British Airways has a distance based award chart. The cost of an award is based on the distance of each individual segment you fly. Here’s the chart:

Zone // Flight DistanceEconomy
Off Peak // Peak
Premium Economy
Off Peak // Peak
Off Peak // Peak
Off Peak // Peak
Zone 1
1-650 miles*
*Not available in North America
4,000 // 4,5005,750 // 6,7507,750 // 9,00015,500 // 18,000
Zone 2
651-1150 miles
6,500 // 7,5009,500 // 11,25012,750 // 15,00025,500 // 30,000
Zone 3
1151-2000 miles
8,500 // 10,00012,750 // 15,00017,000 // 20,00034,000 // 40,000
Zone 4
2001-3000 miles
10,000 // 12,50020,000 // 25,00031,250 // 37,50042,500 // 50,000
Zone 5
3001-4000 miles
13,000 // 20,00026,000 // 40,00050,000 // 60,00068,000 // 80,000
Zone 6
4001-5500 miles
16,250 // 25,00032,500 // 50,00062,500 // 75,00085,000 // 100,000
Zone 7
5501-6500 miles
19,500 // 30,00039,000 // 60,00075,000 // 90,000102,000 // 120,000
Zone 8
6501-7000 miles
22,750 // 35,00045,500 // 70,00087,500 // 105,000119,000 // 140,000
Zone 9
7001+ miles
32,50 // 50,00065,000 // 100,000125,000 // 150,000170,000 // 200,000

The basic things to be aware of include the following:

  • All awards on partner airlines price at the peak levels
  • Variable (peak and off-peak) pricing only applies for travel on British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus
  • Pricing is per segment, so no matter what type of award you book, you’ll pay individually for each segment
  • Travel on British Airways and many partner airlines is subjected to carrier-imposed surcharges, which is the frustration that many people have with the program

Here’s a post I wrote sharing some great ways to redeem British Airways Avios without paying big carrier-imposed surcharges.

Redeeming Avios on Aer Lingus can be a great value

Bottom line

It’s so great to see Chase Ultimate Rewards offering a transfer bonus for the first time ever, and a 30% bonus can represent a really good deal. I hope that this trend continues.

British Airways Avios are a useful points currency, and I’ll likely be taking advantage of this promotion myself.

Are you excited to see Chase offer a transfer bonus for the first time?

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  1. Hi Lucky, I’ve been reading your blog for years and have benefited in so many ways. Thank you.

    I was surprised you didn’t mention that BA Avios are transferable to Iberia and Aer Lingus. I use Iberia Avios to fly business class between BOS and MAD off-peak, and it’s a big value (Please tell me if I’m wrong about that) getting Iberia Avios by BA transfer. So isn’t this an equivalent promotion for 30% bonus to Iberia and Aer Lingus, with an intermediary step?

  2. I think I’m going to transfer my balance to Avios and close my Reserve account. Then open a Citi Prestige card. I value airline transfers over hotel transfers, and Citi just offers better airline partners. Also canceling my Aviator Silver card as American just seems to be in a downward spiral.

    New lineup -> Amex Platinum & Gold, Citi Prestige.

  3. Just transferred and booked LED-MAD (IB Y) for 11k + $26 on a peak date. Doesn’t line up with the chart posted. Is it outdated?

  4. CB – Reserve offers 3x on Travel, which includes Uber, Lyft, Taxis, etc. Also, it offers 3x on hotels (I didn’t notice any hotel spend bonus in your Amex Platinum and Gold and Citi Prestige lineup). If I were you I would downgrade to the Preferred instead of closing the Reserve if you really want to downgrade. It makes sense to take part in all of these currencies.

  5. Anthony – Prestige offers 3x on hotel spend. Also, I rarely use car services so the $15/month on Uber that the platinum offers covers a good bit. I’ve thought about getting the Chase Preferred, but I think if anything I just might add that in the future when I’m eligible for the bonus

  6. Chase is realizing that their ultimate rewards program is losing its competitive advantage. Their points are less valuable than it used to be. There are no new developments in their program, no new valuable and unique partners. Thus, I think Chase is compelled to offer transfer bonus as a way to not fall behind the competitions.

  7. Brian Kusler – And they let you cancel and get a milage redeposit for free (minus forfeiting any taxes/fees, which are next to nothing if you are using them to book AA domestic flights)

  8. I just transferred 29000 UR to BA and booked 5 seats for me and my family from Buenos Aires to Santiago for 37,500 Avios on LATAM in August. The timing of this bonus worked great for me!

  9. I did a transfer of 75000 when they had the Amex transfer to Iberia. If I transfer chase now to BA could I use both Iberia and BA to book a flight? Are all Avios points in one bucket?

  10. Very enthused!

    I’ll transfer 50,000 to get 65,000 and bank it as Avios don’t expire for 3 years.

    Earlier this year I transferred 30,000 Ultimate Reward points to British Airways for business class seats, 15,000 each for a Japan Airlines flight from Narita to Shanghai and Cathay Pacific flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Each offered lie-flat seats, tasty lunch and delightful service. I don’t recall paying an unreasonable amount in fees; considered that use of Avios to be a terrific value.

  11. Oh, and enjoyed food and beverage pre-flight in the respective carriers’ lounges. Brilliant!

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