Transfer Chase Points To British Airways With 30% Bonus

Transfer Chase Points To British Airways With 30% Bonus

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Chase Ultimate Rewards has launched a couple of new transfer bonuses today. Not only is Chase offering a 50% bonus on transfers to Marriott Bonvoy, but there’s also a bonus on transfers to British Airways Executive Club. It’s nice to see this trend continue, as Chase has historically offered the fewest transfer bonuses of major transferable points currencies.

Chase offering 30% bonus on Avios transfers

Between June 1 and July 31, 2022, Chase Ultimate Rewards is offering a 30% bonus when you transfer points to British Airways Executive Club.

This is the third time we’ve seen such a bonus, as it seems to be offered about once per year — we also saw this in 2020 and 2021.

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).

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® (review) and Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card (review). 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 (review), which offer up to 5x points, or cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card (review) or Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card (review), 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 Capital One. In the past we’ve sometimes seen transfer bonuses from Amex to British Airways, but we haven’t seen a bonus yet from Capital One.

Redeeming British Airways Avios

British Airways has a roughly distance based award chart. The cost of an award is based on the distance of each individual segment you fly. Here’s the award chart for travel on British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus:

Zone // Distance
Economy Off Peak // Peak
Premium Economy Off Peak // Peak
Business Off Peak // Peak
First Off Peak // Peak
Zone 1
1-650 miles*
*Not available in North America
4,000 // 4,500
5.750 // 6,750
7,750 // 9,000
15,500 // 18,000
Zone 2
651-1150 miles
6,500 // 7,500
9,500 // 11,250
12,750 // 15,000
25,500 // 30,000
Zone 3
1151-2000 miles
8,500 // 10,000
12,750 // 15,000
17,000 // 20,000
34,000 // 40,000
Zone 4
2001-3000 miles
10,000 // 12,500
20,000 // 25,000
31,250 // 37,500
42,500 // 50,000
Zone 5
3001-4000 miles
13,000 // 20,000
26,000 // 40,000
50,000 // 60,000
68,000 // 80,000
Zone 6
4001-5500 miles
16,250 // 25,000
32,500 // 50,000
62,500 // 75,000
85,000 // 100,000
Zone 7
5501-6500 miles
19,500 // 30,000
39,000 // 60,000
75,000 // 90,000
102,000 // 120,000
Zone 8
6501-7000 miles
22,750 // 35,000
45,500 // 75,000
87,500 // 105,000
119,000 // 140,000
Zone 9
7001+ miles
32,500 // 50,000
65,000 // 100,000
125,000 // 150,000
170,000 // 200,000
British Airways Executive Club Award Chart

Then here’s British Airways’ award chart for travel on partner airlines, excluding Aer Lingus and Iberia:

Zone // Flight Distance
Economy
Premium Economy
Business
First
Zone 1
1-650 miles*
*Not available in North America
6,000
9,000
12,500
24,000
Zone 2
651-1150 miles
9,000
12,500
16,500
33,000
Zone 3
1151-2000 miles
11,000
16,500
22,000
44,000
Zone 4
2001-3000 miles
13,000
25,750
38,750
51,500
Zone 5
3001-4000 miles
20,2750
41,250
62,000
82,500
Zone 6
4001-5500 miles
25,750
51,500
77,250
103,000
Zone 7
5501-6500 miles
31,000
62,000
92,750
123,750
Zone 8
6501-7000 miles
36,250
72,250
108,250
144,250
Zone 9
7001+ miles
51,500
103,000
154,500
206,000
British Airways Executive Club Award Chart for Partner Airlines

The basic things to be aware of include the following:

  • For the British Airways award chart, peak and off-peak pricing varies based on the day you’re flying
  • 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
  • In some cases flights don’t follow the above chart, as British Airways Executive Club has a tendency to devalue the program without notice

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

For the next couple of months, you can get a 30% bonus when you convert your Chase Ultimate Rewards points into British Airways Executive Club Avios.

Ultimately Avios aren’t the most valuable points currency out there, but this is still worth considering. It could be worth transferring some points so you have a reserve of Avios, though I also wouldn’t go overboard. After all, there’s lots of value to the flexibility offered by Ultimate Rewards points.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this transfer bonus from Chase Ultimate Rewards to British Airways Avios?

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  1. paul rogers Guest

    I see varying comments with regards to extending the expiration of BA miles. I just transfered 1,000 UR points to BAEC Avios. Will this def. extend the expiration 3 more years? THX.

  2. Alan Guest

    If I transfer UR points to authorized user BA account do they get the 30% bonus as well?

  3. Richard Guest

    As noted, American Airlines saver award space is very limited. At one point in time flying non-stop to and from CLT was the best option for all things British Airlines Avios; but not so much today...

  4. Airfarer Gold

    Over $800 in surcharges for a oneway TATL. Plus points. Just crazy.

    1. Tom Guest

      Sure, you use Avios on partner airlines, or short-haul BA. Everyone knows that.

  5. Ivan B Guest

    This will e great for me, planning to use BA to book JAL to Vietnam maybe this winter or next.

  6. rjb Guest

    Same Q as Art. I can move to BA and then transfer to my existing Iberia Avios account for much better redemptions than at directly through BA?

  7. Art_Czar Member

    @Ben - Since BA Avios & QR miles can now effectively be combined on linked accounts, can we use BA avios to book QR awards on the QR website? If so, that's 54k Chase UR points for a biz class award from N.America to Middle East in Qsuites.

    1. TimR Guest

      This is correct. Best use of BA Avios now

  8. Kate Guest

    Definitely not transferring. Too hard to find domestic saver award space on American, at least in my attempts.

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paul rogers Guest

I see varying comments with regards to extending the expiration of BA miles. I just transfered 1,000 UR points to BAEC Avios. Will this def. extend the expiration 3 more years? THX.

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Alan Guest

If I transfer UR points to authorized user BA account do they get the 30% bonus as well?

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Richard Guest

As noted, American Airlines saver award space is very limited. At one point in time flying non-stop to and from CLT was the best option for all things British Airlines Avios; but not so much today...

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