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My friends and I are trying to go to Hong Kong China then to Bejing with Cathy Pacfic. We are trying to use Chase Reward points to fly business would it work if we transfer points to AA then to Cathy? Is that how it would work or what would be the best way using Chase Rewards points to get business class ticket? This is our first time planning something like this so we aren’t sure what’s the best way to use our Chase Ultimate Reward points.
Lin, welcome! Unfortunately Chase Ultimate Rewards points are not transferable to AA and the airline miles with one airline are not transferable to other airlines with very rare exceptions. Once you transfer to an airline you can then book tickets on the flights operated by that airline as well as flights operated by its partners. Some of these are easy to find online while others need to be searched online using specific tools. I would encourage you to click on the start here button above and take some time to become familiar with the process. It can be a little overwhelming in the beginning but with a little persistence it is not hard to master. If you find it to be too much you can always enlist the help of an award booking company like points pros or others.
Since you have Chase UR points, look into transferring the points to Korean Air or United. Korean Air will get you from the US (assuming thats where you’re based) to HKG or PEK. I think you might be able to book two one way trips on KE, such as US-ICN-HKG and return PEK-ICN-US, meaning you’d only have to pay for the HKG-PEK leg.
If you use United, the require a lot of miles but their routing rules can be generous. You could fly Star Alliance partners to PEK or HKG, stopover, then add a PEK-HKG leg and then return from that city to the US. Star Alliance has some very good carriers servicing Asia, such as EVA, Asiana, and ANA. Air China is also an option – Lucky thought it was fine.