Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Emirates Skywards As Transfer Partner, Should You Move Your Points?

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In an effort to make their Ultimate Rewards Program more appealing, Chase added yet another transfer partner and this time it’s Emirates Skywards.

Chase cardholders with UR points can now transfer points to Emirates in real-time in order to redeem points for a desired redemption.

Chase has added a few new partners recently, in order to catch up and not lose too much ground to Amex Membership Rewards, especially after losing Korean Air SkyPass, which disappointed many people.

Ultimate Rewards are offered for your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve Personal Cards as well as the Chase Ink Business Cards.

You can find Ultimate Rewards partners in your online account:

If it’s worth it to transfer to Emirates will depend on if you’re able to redeem enough points for a worthwhile Emirates flight, such as their new First Class cabin or First Class on the A380 that offers a shower in the skies.

You can access Emirates Skywards here to have a look how many points it would take you.

Here is an example for a flight from Los Angeles to Dubai round trip:

  • Business Class:165,000 Skywards Miles (one way 113,750)
  • First Class: 247,500 Skywards Miles (one way 155,000)

Emirates award charts are pretty high and you need a lot of miles in order to redeem for a nice redemption opportunity. If you have a lot of Ultimate Rewards and definitely want to fly Emirates, then sure why not, but for card members with a modest points balance this might not be the right way.

Conclusion

I would only consider transferring to Emirates miles as the last resort, meaning if it allows me to redeem for an award I need and there are no other short term means of topping off my already existing balance. Definitely not a large amount under any circumstances.

I’d also check for cash revenue fares from Emirates or other travel partners, especially when you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. In that case you can redeem for 1.5 cent per mile directly through the Chase Travel portal. While that might not sound high at least it’s the most flexible option to redeem.

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