Do You Know These Six Awesome Uses Of Ultimate Rewards?

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Chase currently has a very limited time offer on the Ink Plus® Business Credit Card, whereby you can get 70,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months. The card has a $95 annual fee, which isn’t waived for the first year. While the 50,000 point offer on the card usually has the annual fee waived the first year, it’s absolutely worth paying $95 for an additional 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points.

The Chase Ink Plus has great benefits in general, and also offers the ability to earn 5x points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent at office supply stores and on cable, internet, TV, and cell phones, along with 2x points per $1 on the first $50,000 at gas stations and hotel accommodations, and 1 point per $1 on everything else.

If you were to maximize the bonus categories, you’d theoretically have 95,000 Ultimate Rewards points to work with (and that’s not even counting any you might be earning with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Freedom®, or Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card).

So what are some of the amazing things you can do with 95,000 Ultimate Rewards points?

Take 21 Domestic Economy Flights

British Airways charges just 4,500 Avios for flights of 650 miles or less. These short flights are often disproportionately expensive when paying cash, particularly at the last minute. So redeeming Avios on these routes can save you a lot of money. Also keep in mind that British Airways doesn’t charge close-in ticketing fees on award tickets, so you can book them a day before departure and pay just the government taxes.


In North America British Airways partners with American, US Airways, and Alaska Airlines, so there are tons of routes to/from New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Charlotte, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle that fall under that 650 mile marker.

Spend Seven Nights With Points + Cash at The Park Hyatt Maldives

The Park Hyatt Maldives is a Category 6 Hyatt property, which is a bit of a sweet spot in their award chart. You can redeem 25,000 points for a free night (which is still a steal in the Maldives), or use 12,500 points + $150.


So you can redeem for three free nights outright, or use the Points + Cash option to extend your stay out to a full seven nights. Hotels in the Maldives are otherwise outrageously expensive, so this is quite a good value. For example, the Park Hyatt otherwise often goes for $1,200+ per night.


Upgrade to First Class on British Airways

This one takes a few more steps, but since oneworld has had such great business class fares lately, this is a no-brainer.

British Airways charges 25,000 miles to upgrade from Club World to first class from the West Coast, or 20,000 from the East Coast.


British Airways is also great at releasing unsold first class seats to award and upgrade inventory in the days prior to departure, so this is one of the few scenarios in which I’d recommend upgrading versus a straight award ticket.

Enjoy Six Free Nights In Southeast Asia

I love traveling to Asia, and there are some fantastic Hyatt properties that are an amazing value on points. The Park Hyatt Siem ReapPark Hyatt Saigon, and Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur are all Category 4 properties, so a free night is just 15,000 Gold Passport points.


These are all beautiful properties, and a bargain with your points!

Fly Business Class to Europe on Singapore Airlines

Singapore Suites has been getting all the attention this week, but Singapore Airlines also offers an incredible business class product. The seat is spacious, and the service is consistently polished. Factoring in the online discount, a business class award between the US and Europe is only 48,875 KrisFlyer miles one-way.


A round trip would be less than 98,000, and if you don’t have quite that many Ultimate Rewards points, keep in mind that American Express Membership Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and premier Citi ThankYou points also transfer to Singapore KrisFlyer.

Take First Class to South America on Korean Air

I recently took advantage of this myself, and can’t say enough good things about Korean Air. The meals were tasty and everything was beautifully presented, and service was as you’d expect from a top Asian carrier.


Korean Air flies between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, and this is hands-down the most comfortable way to get to South America.

Bottom line

There are so many fantastic uses of Ultimate Rewards points — these are just a few of my favorites.

The offer on the Chase Ink Plus is the best public sign-up bonus we’ve ever seen on what I’d hands down consider to be the best business credit card, so I’d absolutely take advantage of this if you haven’t already.

What about you? How are you planning to redeem your Ultimate Rewards points?

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  1. I’m heading to PH Vendome for 2d D-Day 6 night stay…..that is a great property in Paris with little more to wish for when you are there……..

  2. How strange, none of these really appeal except the SQ First class. The key price point on BA is the upgrade from cattle car (E+) to business class, not to F

  3. IMO Avios (+ cash) short haul last minute US domestic is by far currently the best value of those you mentioned. BTW I’ll never understand why most Americans want to stay in American hotels when go to a foreign country?? although I do appreciate the points value.

  4. Lucky – We plan to transfer all our points to United and use 110k miles each to fly first class from Europe-US. My question is, can I route from Europe-US via Asia? We want to fly CDG-NRT-ICN-IAD so we can experience ANA and Asiana first class, is this routing doable?

  5. @ JC — You can’t unfortunately. You can route from Asia to the US via Europe, but not from Europe to the US via Asia.

  6. Lucky…question. My wife and I have one Ink card each…hers with her business..mine with my business. Can we get 2 more…one for me under her business and one for her under my business? Businesses are different companies, tax ids, etc. Thanks!!!

  7. @ Marcos Gonzalez — Assuming you’re both authorized to get cards for those businesses (ie officers for the businesses) then yes, I believe so.

  8. I don’t think anyone is going to get Points + Cash at The Park Hyatt Maldives. Well, maybe if they are a blogger, they can. I am looking at you, Gary Leff 🙂

    As a Hyatt Diamond I’ve been trying to get Points + Cash and Hyatt Maldives for months. I’ve called the Diamond line, had a customer service manager reach out to The Park Hyatt Maldives, and they have no availability, not even for a single night, from now (or two weeks ago anyway) through September 2015. Not a single night.

    I emailed the hotel, and amoung other things, in their response they said ” the [cash + points] promotion is closed in the system” for their hotel. They are not making cash + points available.

  9. I dont get why people conplain about c/c posts. is the way that most bloggers makes a living. And if you dont like it..the last time that I check nobody is forced to read a blog. …so go…get a life…and stop complaining. ..

  10. I have a United MileagePlus Explorer Card in my name. I don’t want to be rejected because I am applying for another Chase card, albeit in my business name. Do you know whether this will be a problem?

  11. Who had this post first, you or Dansdeals? 😉 that being said, I don’t know why people are complaint, don’t like it don’t read it.

  12. @Mike – And some of us are getting sick of people complaining about credit card posts. If you don’t like it, stop reading.

  13. Ben- “If you were to maximize the bonus categories, you’d theoretically have 95,000 Ultimate Rewards points to work with.” How do you come up with 95,000 bonus pts?

  14. I *like* credit card posts. With the increasing difficulty of earning miles from actual flying, miles earned via credit cards get more and more important to the avid points collector/user.

  15. @Richard You have ONE card with Chase? I have 5 open at the moment, and several that have been closed over the last couple of years. You don’t have to worry about applying for one more.

  16. @ John — The sign-up bonus is 70,000 points, plus if you spend $5,000 in a 5x points category, that’s an extra 25,000 points.

  17. I LOVE credit card posts and I especially love when theory get posted twice in a short period of time because sometimes I am a slow learner and the repetition is educational and effective………If I don’t like the post the delete key is really difficult to hit……….

  18. LOVE these posts that list “top uses” for points, “best value business seats, “Best way to get X airline first class” etc.

    I am applying for Chase Ink Plus for the promotion, and I am getting absolutely GRILLED on the phone about my business. Operating expenses, profits going several years back, marketing strategy (!) Is this normal?

    I have stellar credit and several Chase CCs with high limits already including the Ink charge card.

  19. @Lucky : I have question, to quote your answer to JC previously above “@ JC — You can’t unfortunately. You can route from Asia to the US via Europe, but not from Europe to the US via Asia.”
    So can I do : NRT-ICN -CDG -SFO route? And to do this I have to use United miles, right? And by using United miles, I can redeem it on ANA and ASIANA on what route? Sorry for many questions as I am just started few months into this game I am not sure how to do this but I have a plan coming up to do this trip so it would be extremely helpful! so if you previously wrote a post on how to use United miles to book a “route from Asia to the US via Europe” , would you please kindly share the link here? Or write about it sometimes soon if you haven’t….thank you!

  20. @ Jessica — Aeroplan and United both let you route from the US to Asia via Europe, or vice versa. You can redeem that on any Star Alliance carrier, as the route can vary based on what has award availability.

  21. @ Lucky: thank you, and how to book and search for award seat? using United and Aeroplan website will do? and do I have to call and pay phone booking fee?

    So the route NRT(origin)-ICN(stopover) -CDG (stopover) -SFO (destination) will work, right? what is the rule of stopover and open jaws in this case?

    If you can point me to the link to any post or guide regarding this, I really appreciate it.

  22. @Lucky: Yes, roundtrip …..what is the best route that you would recommend if you were me? I am open to any ideas….I just want to cover Asia and Europe…I am so confuse and nervous since this is my first time ..thank you for helping me to make my first travel into realization…

  23. @ Jessica — On a roundtrip with United miles you’re allowed one stopover and one open jaw, while if using Aeroplan miles you’re allowed two stopovers (one in each direction) OR one stopover and one open jaw. So I’m afraid you could do a stopover in two cities in one direction. Which route you go with would depend on availability. I’d use the United website to search availability segment by segment for what you want, and then call in to book.

  24. @ Lucky: Thank you so much!!!! By the way have you ever write a post about this yet (maximize a stopover/openjaw for Asia-Europe travel) ?

  25. @Lucky : Question, why did you mention Aeroplan besides United? I haven’t heard Aeroplan being mentioned a lot as much as United, AA, Avios, or US Air. Can you please let me know what is the perks of Aeroplan and how much valuable is their mile compare with United, AA, US Air?
    Also how to search Star Alliance partner award availability while using Aeroplan miles?
    Can you please share a useful post/guide on Aeroplan miles?

    Thanks a lot!

  26. @Lucky: I know you are busy so I really appreciate always grateful for your help…really thank you for your kindness! 🙂
    And just want to say that the link that you gave me for your post on booking business class 90k miles on US Air for US-Europe-Asia-Europe-US is SUPER AWESOME! I really love that “ultimate guide” post as it’s easy to understand for me and for many people too! Hope that you could make more of that kind of posts again.
    I know I already asked some question regarding Aeroplan on the previous comment above that I’m still waiting for the answer, but I hope you don’t mind I ask few question again here after reading your post on US Air 90k business class.

    1. As US Air now is in OneWorld and no longer part of Star Alliance, do I still be able to follow your guide and do US-Europe-Asia-Europe-US route with US Air DM 90k miles in business with OneWorld alliance partner?
    As US Air now in process of merging with AA, will this generous routing rules disappear? If so, when? And what other alternative FF programs that has generous routing rules like US Air?

    2. In case if I am using United and Aeroplan miles, can I still use the method you mentioned in that post to find and book the award availability for US-Europe-Asia- US route with StarAlliance partner (by using ANA website award search tool to search for availability segment by segment and piece them up together) ?

    Thank you very much!

  27. @Lucky: just wondering if you got my questions on the previous 2 comments that I posted previously above. I was keep checking and refreshing this page hoping for answer. Thank you!

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