Chase adds transfer bonus to British Airways

Chase has added a 30-percent bonus for point transfers to British Airways through mid-June. This is the first time Chase has ever offered a transfer bonus to one of its travel partners.

It’s a great development for those who have the Chase Trifecta and love the flexibility of transferable points. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come as Chase tries to add more value to its Ultimate Reward earning members. The offer expires on June 16 at 11:59 pm EST.

Chase adds transfer bonus to British Airways through mid-June.

According to the language on the Chase website, it looks like you will only see your bonus miles once you’ve transferred them to your British Airways Executive Club account.

American Express has long awarded periodic bonuses to transfer partners. Recently, American Express had a 40 percent transfer offer to British Airways.

The Analysis

Chase adding a transfer bonus to British Airways obviously isn’t a bad thing. It never hurts to earn bonus miles. If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve card, using British Avios both domestically and internationally is a great way to redeem points for flights.

You can use British Airways Avios to fly on American Airlines for a bargain inside the United States. Because British Airways has a distance-based award chart, flights that are up to 1,151 miles can be redeemed for just 7,500 miles each way in economy.

From several west coast cities, just 12,500 Avios will get you to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines.

If flying across the Atlantic Ocean is more of your thing, one-way flights between New York and Dublin start at just 13,000 miles! Intra-Europe flights on British Airways start at just 4,500 points.

All of those points totals are BEFORE the bonus you would get, so you need even less Chase points for these redemptions.

Final Thoughts

I’ve taken advantage transfer bonuses before with my American Express card. For just 18,000 points, I used Virgin Atlantic miles to fly across the country in first class on Delta around the holidays.

If you’re planning any travel, price it out using British Airways Avios to see if it might be worth taking advantage of the 30% transfer bonus.

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