Well this is pretty exciting news – Chase has just added FlyingBlue, the award program of Air France and KLM, as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner!
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Chase has just announced that they are adding the FlyingBlue program to their list of Ultimate Rewards airline transfer partners!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the program, FlyingBlue is the shared loyalty program for Air France and KLM and does offer some sweet spots like redemptions to Hawaii. One nice thing about the FlyingBlue program is that they announce Promo Awards every month, which are discounted award tickets between certain international city pairs. Even better, their promo awards almost always include discounts on premium cabin tickets! For example, right now FlyingBlue is offering a promo award on flights between Boston and Europe in business class for 46,875 miles one-way, or 93,750 roundtrip.
While that may not be the best redemption rate around, it is still pretty good value when you consider that all four of your major transferable currencies (Chase URs, Amex MRs, Citi TYPs and SPG Starpoints) now transfer to FlyingBlue.
I have been eyeing a redemption to check out Air France’s new reverse herringbone business class product, which looks fantastic.
Since I just cleared the signup bonus for the Chase Ink (remember to ask them to match you to the 70k offer!) and already have a good amount of TYPs and MRs sitting in my accounts, I think it is time to take a more serious look at making that redemption (and review) happen!
For those of you wondering, transfers from Chase UR accounts to airline transfer partners usually occur instantly, which is one thing I love about Chase URs.
As always, make sure you have searched for space and confirmed its availability with the airline before transferring your hard earned points!
The one potential downside I see to the addition of Chase UR as a transfer partner is that it may make award space more difficult to come by. The Chase UR program is wildly popular and they only offer a limited number of airline transfer partners. That means that the competition for saver level award tickets on the most popular routes could (and very likely will) become more difficult to come by.
The flip side of the coin, however, is that the addition of Chase UR as a transfer partner will make premium cabin awards more attainable for a lot of people. Despite my tendency to gravitate towards premium cabin redemptions, I truly believe that everyone should experience a quality international business or first class cabin at least once in their life.
Although I generally think there other SkyTeam partner programs that offer better value, I am very happy and excited to see the addition of another transfer partner to the limited Chase airline transfer partners. Considering that FlyingBlue is already a transfer partner for American Express Membership Rewards points and Citi ThankYou Points, this addition by Chase really makes the FlyingBlue program desirable to those who have points in all three programs. While I ultimately think this will lead to redemptions being more difficult to find via FlyingBlue, having one more avenue to accrue FlyingBlue miles is never a bad thing in my book.
Will you be taking advantage of this new UR transfer partner?
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