One of the most frequently asked questions from our viewers is, “How do you use the Chase Travel Portal?” In this post, we’ll walk through our strategy to book the best deal.
How to find the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal and transfer points
- Log into your Chase.com account
- Find the left-hand column with a list of your account
- Scroll down to the bottom of the column and find the box with your total number of Ultimate Rewards points
- Click on the box and select the card you want to book travel with
If you want to transfer all of your Ultimate Rewards points to one account, click on the button where the “red” box in the above picture is and select transfer points.
We recommend transferring points to the Chase Sapphire Reserve, if you have the card, for optimal redemption value.
Google Flights vs. Chase Travel Portal
Now that you know how to find the Chase Travel Portal, we need to compare the prices to Google Flights to see which method is a better deal.
Use Google Flights to find the dates with the best deals because different dates can save you hundreds of dollars. Another way to save money is if your work is flexible, start the weekend on a Thursday instead of Friday.
In the example below, we searched for a flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas.
The cheaper departure dates are highlighted in green.
The cheapest airfare is $83. Let’s compare this to the Chase portal:
The flights are around ~7,500 points (the Google Flights price is $83).
$83/7500 = 1.1 CPP
This assumes you’re using the Chase Sapphire Reserve, where you ought to be getting 1.5 CPP.
You may have noticed there was a JetBlue flight at ~6,800 points.
$83/6,800 = 1.22 CPP.
Some people aren’t a fan of the travel portal because the rates are different compared to cheaper fares you can find elsewhere. The goal is to redeem points at 1.5 CPP.
It’s important to do the research and see which days are optimal for departure dates. A few minutes of research can save you a few hundred dollars.
In the example below, we searched for a date in July to visit L.A. The best price is Virgin America or American Airlines at $141, followed by Delta and United at $143.
When we search for the same dates and flights in the Chase Travel Portal, the following comes up:
The Delta flight is ~9,500 points for a flight (where the public price is $141)
$141/9,500 = 1.48 CPP = ~1.5 CPP
This assumes you’re using the Chase Sapphire Reserve, where you ought to be getting 1.5 CPP. In this case, it makes sense to book the trip using points.
What about transfer partners? For domestic flights, it’s not worth it unless you’re booking a last minute flight.
If you’re getting more than 1.5 cpp, it might make sense to use points. You also need to check if there’s availability for award travel at the saver rate. Normal rates don’t make sense because they’re usually 30,000 points per way when you fly United. We’ll cover international flights in a future post.
Example: San Francisco to Vegas Roundtrip
Transfer partners = 20,000 UR points
Booking it on the travel portal = 7,500 UR points
Transfer partners do NOT make sense in this situation! (assuming you’re using the Chase Sapphire Reserve).