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Chase is live with its first new Ultimate Rewards points transfer partner since 2019. You can now transfer Chase points to Star Alliance member Air Canada Aeroplan, a really great addition.
This makes Chase Sapphire Reserve®, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card more valuable, along with no annual fee Chase cards that earn in various categories at al accelerated rate and whose points can be combined into the accounts of these three cards.
Now that Air Canada Aeroplan has been added, Chase’s transfer partners include:
- Star Alliance: United, Air Canada, Singapore
- oneworld: British Airways, Iberia
- SkyTeam: Air France KLM
- Non-alliance: Emirates; Aer Lingus, JetBlue, Southwest, Virgin Atlantic
- Hotels: Hyatt, IHG, Marriott
Air Canada Aeroplan has eliminated fuel surcharges on award tickets, and they’ve been adding partner airlines that can be combined with Star Alliance airlines (like United, Lufthansa, Turkish and others) in the same award itinerary.
Transferring to Aeroplan will, in many cases, be better than transfers to United for business class partner awards. For instance business class one-ways to Europe on airlines like Lufthansa or Swiss are 60,000 – 70,000 points, which is fewer points than United charges.
Plus Etihad is partners with Aeroplan. That’s the airline I’ve booked awards on the most for travel to India and to the Maldives, as well as Australia from the Mideast.
What’s more Aeroplan allows ‘family pooling’ so you can share points with other family members. That means Chase points from multiple people in the same family can go into each person’s own Aeroplan account and be used towards the same reward.
It’s also really useful for redeeming Air Canada award travel. For instance, when you book business class ‘flex’ and ‘latitude’ redemptions you get Signature Suite lounge access (Toronto and Vancouver). Generally a 10,000 to 12,000 point premium gets a business flex award and that comes not just with Signature Suite but also a $0 redeposit/change fee as well. These are the best business class lounges in North America in my opinion.
Air Canada Signature Suite Toronto
Right now the best offer for earning Chase points is from the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card whose initial bonus lets you earn 100,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s actually the best up front offer for any card right now, period.
Aeroplan already partners with American Express Membership Rewards, and are the easiest Amex partner to book Star Alliance awards with since transfers are instant and nearly all bookings can be made online. So points from Amex and Chase can both be pooled into the same Aeroplan account.