August 25th, 2016
If you are an expert with redeeming Credit Card Points, and a master at using Chase Ultimate Rewards and or British Airways Executive Club, you’ll want to skip this post, as it doesn’t reveal any groundbreaking information that you wouldn’t have already known.
Last week, my family and I were trying to figure out where we should go for a few days for a vacation. We didn’t want the trip to exotic, or for that matter to leave to continental U.S.
At the same time, we didn’t want to shuffle down to Philadelphia for a night, and, being the big Mets fans we are, we looked at the schedule to see where we could watch a few games. This roadtrip fell during the only acceptable time frame where we could leave, so we were left with three options, Arizona, Frisco or St.Louis.
Arizona and San Fransisco both involved a lot of travel time, too much for a two night stay, even if a lot of the transportation was free, and considering St.Louis was also in the Wild Card hunt, it seemed like the place to be.
Unfortunately, after pricing out flights through Google Flights, the best price I got was around $600 roundtrip (keep in mind this was 10 days in advance), so I had to get crafty if we were going to be rooting on the Mets in St Louis.
I had a lot of United MileagePlus Miles and some Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Redeeming United Miles was not going to be a smart choice this time, as the flight was only two hours, and United charges 25k roundtrip for any Saver award ticket within the United states, so the lowest award price would be the same if I’m traveling from NYC-Boston, or Miami-San Fransisco.
Using Chase points seemed like the best choice, but not through their Ultimate Rewards channel, I redeemed them by transferring them to a partner airline.
Chase allows for transfers at a one to one ratio with all of the above airlines, hotels, and other partners. The best option for me was transferring 15,000 points to British Airways Executive Club, and use their “Avios” points to redeem a round trip flight on American Airlines, a British Airways partner through the OneWorld Alliance.
With that set, we booked a hotel and went to St.Louis to see the Mets win one and lose one, something I will be documenting on MetsPlus360 tomorrow!