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Finally, Chase Adds Aeroplan As A Transfer Partner. Although we knew this development was in the pipeline it took its time. the development is welcome news and finally sees Chase step up its game with eh addition of a new partner. The new partnership will see Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Aeroplan at a ratio of 1:1 with a minimum transfer ratio of 1,000 points. We expect transfer speeds to be instantaneous, although, with a new relationship, there are still not enough data points around to give a good indication of how fast transfers will be.
This development is great news and adds even more value to Ultimate Rewards points Earned for spending on your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and other points earning cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card.
Read More: Chase Sapphire Preferred Review + Perks
Chase Airline Partners
The addition of a new partner is to Chase Ultimate Rewards is long overdue, and it has been a long time since any new partners were added. With the Addition of Aeroplan, the total number of airline programs you can transfer Chase points to is 14, including:
- Aer Lingus AerClub
- Air Canada Aeroplan
- British Airways Executive Club
- Emirates Skywards
- Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)
- Iberia Plus
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®
- United MileagePlus®
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- IHG® Rewards Club
- Marriott Bonvoy
- World of Hyatt
Chase Adds Aeroplan Improves Ultimate Rewards Points
A very quick glance at the Aeroplan award chart shows that there is some excellent value to be had, especially when booking partner awards. Firstly, Aeroplan splits the world up into four zones:
- North America
- South America
In addition to pricing the travel within and between zones, Aeroplan also has a distance-based element to their award pricing to take into account the sheer size of the zones. Take the Atlantic zone, which includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East and stretches as far as China and India.
Browsing the award chart, you can find pockets of outstanding value. Short hops within North America (under 500 miles) are great value for 6,000 miles one-way plus taxes and fees.
Another excellent option and one of the best experiences in travel is flying Lufthansa first class between Frankfurt and JFK. Ensure you fly this way to get the full experience of the first-class terminal (yes! terminal, not lounge) in Frankfurt.
Flights from Frankfurt to JFK will set you back 90,000 miles oneway plus taxes and fees in first class. While that is a ton of points, it still is a great deal for an extraordinary travel experience.
If you are looking to fly to Asia, there is some incredible value if you are willing to do some research. Multiple routes from the west coast of the US and Canada (Seattle and Vancouver, for instance) to Tokyo squeeze in under the 5,000-mile mark.
This means you can fly these routes in business class for 55,000 miles one-way plus taxes and fees. That is incredible value frow what is a long transpacific flight in a premium cabin.
Anything that adds value to our points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points gets the thumbs up from us. The addition of Aeroplan opens up some great options for Chase Aficionados and adds value to a whole host of Chase credit cards. Including the Chase Freedom Flex, which is one of our favorite beginner credit cards. And means with a little planning, you can redeem cash back earned from shopping for flights with 11 loyalty programs!
For Aeroplan, the addition of Chase as a partner moves it into another league. now you can transfer every major point currency (Amex, CHASE, Citi, and Marriott) to Aeroplan, which makes it an ideal program to pool points from different programs when you need redemption but your balances are too low in individual programs.