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The other day I got an interesting email from a Mommy Points reader that pointed out some small language in the Chase Freedom® Ultimate Rewards Rules and Regulations. You know, riveting nighttime reading material. This email pointed out an airfare redemption that I either wasn’t aware of, or had totally forgotten about.
Normally I recommend using your Ultimate Reward points earned via the Chase Freedom by transferring them 1:1 to Ultimate Reward partners like United, Hyatt, British Airways, etc. However, you have to also have the Ink Plus® Business Card, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, or Ink Bold® Business Card in order to redeem the Ultimate Reward points earned via the Freedom in that manner.
If you don’t also have one of those cards, then you were relegated to using the Ultimate Reward points earned via the Chase Freedom at a one cent = one point value via gift card redemptions, cash back, or to pay for travel via their website. However, there is a way to redeem these points earned by the Freedom for airfare at up to 1.34 cents each!
You can redeem 25,000 Ultimate Reward points from the Freedom for round trip airfare that costs up to $335 by calling 1-866-951-6592. If the ticket costs more than $335 then you can pay for the extra amount on a Chase card that earns Ultimate Reward points.
Here is the wording from the terms and conditions:
“…credit card customers may redeem 25,000 points for one round-trip scheduled airline ticket valued at up to $335 through our toll-free number, where permitted by law. Redemptions for this specific item have the service fee waived.
If you book a ticket with a value greater than $335, the additional amount over $335 must be paid for using either a Chase card with Ultimate Rewards and/or additional points.”
I called the toll free number listed above and confirmed that this award is still available, and was told the only restriction is that it is for round trip travel and booked at least 24 hours in advance. I presume it will be booked using the same system that you can use to book flights on the Ultimate Rewards website, though it must be done over the phone. You will earn elite qualifying and redeemable miles with the airlines on these tickets, so in some ways you will be getting more than 1.34 cents in value per point.
I have never redeemed my Ultimate Reward points in this manner, so I can’t speak from personal experience beyond my call into the booking number, but this seems like a useful tool to file away in case it can help you in the future. Certainly those who only have the Freedom card should absolutely consider redeeming their points in this manner as it is the best deal I am aware of if you don’t also have one of the Ultimate Reward cards that allows transfers to hotel and airline partners.
I’d love to hear if you have ever redeemed this award and how the process went!
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