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Just a couple of days ago the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program became a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards via the Chase cards listed below. This is a very awesome addition to the Ultimate Rewards “family”, even if you never step foot on a Singapore Airlines plane or travel anywhere remotely close to Singapore. You can use Singapore Airlines miles to book flights operated by their partners, like United, and take advantage of instances where the Singapore award chart might be more favorable than other relevant award charts.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card: 40,000 (+5,000 for Authorized User) Ultimate Reward points after spending $3,000 in the first three months
I often use the example of using the Singapore Airlines partner award chart to book my United operated flights to Hawaii, but that is just one example of several where the Singapore chart makes more sense.
I have had my American Express Membership Reward points transfer to Singapore within a few hours, so I wanted to test how quickly Ultimate Reward points transfer over. The transfer process with Ultimate Rewards is not instantaneous the way it is with partners like Hyatt or United. It is advertized to happen “within 2 business days”, but my hope is that it would typically happen much faster as we all know that award availability is dynamic and can change very quickly.
I did my first test transfer of 1,000 points on Thursday around 1PM Central and it had not yet posted to my Singapore account when I last checked around 7-8PM Central on Thursday, but it was there by the time I logged on around 7AM Central on Friday morning with a post date of Thursday. This meant it happened in well under 24 hours, but I can’t say for sure how much under about 18 hours it took since it must have happened while I was sleeping. I then made another 1,000 point transfer Friday morning around 10AM Central and I am still waiting for it to post on Saturday. The theory is that these are processed in bulk once per (business?) day. While I did get the initial email from Chase when I initiated the transfer, I did not get any further up notification when the miles actually posted with Singapore. I just had to manually check to see if they had been deposited.
It looks like View From the Wing has been conducting similar experiments and so far has similar results. I wish these transfers were instantaneous, but at least it looks like the transfer time is often well below the two business days advertized rate, at least during the work week. Will you/have you transferred Ultimate Reward points to Singapore?
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