10 Great Ways to Use 75,000 Ultimate Reward Points for Family Travel

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The quickest and easiest way to get a huge pile of miles or points in hurry is to pounce on a huge (often limited time) credit card sign-up bonus. Unless you keep a close eye on this sort of thing, it can be hard to know when an offer really is increased and when it is just the regular offer. I’m here to tell you that the Ink Plus 70,000 point offer really is increased. As in, I’ve never seen it higher, and never before seen it this high available online.

Application Link: Ink Plus® Business Card 70,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months, $95 annual fee

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The regular offer is 50,000 points, and previously the highest available online offer was a limited time 60,000 point offer. Getting 70,000 very valuable Chase Ultimate Reward points from one sign-up bonus is very exciting as those points are worth a bare minimum of $875 when redeemed at a fixed value toward travel via the Ultimate Rewards website. If you transfer the points to Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline partners like United, Hyatt, British Airways, and more you can likely get much more value than that out of the 70,000 points.

To get your creative travel juices flowing, here are ten examples of great ways to use 75,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points via some of the Ultimate Rewards transfer partners.  75,000 points is the minimum you would have after hitting the $5,000 spending requirement to trigger the 70,000 sign-up bonus points.

Five Nights at the Andaz in Costa Rica, Grand Hyatt in the Bahamas, Hyatt Escala Lodge Ski-In Property, or any other Category 4 Hyatt:

There are several amazing Category 4 Hyatt properties that go for just 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points per night. Since 75,000 Ultimate Reward point bonus can transfer 1:1 to Hyatt, you can use this award chart sweet spot to your advantage and get up to five “free” nights at some of these very nice properties.

Andaz Room Costa Rica

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica is still pretty new and gives you access to pools, beaches, and mountains!

The soon-to-open Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is located in the Bahamas, and when it opens in 2015 it will feature six pools, a beautiful beach, spa, tennis, and very nearby casinos!

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

If skiing is your thing, then the Hyatt Escala Lodge in Utah is a tremendous ski season value at just 15,000 points per night. It is a ski in/out property located in Canyons Resort.  At all Hyatt properties, staying on Hyatt points will save you from having to pay the daily resort fees and taxes which can be substantial on cash reservations.

Hyatt Escala Lodge

Hyatt Escala Lodge

Up To 16 Short Flights on US Airways or American Airlines:

British Airways award chart is distance-based and that means that short flights on OneWorld partners like US Airways or American Airlines cost a relatively few number of points.  For example, flights up to 651 miles will run you 4,500 Avios (think Miami to Nassau) and flights up to 1,151 miles will cost you 7,500 points (think Charlotte – Grand Cayman).  You can transfer Ultimate Reward points to British Airways 1:1 and take advantage of this award chart sweet spot.

75,000 Ultimate Reward points transferred to British Airways could get you 16 flights at 4,500 miles each or 10 flights at 7,500 miles each! If you are traveling with a family and need lots of flights for lots of folks that relatively large number of flights can be hugely valuable.

How far you can go and how many tickets you can get for 75,000 points will obviously depend on your home airport, but as an example you could get a family of five from Charlotte to Grand Cayman and back for just 60,000 Ultimate Reward points+ taxes/fees (points transferred to British Airways to book on US-operated flights).

Two Round Trip Tickets to Hawaii on United:

A newer transfer partner for the Ultimate Rewards program is the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program.  Singapore is in the Star Alliance so you can use their program to fly on United Airlines.  The Singapore Airlines award chart is more favorable than United’s own for the exact same flights in some cases.  For example, United wants 45,000 miles round trip for flights from the mainland to Hawaii in economy.  However, via Singapore Airlines you can book the same flight for 35,000 miles.

Hawaii for less

Hawaii for less

This highlights the beauty of transferable points as you can pick and choose between the various award charts to transfer to the partner that will help you stretch your points as far as they can go.  If you wanted business class (domestic first in a two-cabin plane) to Hawaii, it will cost you 60,000 miles via the Singapore Airlines chart instead of 80,000 if you transferred to United for that particular award.

United Business Class Flight to Europe:

United premium cabin flights to Europe cost more than they used to, but you can still get a one-way award flight to Europe from North America for 57,500 points if you select a United operated flight.  United may not be the fanciest premium cabin in the sky, but I find it to be pretty decent for sleeping while heading across the pond.  Getting a one-way flight in lie-flat business class for less than one credit card sign-up bonus isn’t too shabby when that flight would sell for several thousand dollars!

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Three Tickets to Hawaii Round Trip on Delta:

This one is still just theoretical, but the new Korean Airlines Skyteam award chart put Hawaii in a grouping with the rest of the United States, so it prices at just 25,000 miles round trip on Skyteam partner Delta in economy.  I say it is just theoretical as I haven’t gotten the chance to try it yet myself, and Delta saver level availability to Hawaii is very limited to begin with.  This means that the availability that would work with Korean is also very limited.  However, if you can get saver availability on Delta operated flights then this might be an amazing value.  Business prices at just 45,000 miles round trip, if coach isn’t for you on that long of a flight.

Fly Singapore First Class or Two Round Trip Tickets in Coach:

If you transfer your Chase Ultimate Reward points to Singapore Airlines you can fly from Houston – Moscow in Singapore First Class for 57,375 miles + $247.50 in taxes/fees.  This includes the 15% online booking discount and would be a great way to get to Russia from my own neck of the woods.

If you are okay with an 11 hour + flight in coach, you can get two round trip tickets from Houston to Moscow on Singapore for 68,000 miles + $879 in taxes/fees.  Holy taxes and fees, Batman!

Alternatively, you can fly from JFK in New York to Frankfurt, Germany, for 57,375 miles + $239 in first class, 48,857 miles + $226 in business class, or 17,000 miles + $202 in economy.  Trying out the Singapore First Class Suites to fly to Europe for just 57,375 miles (that can be transferred in from Chase Ultimate Rewards) is on my own “travel bucket list” at some point.

Three Round Trip Tickets to Hawaii from the West Coast:

Again using the British Airways distance-based award chart to fly on partners US Airways, American, or Alaska Airlines, you can get to Hawaii and back from the West Coast and even Phoenix in economy for as low as 25,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points transferred to British Airways each.  With the 75,000 points from the sign-up bonus and spending requirement you can fly three people on a Hawaiian vacation from the West Coast!

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Domestic United flights:

It may not be fancy, but we still use United miles (transferred in from Ultimate Rewards) for domestic United flights when the selling price of the flight is pretty high.  We also use them quite a bit to fly my husband’s parents from Kansas to Texas for visits.  The flight prices are often close to $400 each on that route, but are just 20,000 United miles since the flight is less than 700 miles each way.

With 75,000 points you have enough to transfer the points to United and get three round trip saver tickets within the lower 48 (or Canada) for 25,000 miles each.  If the flights are under 700 miles you will almost have enough for four round trip tickets!

Use miles to visit family domestically

Use miles to visit family domestically

Redeem for Over $1000 in Southwest Flights:

Along the lines of domestic flight redemptions (plus some Caribbean destinations), you can use Chase Ultimate Reward points for transfers to Southwest Airlines where 75,000 points will get you more than $1,000 worth of “Wanna Get Away” fares!  There you won’t be subject to any blackout dates or seat availability issues, which is great for families traveling at peak travel periods.

Do note that transfers to Southwest from Ultimate Rewards do not count toward the Companion Pass though of course if you already have the Companion Pass you will get twice as far on $1,000 worth of points.

Take the Whole Family on Amtrak:

If your family prefers to explore the country by train, remember that Amtrak is also an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner that can deliver huge value for traveling families.  This story of a family using Ultimate Rewards by transferring to Amtrak and having their own bedroom plus bringing their car on the Auto Train was really inspiriting!  An entire bedroom starts at 25,000 points!

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Amtrak redemptions start at a couple thousand points each and go up from there based on zones, private bedrooms, bringing your car on-board and more!  We just had a really good Amtrak experience and I look forward to more train travel as a family.

Time Ticking on 70,000 Point Offer:

I don’t know the official end date for this Ink Plus® Business Card mega sign-up bonus, but the site that allows you to refer friends to the 70,000 point offer has a deadline of Friday, so I don’t think the public online link will be long-lived.  You can get more information about this increased offer in this post.

How would you use 75,000 Ultimate Reward points?

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Comments

  1. You can use this many points to pay for an entire European vacation for two:
    50,000 BA avios for two BOS – DUB
    25,000 IHG points for 5 nights at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin

  2. John, when there is an easier way for families to get lots of points in a hurry than a credit card you can bet I will write about it. Until then, this really is a great opportunity.
    Robert, absolutely…well, during PointBreaks! Awesome that the CP Dublin showed up on the 5k points per night list – you just never know!

  3. Can you transfer these points to Delta Skymiles. We are exploring making a trip to Northeast India in February. We each have a 50000 point start from the recent Delta signup bonus.

  4. I’m new at this, so I’m not sure who works with who, but is there a way to transfer Delta Skymiles to an airline that these Chase miles can be transferred to, like British Air or Singapore or Air France? Or will this card not help us on our trip?

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