Ultimate Rewards Loses Transfer Partner, New Mileage Mall, and More!

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Here are your quick and to the point mileage updates for this Saturday morning….

Korean Airlines has been removed as a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner

Yesterday evening I saw a tweet from @JaredPerlin about his honeymoon being ruined because Chase had removed Korean Airlines as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.  The response from @ChaseSupport (who he also included on the tweet) was that “You can still use your points to get great deals through Ultimate Rewards or transfer to other partner programs”.   I’m not thinking that will meet the needs he likely had in mind for his big honeymoon trip. 

Since it’s the weekend, I likely can’t get any more of an official statement from Chase than is possible simply by calling the customer service line, who seems to be telling folks that the relationship with Korean has ended via a memo they received.  Some report transferring miles to Korean as late as yesterday morning, but the option is very much gone from the website now.  Sadly, this seems to be more than just a website glitch or update.  If Chase Ultimate Rewards has indeed eliminated a transfer partner with no notice, that is a very troubling development.  Things change, but cardholders need notice of big impending changes like that so that they can act accordingly.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

If this is indeed a permanent change, I would love to see at least a 30 day grace period where transfers can be manually processed over the phone via “exceptions” for people like Jared who have been saving their Chase Ultimate Reward points with this transfer partner in mind.

Get 1,000 Easy Miles via New Spirit Airlines Online Shopping Mall

Through December 31st you can get 1,000 bonus Spirit Airlines miles by making your first purchase via the new Free Spirit Online Mall.  While this likely won’t be the best airline shopping portal for most of us for obvious reasons, this now adds a very easy way to keep Spirit miles alive and active.

Free Spirit Online Mall

Hole in the Side of the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London

Via Miles for Blighty, there has been a gas explosion in the kitchen at the Hyatt Regency Churchill that led to an evacuation and injuries, mostly among the hotel’s employees.  The explosion left a whole in the side of the building, and you can read more about incident from BBC.  If you have a near-term reservation at this hotel, I would recommend following the updates closely.

Hope you all have a safe and good weekend…especially if you are starting your Thanksgiving travels!



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  1. The loss of Korean Air is devastating!!! There goes my trip to Hawaii for 6 @ only 45k RT in business per person!! I sure would have appreciated some notice from Chase on this! Even a weeks notice would have been great.

  2. I called Sapphire Preferred customer service 11/22 and was told this is a temporary problem with transferring points and not a permanent change. The CSR did not have a time frame when point transfer to KE would be back.

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