5 Favorite Uses of 60K Ultimate Reward Points

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It is not that common that the sign-up bonus for Ultimate Rewards earning cards goes up, however right now we are seeing limited time increased sign-up bonuses from both the Ink Plus and the Ink Bold (and the Ink Cash® Business Credit Card, though that has a different sign-up bonus than the Bold or Plus).  They are up from the usual 50,000 points to 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months.

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This is one of those times that the sign-up bonus is pretty substantial as there is a lot you can do with 60,000 points, and I wanted to highlight five of my current favorite uses to help get your own travel brainstorming going!

Four Nights at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort:

Recently the new Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort dropped to a Category 4 Hyatt hotel which means that you can get nights there for 15,000 points per night.  The 60,000 Ultimate Reward point bonus can transfer 1:1 to Hyatt and give you four “free” nights at this Costa Rican resort that has both beaches and mountains.  This resort is very much on my short list thanks to great points value, beach, pools, and mountains all in one!

Andaz Room Costa Rica

Short Flights on US Airways or American Airlines:

British Airways award chart is distance-based and that means that short flights on OneWorld partners US Airways or American Airlines only 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 to British Airways 1:1 from Ultimate Rewards and take advantage of these flight mileage prices that are often much lower than via other methods!


Heading over Miami on American Airlines via Avios!

How far you can go and how many tickets you can get for 60,000 points will obviously depend on your home airport, but as an example you could get a family of four 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).

Four Nights at Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City:

This mountainside ski resort is another Category 4 Hyatt hotel that is just 15,000 points per night, meaning that you would have enough points for four award nights here, even during peak ski season by transferring your Ultimate Reward points to Hyatt!  A bonus with Hyatt Gold Passport is that you don’t have to pay resort fees or taxes when staying on points, so not only are you exempt from the room rate, but you won’t have to pay the regular $20 per night resort fee either.  Four night ski vacation lodging taken care of with one credit card sign-up bonus – yes, please!

Hyatt Escala Lodge

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 less than 60,000 points…to be exact, 57,500 points if you are on 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 sign-up bonus isn’t too shabby!


United BusinessFirst on the 787

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.  Just this week we are booking a visit for later this year to my husband’s parents house in Kansas.  The flight prices are close to $400 each, but are just 20,000 United miles since the flight is less than 700 miles each way.  This means that all three of us can fly to visit family for 20,000 points each, or 60,000 points total.  Getting all of us to visit family for the holidays for 60k points ranks pretty high on my list.


20k points each to get a hug from Grandma!

I don’t know the end date for these sign-up bonuses, but I do know they are for a “limited time”.  I also can tell you that both my husband and my dad got approved for the Ink Plus a month or so ago, and it was their first small business card, respectively.  If you do anything on the side for money, then this may be the time to get a credit card to keep those expenses organized and earn a really fantastic sign-up bonus in the meantime!

How would you use 60,000 Ultimate Reward points?

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  1. I didn’t realize that United awards were distance based. You mention the 700 miles price point. I’m so used to non distance based awards that I didn’t even know they existed. Being unfamiliar with UA awards, can you suggest any particularly valuable uses?

  2. MisterChristian, most United awards are not distance based, but they do have a reduced award of 20k RT (instead of normal 25k RT) for awards in US/Canada that are 700 miles or less each way and operated by United or United Express.

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