Reader l.C asks,
I need to fly 3 people to Alaska using those Chase points. What is the best and most efficient way to do this. I have Alaska, but not Korean airlines, account.
Certainly Alaska Airlines has the most flights. And Korean’s award chart for travel on Alasks is very reasonable.
To say whether or not Alaska is best option I’d need to know this readers starting city and of course travel dates to know if award space is available.
Unfortunately Korean Airlines is offline as a Chase transfer partner (though should come back, although I do not know exactly when) which means to ticket right away the partner to use would be British Airways which charges for awards based on distance and charges separately for each flight segment.
You need to find seats with the lowest level of award space on Alaska in order to use a partner’s points. The simple way to be extra sure that the search for awards is returning only eligible seats would be to use the American Airlines website. American is also a partner of Alaska, and shows eligible award space on its website.
Then you’d call British Airways and ask for the specific flights found. Alaska award flights do not appear on the British Airways website. Points transfer from Chase to British Airways instantly. So the simple and safe way to set this up is to call BA, have them find the space and create the reservation, and then when everything is good to go head over to the Chase website and make the points transfer in real-time. The agent should be able to then see the points in your account and issue tickets.
If you have American Express points, it may be better to use Amex points right now for Alaska flights.
- There’s a 40% bonus for transferring points to British Airways right now.
- Depending on where you’re starting from, e.g. if you need connecting flights, it could be cheaper to use a different partner — and Amex points transfer to Alaska partners including Delta Airlines and Air France KLM Flying Blue.
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