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Chase Ultimate Rewards has added a new mileage transfer partner for their premium credit cards: Air France KLM’s Flying Blue. This means we can now transfer points from all the major transferrable currencies in the US to the Flying Blue program, making it exceptionally easy to earn their points. And there are some unique values the program offers.
Earning With Chase Sapphire Preferred
My single favorite card for earning valuable rewards points currently has its best-ever public offer of 50,000 points as a signup bonus after $4000 spend within the first three months of cardmembership. And it comes with an additional 5000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user to your account and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
There was a brief targeted test of 50,000 points with a higher annual fee two years ago. For the most part we haven’t seen an offer like this for the card since March 2012. (And that was without the 5000 extra points.)
I’ve been a fan of the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card as an important tool for frequent flyers since 2011 because:
- It earns one of the most valuable points currencies, which transfer to a variety of airlines (including in all 3 major airline alliances) and hotels.
- It earns points quickly, with double points on both travel and dining (what travelers tend to spend on most).
This is the best card to apply for especially if you haven’t gotten 5 or more new cards in the past 24 months.
These points transfer to United, Korean, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Southwest. And now one more airline as well. They also transfer to Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and IHG Rewards Club. Here are the 9 Best Uses of Chase Points.
Air France KLM is a New Chase Transfer Partner
If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or another premium Chase card you can transfer points to Air France KLM’s Flying Blue. (HT: Zohaib J.)
All of a sudden Flying Blue was added to the airline transfer options:
There are (3) main advantages of the Flying Blue program.
- Like Chase transfer partner Korean Air, Flying Blue points can be used for Skyteam awards but most Skyteam partners are bookable on the Flying Blue website.
- They run ‘promo awards‘ with deep discounts on regularly rotating cities (different cities in North America every two months where travel to anywhere in Europe and back will be discounted).
- There’s much better award availability for Air France for Flying Blue members than for members of partner programs. I can often find Air France business class awards even on tough to get routes using Flying Blue miles.
Aggregating Points from Multiple Accounts in One Place For Your Awards
Air France KLM Flying Blue is also a Citi ThankYou transfer partner so you can pair your points from Chase with your points from the Citi Prestige Card in the same Flying Blue account.
It’s also a Membership Rewards transfer partner, so you can transfer points from the fastest earning Membership Rewards cards — Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express to Flying Blue.
Like Singapore Airlines, Air France KLM is now a partner of all the major transferrable currencies. (Transfers to Singapore are exceptionally useful because using Singapore Airlines miles you get much better availability redeeming for Singapore business and first class flights than what’s offered to their partner airline members.)
What’s especially useful is you can now put all of your points earned quickly, such as from signup bonuses, in one place so that you can redeem for premium cabin awards quickly.
The Strongest Points-Earning Strategy
Chase has its new $0 annual fee Chase Freedom Unlimited Card. Pair that with Sapphire Preferred.
- Earn with Chase Freedom Unlimited Card at 1.5 points per dollar. (The information related to Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card has been collected by View from the Wing and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.)
- Transfer those points to your Sapphire Preferred Card.
- Your Sapphire Preferred then lets you transfer points to airline miles (United, Korean, British Airways, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, Southwest and now Air France KLM) or hotel points (Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, IHG Rewards Club).
You’re then earning a minimum of 1.5 points per dollar on all of your spend (you’ll still earn double points on travel and dining direct through Sapphire Preferred).
I value a Sapphire Preferred point at 1.9 cents. So 1.5 of those points would be worth 2.85 cents. That’s 90% more value than the 1.5 cents a point you’d get with Freedom Unlimited alone. And more value than you get with an unbonused point using Sapphire Preferred alone.
Key Link: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card