It’s January 25, and Chase has brought back the option to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air! Back in September I showed how you can fly to Hawaii round trip for 25,000 points in Coach, or 45,000 in Business class on Delta using Korean Air miles.
Chase took Korean Air away as a transfer partner in December because of negotiations. It looks like the paperwork has gone through and Chase and Korean Air are back together again 😀
How to fly to Hawaii on 25,000 miles round trip
You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Korean Air and then book your flight on Delta. Before your transfer your points to Korean Air, call them first at 1-800-438-5000 to make sure there is award space available on Delta for the dates you need! Once you transfer your points, you will not be able to transfer them back to your Chase Ultimate Rewards account.
How to earn earn an easy 45,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points
The easiest way to earn miles and points is through credit card signup offers. Chase is currently offering 45,000 points after $4,000 in spending and adding on an authorized user.
The spending requirement used to be $3,000, but Chase has now increased the spending requirement another $1,000. Don’t sweat it though! You can easily do a little bit of manufactured spending (or all MS, if you want) to complete the spending requirement within 3 months.
I do want to forewarn you that Chase seems to be cracking down on customers who manufacture spend. If you are a heavy MS’er you might not be able to open future Chase accounts or Chase could close your account and take away all your points. More on FlyerTalk about Chase closing accounts.
My partner and I only MS on Chase cards to meet the spending requirement. Other than that, I think there are better cards to manufacture spend on since the Sapphire Preferred only earns 1x point on general purchases. I like to manufacture spend on credit cards that offer additional points for spending money in certain categories like grocery.
Maximize your points
The best way to maximize your points would be to earn enough Chase Ultimate Rewards points so you could book 2 Coach tickets to Hawaii. Depending on when you plan on visiting Hawaii, your 50,000 miles could easily be worth $2,000+.
Looking on the Matrix Airfare Search website, a Delta ticket from MSP to HNL in March goes over a little over $1,000 in Coach! If Korean Air has award availability on Delta, then you’re looking at spending only $0.04 cents per mile. A great redemption rate for using miles!
Since you’ll need 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book 2 Coach tickets and the signup offer only comes with 45,000 points, I would put all your spending on your Chase card to collect those last 5,000 points. If you need the points sooner, then of course mix in some manufactured spending on your Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
I have yet to call Korean Air to see what the availability is like on Delta. Since I’ll be looking at award seats next month for January 2016, I would love to read what others are experiencing. Please let me know in the comments below if you’ve looked into using your Chase UR points to book a flight to Hawaii via Korean Air on Delta!