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Chase Ultimate Rewards adding Flying Blue is great news for a lot of people. I’ll run down some of the benefits and highlight some of the best redemptions for Flying Blue.
First, it’s good because it shows progress that Chase is adding members. I think a lot of people right now are of the mindset that most changes to reward programs are going to be negative, so it’s good to see a positive change with the list of transfer partners growing.
Here’s a new complete list of airline partners for Chase Ultimate Rewards.
- British Airways Executive Club
- Flying Blue
- Korean Air SKYPASS
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
- United MileagePlus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Flying Blue is now easier than ever to accumulate points
You can accumulate Flying Blue miles from the following reward programs:
- American Express Membership Rewards
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- Starwood Preferred Guests
- Citi Thankyou Points
That means you have tons of possibilities for earning miles from sign-up bonuses now!
There’s a new Sky Team alliance partner
Before the addition, in order to book Sky Team partners, such as Delta, you’d have to go through Korean Air SKYPASS. Many people didn’t like doing this because there are no one-way redemptions available and SKYPASS requires you to jump through a lot of hoops to complete bookings and places restrictions on who you can redeem award tickets for (limits to family members, etc.).
However, now you can use Flying Blue to book Delta awards — if you live near a Delta hub, this is really good news for you!
Best use of Flying Blue miles
Flying Blue offers some pretty solid redemptions including:
- North America to Israel and North Africa for 50,000 in economy
- North America to Europe for 50,000 in economy
- North America to Mexico, Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Bonaire, etc.) and the U.S. Virgin Islands for 25,000 in economy
- North America to the Caribbean for 30,000 in economy
- North America to (north) South America for 35,000
- North America to Hawaii for 30,000 in economy
If you fly Flying Blue metal (KLM, Air France, etc.) the fees can be a little high and really cut into your savings, but if you’re able to book Delta with Flying Blue the fees can be as low as $5!
If you want to find out more about Flying Blue, see my guide to Flying Blue awards for more.
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Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and creator of the digital smart wallet, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned full-time credit card rewards/travel expert and has earned and redeemed millions of miles to travel the globe. His content has been featured in major publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, US News, and Business Insider. Find his full bio here.