- May 21, 2007
their portal is def hit or miss... my gf and I, made out well, for a flight to turks and caicosIt's not $1500 bonus - it is 100k rewards points. You can buy $1k in Amazon gift cards for that if you want. I do believe the $300 is bonus travel points I'm not really sure about that one to be honest, the 100k points alone is worth it to me though.
The best way to use the points for flights though is not through Chase Ultimate Rewards, it is to transfer them to United and find the "saver" United flights. The points go a lot further on United than they do directly through the rewards program. But if you don't want to fly United, then don't do that.
delta charges around around 60k + some fees (not much)
united 35k (if you find the saver flight) + some fees (not much)
UR portal was 29k + no fees
I didn't really look into that many more places for mileage cost vs what I was going to pay through the UR portal... 29k was an insane deal and we hopped on it. In general the UR portal is fairly open in terms of available flights while most rewards flights are slim pickings
with all that said... the transfer partners make a ton more sense if you are trying to fly business class international. my gf plan on saving up our remaining points for an epic Europe trip next year