Chase is offering a first ever transfer bonus of it’s Chase Ultimate Rewards to one of it’s travel partners. It’s a 30% transfer bonus. Now, before I tell you which one, just bear with me. You’re going to read it and think it doesn’t apply to you but it probably will. The travel partner is British Airways. And, it’s actually one of our favorite transfer partners for Disney vacations.
Why This is Amazing!
There are few key reasons why this is a fantastic deal.
- American Airlines & Alaska Airlines – both are partners of British Airways, so you can use your BA points to fly on both of these airlines.
- Fantastic Award Chart for Short Flights – BA’s award chart is distance-based per leg of your flight. So, when you take short, direct flights, you pay very few points.
- 30% Transfer Bonus – The 30% bonus on your transferred points makes an already great award chart even better.
|Flight Distance (miles)||Number of Points (Economy Seat)|
|1 to 1,150||7,500 Avios|
|1,151 to 2,000||10,000 Avios|
|2,001 to 3,000||12,500 Avios|
*** The chart above does not include the transfer bonus.
How We Recently Used British Airways for a Disney Vacation
We recently wrote about our upcoming trip over New Year’s to Disney World. Flights that time of year can be super expensive, both on points and/or cash. We were able to book flights from Dallas to Orlando for only 7,500 British Airways Avios per one-way ticket. We’re flying on an American Airlines flight that would have otherwise cost a couple hundred dollars each way.
Why This is NOT Amazing
The biggest problem with British Airways is finding available flights to book on points. They list all of their American Airlines flight options on their website, but you have to call to get Alaska Airlines flights. In both cases, they don’t publish a ton of award space. This can make finding a seat during a busy season a bit frustrating, or like winning the lottery when you’re lucky enough to get it.
You definitely want to make sure there are available flights before you transfer your points.
Using British Airways Avios is one of the strategies we feature on our Aulani page. We’ve created a step-by-step instructions on how to use them, which not only applies to Aulani, but can apply to WDW or DL as well.