What to do with 65K Ultimate Rewards?

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Old Aug 30, 17, 3:35 pm
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What to do with 65K Ultimate Rewards?

Semi-newbie here (experienced at gathering points, but not in spending them).

I have 65000 Ultimate Rewards points with Chase. I am about to close my account and need to transfer them before I do so.

What's the best airline partner for: low/no transfer fees, good award availability/cost, and available business or first class award tickets?
I travel to Asia and Europe at least 1-2 times a year, so I'm probably most interested in long-haul flights from SFO to either Eu/Asia.

I've seen that Krisflyer can be good to Asia, but not sure about the business/first award availability. I like saver awards, obviously. :P

Please feel free to make suggestions, and thank you!
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Old Aug 30, 17, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by elleasinelle View Post
Semi-newbie here (experienced at gathering points, but not in spending them).

I have 65000 Ultimate Rewards points with Chase. I am about to close my account and need to transfer them before I do so.

What's the best airline partner for: low/no transfer fees, good award availability/cost, and available business or first class award tickets?
I travel to Asia and Europe at least 1-2 times a year, so I'm probably most interested in long-haul flights from SFO to either Eu/Asia.

I've seen that Krisflyer can be good to Asia, but not sure about the business/first award availability. I like saver awards, obviously. :P

Please feel free to make suggestions, and thank you!
Korean Air usually has very good business/first availability. From my experience, it requires fewer points than Singapore Air.

I flew CNX-ICN-LAX on Korean Air in J class for 75K points in July (one way). ICN-LAX would have been 62,500 in J. (Singapore cost me 88K points in J for BKK-LAX.)

Last edited by Diplomatico; Aug 30, 17 at 7:55 pm Reason: Edit to clarify the ticket on KE was one way.
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Old Aug 30, 17, 7:32 pm
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I will second the vote for Korean. Excellent service and the newer hard product out of SFO now. Also lower mileage rates compared to SQ. Plus the miles don't expire for 10 years with KE vs 3 years with SQ.
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Old Aug 30, 17, 7:53 pm
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I will second the vote for Korean. Excellent service and the newer hard product out of SFO now. Also lower mileage rates compared to SQ. Plus the miles don't expire for 10 years with KE vs 3 years with SQ.
Yes, those J seats where every seat has access to the aisle are very convenient with a bit more privacy, IMO.
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Old Aug 31, 17, 2:14 am
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Remember that the points are only valuable if you have enough for the award you want to redeem. You don't want orphan points in an account without enough for a redemption and no way to replenish. So when you look at programs, think in terms of what you'd redeem for and what other sources you have for accumulating into that program if you need to. That could mean that something pedestrian like UA or Hyatt is a better bet than a program that's harder to top off (Korean) or has a restrictive expiration policy (Krisflyer).

Personally, I find plenty of value in paying the annual fee to keep at least one premium UR card so that I don't have to transfer until I know where I need points. YMMV, obviously.
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