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Combine Delta eCredit with Chase UR points?

Combine Delta eCredit with Chase UR points?

Old Mar 16, 19, 8:20 pm
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Combine Delta eCredit with Chase UR points?

Hey all,

I've been doing lots of research but can't seem to figure out my next best move here. I have ~$1800 in Delta credit to use up this year. I'd like to use them on a special trip abroad. It's a big occasion (and a long flight) so I was hoping to use the credit AND figure out a way to upgrade to business class using Chase Ultimate Rewards points (~200k). I hatched this idea before I learned Korean Air was no longer a UR partner...

I've been researching this for hours, and it seems I pretty much have to choose 1 or the other: using the Delta credit OR booking via the Chase portal to try and get business class (though I only have enough points to partially cover it).

Does anybody have any other ideas I can look into? Strongly considering paying an awards booking service to help me navigate this trip :P
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Old Mar 16, 19, 9:39 pm
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I can't remember if you can do this with Chase, but if you were to purchase the ticket, minus whatever the Delta credit using your Chase credit card, you can redeem UR points at 1 cent per point in the form of a statement credit, similar to Capital One's purchase eraser. This may not be the best value but at least you'll be able to use the credit and your points.
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Old Mar 17, 19, 1:26 pm
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Don't believe you can do both in the same transaction. Redeeming UR at 1cpp is an option, but far from optimal.

See if you can split your r/t fare into two o/ws, then look into booking DL using Air France/KLM Flying Blue or Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, which are UR transfer partners. Book with points one way, then eCredit the other way.
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Old Mar 17, 19, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by tearex View Post
Don't believe you can do both in the same transaction. Redeeming UR at 1cpp is an option, but far from optimal.

See if you can split your r/t fare into two o/ws, then look into booking DL using Air France/KLM Flying Blue or Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, which are UR transfer partners. Book with points one way, then eCredit the other way.
You CAN book the flight on Delta, apply your eCredit and pay the rest with your credit card and redeem the points for a STATEMENT credit. This implies that you do this after you pay for it on Delta.com.
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Old Mar 17, 19, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by tearex View Post
Don't believe you can do both in the same transaction. Redeeming UR at 1cpp is an option, but far from optimal.

See if you can split your r/t fare into two o/ws, then look into booking DL using Air France/KLM Flying Blue or Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, which are UR transfer partners. Book with points one way, then eCredit the other way.
Splitting a roundtrip in two one-way's is going to be very costly in general for an international flights as most of the cheaper fares have a roundtrip booking requirement. You might be able to get a cheap points one-way booking, but the eCredit will have to be used on a cash fare and that will most likely not be cheap when booked as a one-way.
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Old Mar 17, 19, 8:24 pm
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Thanks for the input, everybody!

If I split the round trip, the credit's enough to cover one way on Delta for the two of us + I found a route I could book via United's awards portal on Air China. It'd be an easy points transfer from Chase to United, and I do have enough to get us business class that way.... But yeah, totally right LBJ - even though it's minimal out of pocket, it is a VERY expensive itinerary overall that 100% makes me feel a bit like a chump for taking it, especially knowing I could probably make the credit+points go a lot further.

Appreciate every one of these responses! I think I'll just use up the eCredit (since that has an impending expiry date), maybe pay to upgrade to Comfort+ and put all our lodging on points instead.
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Old Mar 17, 19, 9:39 pm
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You could also consider transferring to Virgin Atlantic and going on ANA if your travel takes you to Japan. Apparently that's a really good redemption to be had....
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