You can transfer points from a Chase Sapphire, Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve credit card to one of Chase’s seven airline partners or simply book a flight on any major airline with points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards website. In other words, there are some official Chase Sapphire airline partners, but most any airline you’ll want to fly on qualifies unofficially.
Here are the official Chase Sapphire airline partners:
- British Airways (Executive Club)
- Air France/KLM (Flying Blue)
- Korean Air (SkyPass)
- Singapore Airlines (KrisFlyer)
- Southwest Airlines (Rapid Rewards)
- United (MileagePlus)
- Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
You can transfer your Chase Sapphire points to any of these airline loyalty programs at a 1:1 ratio. That means 1 Sapphire point for 1 partner mile/point. But you can only do so in 1,000-point increments.
Transferring your earnings to an official airline partner isn’t the only way to turn Chase Sapphire points into airfare, though.
Here are your other Chase Sapphire airline purchase options:
1. Redeem Points Through Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can book flights on pretty much any major airline directly through the Ultimate Rewards portal. This option also allows you to charge part of the flight to your card if you don't have enough points to cover the full fare.
2. Get Cash Back.You can redeem your Chase Sapphire points for a statement credit and use the savings to pay for your plane ticket, wherever you book it. Bear in mind that you need at least 2,000 points to redeem for cash, and your points would be worth 25% more if you redeemed them for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend this method.
Finally, the most obvious of your options doesn't really involve rewards. But it's nevertheless worth noting that all three Chase Sapphire cards can be used to purchase airfare directly from airlines, travel-comparison sites, etc. Besides, paying for a plane ticket could help you reach one of the Sapphire cards' initial spending requirements, thereby earning you a lucrative initial bonus.