Earlier this year, Chase introduced a new credit card. The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card has gained considerable hype in the small time it has been around for. New cardholders are entitled to a sign-up bonus worth 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points. The dollar value for this bonus amounts to a minimum of $1,500 on redemption when used directly. However, if you transfer these points to partners like United and Hyatt, you can earn higher redemption value.

Let’s see how your Chase Sapphire Reserve can bring down your travel expenses to the Caribbean.

The Flights

Option 1: Transfer Points to British Airways

You can utilize your Ultimate Rewards points for travel to the Caribbean by transferring points to the British Airways. The carrier has a comprehensive distance-based award chart. You can book round-trips for as low as 15,000 Avios with their partnering American Airlines. Here’s how much a one-way trip to the Caribbean using the American Airlines can cost you in terms of Avios.

Flight Type Miles Avios
One-way Up to 1,151 7,500
One-way Up to 2,000 10,000
One-way Up to 3,000 12,500

Option 2: Transfer points to Southwest

The Southwest is another good option for flights to the Caribbean. The carrier has rapidly expanded its international service from several domestic airports.

The Southwest offers a redemption value up to 1.9 cents/point points on their Wanna Get Away fares. Plus, you get free checked bags with your change/cancellation fees waived off. Most of all, the revenue-based Rapid Rewards program is simple: you can redeem your points if a seat is available for sale. The expensive the dollar price of the seat the more points you need.

  • Maximize your redemptions: Take advantage of their no change fee policy. Exchange a pricey ticket for free and have the differential points topped up back into your account.
  • Earn a Companion pass by frequent travelling with the Southwest and take along a free companion on all free and award Southwest tickets.

Option 3: Transfer points to Flying Blue

The third option you can explore is KLM and Air France flights under the Flying Blue program – Chase Ultimate Rewards’ newest partner. Both these carriers are part of the Sky Team. This means you can redeem miles from Flying Blue to book flights on Delta. Plus, the award tickets to Caribbean destinations start at only 25,000 miles for a round-trip.

The Ultimate Rewards program offers several lucrative point transfer options to partners. These points can then be redeemed on flights to Caribbean destinations. However, you need to be mindful of the fact that not all options offer great value for travelers. Choose wisely!

HOTELS

Option 1: Transfer points to Hyatt

Hyatt Gold Passport is probably the best Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. There are several Hyatt properties in the Caribbean where you can redeem points. The good thing is that you require relatively low points for these properties.

Hotel Category Points/Night
Hyatt Regency Trinidad 4 15,000
Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen 5 20,000
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino 6 25,000
Hyatt Ziva Cancun 6 25,000
Park Hyatt St. Kitts 7 30,000

 

*The Hyatt Credit Card can earn you two free nights in addition to your current sign-up bonus.

Option 2: Transfer points to Marriott

Another way to cash in on the free hotel stays in the Caribbean is through transferring Ultimate Rewards to Marriott Rewards. This option is particularly attractive for properties in the high and middle categories of the program. You can book the Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino for as low as 25,000 points/night!

Also, when you link your SPG and Marriott accounts you have the option to convert the points on your Ultimate Rewards into Starpoints on a 3:1 ratio.  However, this may not be the best option for top-ranking properties, but you can still get great value at lower SPG category properties in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

You could even book a revenue stay in some cases directly through your Ultimate Rewards for 1.5 cents/point redemption value. In addition to that you can utilize the Cash & Points option for award reservations in case you don’t have enough points.

*A Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card can help you get better value for your points.

If you’re a miles and points enthusiast, a trip to the Caribbean may prove to slightly challenging for you. It is mainly because the hotel options available for redemption are quite limited. That said, there still are some fantastic ways to get about it. If you wish to maximize the sign-up bonus on your Chase Sapphire Reserve Card in order to travel to the Caribbean, it is best not to stick to a particular hotel chain or airline. Work out a combination that makes the best use of your transferable points.

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