While it has been known that United MileagePlus was a soon-to-be Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, it looks like you can now begin transferring your UR points to United! When I logged into my Chase Sapphire’s Ultimate Rewards program today, I was greeted with this happy announcement.
It is great news that when Continental and United finalize their merger in a couple months, we will still be able to transfer points in without a problem. Since I am a Continental girl myself, I see this as an enormous plus for Chase and their Ultimate Rewards program.
Transferring points to miles using Ultimate Rewards is very simple using the tool I have pictured above and my transfers have always posted just about instantly. Since I currently have very few UR points in my account (though I am working on building it back up), I didn’t do a test transfer today, but it certainly seems operational! In case you are not familiar with all of the transfer partners that Ultimate Rewards has, here is a quick list: Amtrak, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Korean Airlines, Hyatt, Priority Club, and Marriott. While Korean Airlines may sound a bit random, it is very important as it rounds out representation from the three major airline alliances. If you want more info on how to redeem Korean Airline miles for Skyteam rewards, check out this post from The Points Guy.
Ultimate Rewards now has partners in Star Alliance (Continental and United), Oneworld (British Airways), and Skyteam (Korean Airlines). The addition of United means that they should be set to continue with options in all alliances heading into the future. That makes UR a top notch option for building and using flexible points for travel.
So there you have it, all three major alliances are represented and you can now start transferring your points to United!