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With the current temporarily increased sign-up bonuses on the Ink Bold and Ink Plus from 50,000 Ultimate Reward points to 60,000 Ultimate Reward points, I wanted to dedicate a post to covering a few ways you would use those points for some awesome travel experiences for yourself or your family. By the time you meet the $5,000 spending requirement on those two cards, you will have at least 65,000 Ultimate Reward points to work with, so here are some examples of what that can get you with the Ultimate Rewards transfer partners where these points will transfer 1:1.
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A domestic round trip ticket on United Airlines can be had at the saver level for 25,000 miles round trip. You would have enough for two round trips plus another one-way trip at 12,500 miles. If you would rather head to the Caribbean then you are just 5,000 miles short of the 70,000 miles required for two round trips to the Caribbean. Or, you could travel in style to Europe in business class for 50,000 miles one-way. If you want a first class experience you just need to get up to 67,500 miles for a one-way trip to Europe that can be redeemed (space available) on Lufthansa!
Whether you are saving for a big trip, or prefer to use miles for multiple domestic flights, transferring 65,000+ Ultimate Rewards points to United gets you well on your way to a number of awards.
Hyatt nights start at just 5,000 points for a free night in a Category 1 hotel such as the Hyatt Regency Wichita and go up to 22,000 points per night at a Category 6 hotel like the Hyatt Regency Maui or Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. So, with your 65,000 points you would have enough for 13 nights at a Category 1 Hyatt or you are just 1,000 points shy of enough for three nights at a top end Hyatt in Hawaii, Paris, Tokyo, New York City, or wherever you want to go.
When you redeem points for a Hyatt stay all of your taxes and resort fees are covered, so it really does make the hotel stay “free”. With Hyatt if a standard room is for sale then it is available to book using Hyatt Gold Passport points (that you can transfer in 1:1 from Ultimate Rewards).
While I don’t normally transfer my Ultimate Reward points to British Airways (instead I often use Membership Reward points), it can be very useful for short but expensive flights that are operated by British Airways partners like American Airlines or Alaska Airlines. Flights start at just 4,500 points each way. For example, you can fly from Miami to Nassau, Grand Cayman, or Turks and Caicos on American for just 4,500 points each way. Or, you can fly round trip from the West Coast to Hawaii for just 25,000 points. Depending on which flights you are interested in, 65,000 points can go a long way toward booking several flights on British Airways partners for your family.
Several times a year Priority Club releases a list of PointBreaks that allow you to book hotels for just 5,000 points per night. Those hotels seem pretty random, so they may or may not match up with your plans. However, if they do you can sometimes get a heck of a deal on a hotel for just 5,000 points per night. 65,000 points would give you 13 nights at a PointsBreak hotel.
If Southwest Airlines works out best for your family, you can transfer your points 1:1 to Southwest and you will end up with at least $1085 toward Wanna Get Away flights. That could easily buy multiple tickets to head out on a family vacation!
I value my Ultimate Reward points close to two cents each, so a temporary increase of 10,000 points for the sign-up bonus on these two cards is worth close to $200 in my book. That makes this a pretty big deal if you use your points wisely, and it is currently the best sign-up bonus out there. If you would rather not be tied to award availability, you can also use your points “as cash” to book travel via the Ultimate Rewards portal at a rate of 1.25 cents per point. At that rate, 65,000 points are worth $812.50 toward travel! As a last resort you can also give yourself a statement credit for anything at a rate of one cent per point. That means that 65,000 points is worth $650 toward whatever you want.
Whatever you choose to do with your points, make sure to not miss out on this one week increase for the sign-up bonuses on the Ink cards. This one week offer expires on June 22nd. How do you like to use your Ultimate Reward points?
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