How to Use Your 60,000 Point Bonus from Chase (and Have the Most Fun)

When it comes to redeeming your Chase Ultimate Rewards points, the options are literally endless.
8 minute read | 8/5/19Aug. 5, 2019
Use Your 60,000 Point Bonus from Chase

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is an excellent card to have in your wallet. Not only does it come with a lucrative sign-up bonus, but it also offers a slew of travel benefits and perks that any regular traveler can appreciate. With a wide range of travel partners that allow card users to go all over the world, the Chase Sapphire Preferred can be the gateway to your bucket list destinations.

And now that you’ve earned 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points from your sign-up bonus, it’s time for the fun part to begin — finding the best way to use them.

11 incredible ways to redeem 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points

Redeeming those 60,000 points from your Chase Sapphire Preferred sign-up bonus can be a great way to offset the $95 annual fee. While there are a number of ways you can redeem your points, you’ll likely get the most value by transferring them to one of Chase's travel partners.

Transferring points to any Ultimate Rewards travel partner typically yields a 1:1 value (one cent per point). However, it’s important to consider the type of redemption that would mean the most to you. While it may be tempting to book an award ticket on a first-class flight, if what you’ve really dreamed of is a luxury hotel stay, using your points with one of Chase’s hotel partners instead might make more sense.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are extremely versatile, so there’s bound to be something for every type of traveler on this list. Here’s a look at 11 amazing ways to use 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points so you can get your dream vacation started.

Book $750 of travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards

One of the easiest and most straightforward ways to use your points is to redeem them for travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, where points are worth 25% more for Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders. Using Chase’s travel site makes the 60,000 point sign-up bonus worth $750.

For example, let’s say you want to stay at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Lahaina, Hawaii. As of June 2019, a one-night stay at this property costs $464.55 per night — or 37,164 Ultimate Rewards points — when booked through Chase’s travel site. So 60,000 points gets you that much closer to getting two free nights at a super-luxe hotel.

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Caption: Screenshot from Hyatt.com, taken June 13, 2019

Book a weekend stay at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun

You can book a stay directly through Hyatt by transferring your Ultimate Rewards points over to World of Hyatt. Then, if you want to spend a weekend at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, go to Hyatt’s website, type in the name of the hotel in the top search bar, and enter the dates you’d like to travel. Make sure you click the “Use Points” option and then click “Find Hotels.”

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A stay at this hotel would cost you 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night, for a grand total of 50,000 World of Hyatt Points for the full weekend stay. This would leave you with 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points to use on your next adventure.

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Caption: Screenshot from Hyatt.com, taken June 13, 2019

Travel to Paris with United MileagePlus miles

Take your dream trip to the City of Light on United Airlines after transferring your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to the United Airlines MileagePlus loyalty program.

After transferring your points to your United Airlines MileagePlus account, you can begin your search. For this example, we’ll use Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey as the departure airport and Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris as our destination. Enter the dates you plan on taking your trip in the appropriate fields. Don’t forget to select “Book with Miles” before finding your flight.

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Caption: Screenshot from United.com, taken June 13, 2019

Look through the list of flight options and select the flights that work best for you. Since you transferred your Ultimate Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio, you’ll be able to book a round-trip, economy-class ticket between Newark and Paris for 60,000 United MileagePlus miles, plus taxes and fees.

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Caption: Screenshot from United.com, taken June 13, 2019

Take a trip to the land down under

The United Airlines MileagePlus loyalty program offers many great options for travelers who want to see the world. While some award travelers may choose to book plane tickets in business or first class, the sad truth is that your Chase sign-up bonus won’t come close to covering the points you’d need to get you to Australia and back. For long-haul flights, such as a round-trip vacation from Los Angeles to Sydney, travelers would need 400,000 Ultimate Rewards points to make the trip.

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Caption: Screenshot from United.com, taken June 13, 2019

Instead, consider flying in economy one way. And if you’re flexible on your dates of travel, you may be able to find some even better options.

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Caption: Screenshot from United.com, taken July 24, 2019

For 40,000 miles and $27.60 in taxes and fees, you can get to the other side of the world! While you’ll still need to cover your return flight, using your bonus to cover one leg of an economy flight to get you halfway around the world is an excellent means of using your Chase Sapphire Preferred sign-up bonus. And you’ll still have 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points you can use for a future trip.

Spend a night in New York City

One of Chase’s many travel partners is the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program. Transferring points to Marriott is a great way to get excellent use out of your Chase Ultimate Rewards points. In this example, we’ll look at what a Saturday night in New York may cost you in points.

First, simply go to Marriott's website and enter in your trip details:

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Caption: Screenshot from Marriott.com, taken June 13, 2019

Don’t forget to click “Use Points” so the rate will be shown to you in the proper currency. Click “Find Hotels” when you’re ready.

Screenshot from Marriott.com
Caption: Screenshot from Marriott.com, taken June 13, 2019

As you can see, Marriott has a number of properties to choose from to accommodate your trip. Since the amount of points varies by hotel category, choose one that best fits your travel needs and budget.

A night at either the Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue or the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue is just 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy loyalty points per night, leaving you with 15,000 Ultimate Rewards points — which you could always put toward a future Marriott stay.

Leave the mainland and visit America’s 50th state

If you’re looking to experience a tropical paradise without the hassle of international travel, a relaxing trip to Hawaii may be exactly what you’re seeking. Fortunately, Southwest Airlines recently opened up routes to and between the Hawaiian Islands. And unlike most travel rewards programs, Southwest Rapid Rewards are revenue-based, meaning that the price of an award is equivalent to the price of a ticket.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Southwest Rapid Rewards at a rate of 1:1. So, a one-way ticket from Seattle to Honolulu could cost only 21,388 Rapid Rewards points, plus taxes and fees, leaving you with plenty of Ultimate Rewards points left over for your next vacation. (And yes, we’re assuming you may never come back from Hawaii. Are we wrong?)

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Caption: Screenshot from Southwest.com, taken June 13, 2019

Enjoy America’s favorite pastime in Boston

If you’re a baseball fan, there’s nothing quite like a trip to Boston’s Fenway Park. Since JetBlue is one of Chase’s travel partners and has a hub at Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS), there are a ton of flight options to get you there.

After transferring your points to JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program, go to JetBlue’s website and enter your desired itinerary in the appropriate fields. Make sure you click “Use TrueBlue points” before searching for your flight.

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Caption: Screenshot from Jetblue.com, taken June 13, 2019

Choose your desired flight(s) from the options below:

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Caption: Screenshot from Jetblue.com, taken June 13, 2019

As you can see, depending on the flight you choose, you could take a round-trip flight from the nation’s capital to Boston for only 24,900 TrueBlue points, plus taxes and fees, allowing you to put your remaining Ultimate Rewards points toward a stay in a nearby hotel.

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Caption: Screenshot from Jetblue.com, taken June 13, 2019

Take a trip to wine country with United MileagePlus

It’s no exaggeration to say that many of us would love a relaxing trip to California’s wine country. Fortunately, with United’s MileagePlus program, travelers are able to transfer their Ultimate Rewards points for exactly such an amazing trip.

We showed you earlier how to book award travel through the United Airlines website. And as you can see below, the one-way economy ticket from Chicago to San Francisco costs 12,500 points, plus taxes and fees. But not all rewards flights are created equal, and as we learned while booking this flight, you may not have enough in your Ultimate Rewards account to make the trip home. But...maybe that’s okay?

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Caption: Screenshot from United.com, taken June 13, 2019

Enjoy a luxurious stay at the 5-star Park Hyatt Tokyo

Since Hyatt is one of Chase’s travel partners, consider a stay at Japan’s Park Hyatt Tokyo. This hotel’s bar was featured in the 2003 Oscar-winning film Lost in Translation, and it’s one of Hyatt’s top properties. Located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood with easy access to public transportation, the Park Hyatt Tokyo offers a luxurious oasis in one of the world’s busiest cities.

Consider cashing in your Ultimate Rewards points for a two-night stay at this lavish hotel for 60,000 World of Hyatt points (30,000 World of Hyatt points per night).

Screenshot from Hyatt.com
Caption: Screenshot from Hyatt.com, taken June 13, 2019

Enjoy Hollywood for less

You shouldn’t be afraid to cash in points to offset the cost of budget travel. Even if you’re staying at a more modest hotel, a domestic trip may still be pricey, especially in a high-cost town like LA. Transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to the IHG Rewards Club to stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame and stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites — a wallet-friendly hotel, where a one-night stay could be as low as 40,000 points.

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Caption: Screenshot from IHG.com, taken June 13, 2019

Hop across the pond on Virgin Atlantic

While you probably won’t get to spend one-on-one time with the Queen, you’ll at least be able to enjoy a scone and a proper cup of tea in London by transferring Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic. London is an expensive city to visit, so saving money on your airfare is a great way to lower the overall cost of your vacation.

A one-way, economy-class ticket from Washington Dulles International (IAD) to London Heathrow (LHR) costs as little as 20,000 points, plus taxes and fees, leaving you with 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points for your next journey.

Screenshot from VirginAtlantic.com
Caption: Screenshot from VirginAtlantic.com, taken June 13, 2019

Put your points toward seeing the world!

With a 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points sign-up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of the most valuable credit cards available on the market today. The opportunity to transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to a wide range of travel partners makes this card a must-have for your wallet. So start making work on that travel bucket list and bon voyage!

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