Sunday, July 14, 2013

A one-way flight from Southern California to Las Vegas for $2.50 on Southwest

I have a business conference to attend in Las Vegas, Nevada in a few months.  I know the date that I am flying out but I’m not sure which date I will be flying back.  Whenever possible, I like to book my flights as soon as I am sure which dates I will be flying.  Award travel is usually cheaper when booked further in advance. 
As you know, we have a ton of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and like to use them for free travel whenever possible.  Today, I will share just how easy it is to transfer Ultimate Rewards points into Southwest Rapid Rewards points and use them to book amazing travel deals.  

I just booked my one-way flight from SNA (Orange County) to LAS (Las Vegas) on Southwest Airlines for 4,380 points and $2.50.    

When I went to, I saw that the cash price for this Southwest “Wanna Get Away” fare is $84, which is already pretty cheap.
Next, I noticed that I did not have enough points:
In order to get enough Southwest Rapid Rewards points for this award fare, I needed to transfer some of my Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  

I simply logged into my account at, then clicked on Transfer points, then transferred 3,000 Ultimate Rewards points into 3,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points.  Note, Chase transfer partners require transfers in 1,000 point increments.

The points transferred over right away and now I had enough points to book my trip:
Next, I picked the same flight and paid for the fare with points.  The $2.50 is a government imposed September 11th security fee.
And that’s it!  The whole process of booking my one-way flight took less than 5 minutes.  As soon as I figure out a return date, I will book my return flight, which should cost some more Rapid Rewards points and only $2.50 in taxes.

The credit cards that allow Chase Ultimate Travel include:
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred
  • Chase Ink Bold
  • Chase Ink Plus
  • JP Morgan Palladium
  • JP Morgan Select

You can learn about these cards at  For those that fly Southwest often, Chase also offers a Southwest credit card. 

In case you need a refresher, here are the Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partners:

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