Sunday, July 10, 2016

Free one-way flight from Taipei to Japan on Air Japan for my dad

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto.  We are looking forward to visiting this beautiful place!
For our upcoming Tokyo trip in March, my father is going to meet us in Japan.  He lives in Taiwan and we wanted him to join us on our family trip.  We had extra Chase Ultimate Rewards points and I didn’t want to make him pay to come visit us.  Ultimate Rewards points transfer over to United Airlines miles with a 1:1 point transfer. 

I logged into my United Airlines account and found the perfect direct flight for him to travel from Taipei (TPE) to Tokyo (NRT) via Air Japan.  He will be flying in to meet us at the Narita airport in Japan when we arrive.  The flight costs $352 if paid with cash or 15,000 United points and $15.50 if redeeming for award travel.  Paying for the flight with points gives us an over 2 cent value per Ultimate Rewards point.

Since I already had 1,000 United Airlines miles in my United Airlines account, I only needed to transfer 14,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points over.  I used my Ink Plus card for the transfer.  The process was instant and I was able to book my father’s free flight on my iPhone in less than 10 minutes. 
I was then able to book the flight on my phone through the United iPhone app. The process couldn't have been any easier.

Sharing our points with family helps us all save money.  We’re looking forward to our first international trip as a family!  After taxes and fees, we've saved $336.50, which we can use towards hotel / Airbnb stays and entertainment.

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