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Chart of What Airlines You Can Fly with Ultimate Rewards Points (Partners Included)

The blog Free Frequent Flyer miles noted last week that Korean Airlines does not charge a fuel surcharge when you use their points to redeem on Alaska Airlines or Hawaiian Airlines. This is noteworthy because Korean only requires 20k/40k for a domestic coach/first class roundtrip on Alaska (stopover permitted); and they only require 30k/60k for a roundtrip to Hawaii from the mainland (inter-island flights, though, are charged separately at 10k roundtrip). (FFM says to redeem you should call 800-438-5000, and then prompts 2, 4, and 0).

Why do I mention this? Because Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred into Korean Airlines, one of their partners I tend to forget about. But for those Alaska and Hawaiian awards, they can be a good deal.

Since I had forgotten about those partners, I thought it would be helpful if I compiled the full list of airlines you can fly on using Ultimate Rewards — in other words, all of the partners of the partners.

AirlineUltimate Rewards Partner AirlineNotes
SouthwestSouthwest
AirTranSouthwest
UnitedUnited
US AirwaysUnitedAlthough US Airways doesn't allow 1-way redemptions with Dividend Miles, you can fly a 1-way on US Airways using United miles
Aer LingusUnited, British AirwaysUse BA for flights to Dublin from the US because they require fewer miles
Copa AirlinesUnited
Hawaiian AirlinesUnited, KoreanBoth require 10k miles for an inter-island roundtrip
Island Air (Hawaii)United
Jet AirwaysUnited
Qatar AirwaysUnitedUnited has eliminated their ridiculous separate award chart for Qatar Airways and now requires same number of miles as other carriers to Middle East
Eva AirwaysUnited
Taca AirlinesUnited
Star Alliance AirlinesUnitedSee Below for list of Star Alliance carriers
British AirwaysBritish AirwaysRemember, no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus, LAN or AA (in N and S America); also great for short-haul in the US.
BMIBritish Airways
KingfisherBritish Airways
Alaska AirlinesBritish Airways, KoreanCheck BA first - on shorter flights they may require fewer miles than Korean
Oneworld AirlinesBritish AirwaysSee Below for list of Oneworld Airlines
Korean AirlinesKorean
EmiratesKoreanOnly require 70k miles for coach round trip to Gulf area.
Garuda IndonesiaKorean
Skyteam AirlinesKoreanSee Below for list of Skyteam Airlines

STAR ALLIANCE AIRLINES: Adria, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian, LOT, Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai, Turkish Airlines, United, US Airways

ONEWORLD AIRLINES: Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Mexicana, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7

SKYTEAM AIRLINES: Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean, Tarom, Vietnam Airlines


  1. Nice post. EVA Air is also a partner of United’s.

  2. Ethiopian is also available through *A

  3. Do you know if Korean charges fuel surcharges for flights on Delta? I am looking at lower-48 redemptions on Delta, if that matters.

    • @Anne: My understanding is that there are not fuel surcharges for Korean redemptions on DL metal within the US. I could be wrong, but that’s what I’ve been told…

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