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.
|Airline||Ultimate Rewards Partner Airline||Notes|
|US Airways||United||Although US Airways doesn't allow 1-way redemptions with Dividend Miles, you can fly a 1-way on US Airways using United miles|
|Aer Lingus||United, British Airways||Use BA for flights to Dublin from the US because they require fewer miles|
|Hawaiian Airlines||United, Korean||Both require 10k miles for an inter-island roundtrip|
|Island Air (Hawaii)||United|
|Qatar Airways||United||United has eliminated their ridiculous separate award chart for Qatar Airways and now requires same number of miles as other carriers to Middle East|
|Star Alliance Airlines||United||See Below for list of Star Alliance carriers|
|British Airways||British Airways||Remember, no fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus, LAN or AA (in N and S America); also great for short-haul in the US.|
|Alaska Airlines||British Airways, Korean||Check BA first - on shorter flights they may require fewer miles than Korean|
|Oneworld Airlines||British Airways||See Below for list of Oneworld Airlines|
|Emirates||Korean||Only require 70k miles for coach round trip to Gulf area.|
|Skyteam Airlines||Korean||See 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