Ultimate Rewards Transfer Times: Not Always Instant


How Long Do Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Take to Transfer? For most airline and hotel partners, the transfer time is close to instant. That said, points don't always transfer instantly–they can take hours or even days in some cases, even for a partner that you've previously transferred points instantly to. Before we get to a recent example of a delay, here are the typical Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer times:

  • Aer Lingus: Instant
  • Air France/KLM Flying Blue: Instant
  • British Airways Avios: Instant
  • Emirates Skywards: Instant
  • Hyatt: Instant
  • Iberia Avios: Instant
  • IHG: Instant
  • JetBlue TrueBlue: Instant
  • Marriott Rewards: ~3 days
  • Singapore KrisFlyer: Usually 24-48 Hours
  • Southwest: Instant
  • United: Usually Instant (but see below)
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club: Instant


Delays with Ultimate Rewards Transfers to United MileagePlus

Previously, we've transferred Ultimate Rewards to United MileagePlus that were instant. But a few days ago, I was surprised to find that a 20,000 points transfer from my husband's Ultimate Rewards account to United MileagePlus didn't go through instantly. We'd previously transferred from his Ultimate Rewards account to his United MileagePlus account, earlier this year in fact, and it was instantaneous.

This time, even after repeatedly logging out and logging back in, the miles weren't there. One hour went by–no miles. Two hours, then three hours–no miles. Not until roughly 15 hours later did the miles appear.

Nor is this an isolated occurrence–I found a number of Flyertalk posts also complaining about delays. In one example from early in 2019 an Ultimate Rewards transfer to United took 20 hours, while in a post from last year a points transfer to United took over 4.5 days for the miles to post.

It's unclear why some transfers still proceed instantly and others are delayed, but if transferring Ultimate Rewards points to United MileagePlus is important, I recommend leaving plenty of time in advance of when the miles are needed to book an award, in case you do encounter a delay.

Have you ever experienced delays when transferring Ultimate Rewards points to United MileagePlus, or to another Ultimate Rewards partner where transfer time is normally instantaneous?

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