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When I price a trip via Ultimate Rewards, the cost is 97,460 points. However, I can transfer 30,000 points from Ultimate Rewards to United to take the same trip as award travel. I realize that award travel requires seats to be available and I may lose out on some perks being non-revenue. Is there anything else I'm missing? The price different makes me think I'm missing something.

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It's always better to transfer to airline, then get "mile saver" class fares.

Not necessarily. In some scenarios, paying $$$ for an off peak destination 21-days advance might be a better use than miles.

Thanks for your responses. Good to know I should look at it both ways.

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