Redirecting after ajax request

I’ve been reading a lot of posts about how Rails handles remote: true, but I still fail to understand why this is happening. One of my form is a remote form, which looks like this:

<%= form_with model: @transfer, scope: :transfer, url: transfers_path, method: 'post', remote: true do |f| %> 

And in my create action, I just have this:

def create   @transfer = @account.transfers.build(transfer_params)   respond_to do |format|     if @transfer.valid?       format.html { redirect_to pending_transactions_path }     else       flash.now[:error] = "An error occurred"       format.js     end   end end 

The create.js.erb template is strictly used to handle when there’s an error saving the @transfer and I also tried to empty it out with no code. And for some reason, when I submit this form, it did redirected me to to the pending_transactions_path.

However, in another part of my code, I have an ajax request like this:

$  .ajax({   method: "GET",   url: "/handle_timeout" }); 

And my controller action looks like this:

def handle_timeout   respond_to do |format|     format.html { redirect_to pending_transactions_path }   end end 

And it’s not redirecting for some reason. In my Rails log, I can see that it’s redirecting:

10:19:18 web.1     | Redirected to http://localhost:3000/transactions/pending 10:19:18 web.1     | Completed 302 Found in 67ms (ActiveRecord: 50.6ms) 10:19:18 web.1     | Started GET "/transactions/pending" for ::1 at 2019-05-31 10:19:18 -0700 10:19:18 web.1     | Processing by TransactionsController#pending_transfers as */* 

I had to follow another SO answer to get it to redirect. Link to that answer: https://stackoverflow.com/a/17689223/3504731

Am I wrong to think remote: true is the same as making an $ .ajax request? Why does my page redirect when I submit the first form, but doesn’t redirect when the second ajax request is ran? Does Rails’ remote: true do more magic under the hood versus an ajax request?

I am running Rails 5.2.1. Any insights on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading!