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Virgin Atlantic Amex 65,000 Mile Offer Returns (Really 50,000 Points – Transfer to Become 100,000 Hilton HHonors Points)

The on-again-off-again Virgin Atlantic Amex offer for a max of 65,000 miles has returned once again (application here). Here are the basics:

– 20,000 miles on signup
– 25,000 miles after $2,500 spend in 90 days
– 5,000 miles for adding an authorized user
– 15,000 miles on your anniversary
– 1.5 miles for every dollar spent
– The $90 annual fee is NOT waived.

People like this card because the miles transfer to Hilton Hhonors at a 1:2 rate, so you can get 50,000 miles pretty easily ($2,500 spend + adding an authorized user), which become 100,000 Hhonors points (it’s actually a bit more, since you’ll get 3750 miles for that $2,500, which becomes another 7,500 Hhonors points). That’s well worth $90.

You have to transfer in 5,000 mile blocks, so you might as well put $3335 on there so you’ll get 55,000 miles.

Virgin Atlantic charges fuel surcharges to redeem miles for their own flights, which makes their miles something approaching useless. But the Hilton transfer is fantastic.

(Thanks, Flyertalk)

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  1. How useful are the Hilton Honors points? I looked at Honolulu recently. One of the few available hotels is the Embassy Suites at 122,000 points per night or $339 if paying cash. That makes each Hilton points worth about $0.0027 (about 1/4 of a cent). So, after paying $90 plus a hit to my credit, I can’t even stay at an Embassy suites. I love to be proven wrong.

  2. actually, you only need to spend $3334. ;)

    @dave op, hilton point are VERY useful if you know where to use them. cat 5,6,7 can be great redemption value. get am Amex Hilton card and you can redeem for Axon or Glon award redemption. do a search on the internet and you’ll find lots of results about these awards. :)

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