Category Archives: Virgin Atlantic

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)

Continental No Longer Redemption or Accrual Partner with Virgin Atlantic

This is a bummer: Effective February 13, Continental will no longer partner with Virgin Atlantic for redemption or miles earning. VA was a great option to Heathrow and, clearly, their Upper Class product was a pretty solid option on that route. I’ve seen plenty of times when Continental had no award availability while Virgin had seats in Upper Class wide open. Not a huge deal, but combined with the loss of Emirates a year or so ago, Continental has lost a couple of redemption partners that had pretty good availability to Europe and beyond.

How to Get InterIsland Flights in Hawaii for 6,000 Miles Round Trip [NOW GONE]

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately, this is now gone. Your best bet for interisland flights is to use 10,000 miles roundtrip on Hawaiian via US Airways, United, Continental or Delta).

The days of the $38 interisland flights in Hawaii are long over ($150 is more like it now), so travelers planning trips in Hawaii may be once again thinking of using miles for flights between islands.

Most airlines charge 10,000 miles round trip for flights (though oddly, United charges 10,000 miles for a roundtrip ticket on Hawaiian Airlines, but Hawaiian charges 15,000 miles for the same flight).

However, Virgin Atlantic only charges 6,000 Flying Club miles for a roundtrip ticket on Hawaiian Airlines (9,000 in first class). I’ll assume for a moment that you don’t have any Flying Club miles. No worries: You have Starwood points? (You should, since you should be carrying the SPG Amex as your daily card because of its impressive array of transfer partners) You can transfer those Starwood points into Virgin Altantic Flying Club at a 1:1 ratio plus, of course, the 5,000 mile bonus for transferring 20,000 miles. Huge savings? No. But for a family of 4, you can get 4 tickets for the price of 2. Not too shabby.

Or (and thanks to IAH-PHX for pointing this out in the comments), you can use your Membership Rewards points to transfer into the Virgin Atlantic program.

(UPDATE: Even better news. Virgin Atlantic does not charge a fuel surcharge on Hawaiian. Inter-island tickets only require taxes of about $5.)

Virgin Atlantic Credit Card Offer: Now Up to 65,000 Miles with $2,500 Spend

I’m not a huge fan of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club frequent flyer program(me) because of the ridiculous sky-high fuel surcharges on their award tickets.

Even so, for those who DO like the program, they’ve upped their credit card offer to be pretty compelling: you’ll get 20,000 miles after your first purchase, then 25,000 more after you spend $2,500.

Then, you’ll earn another 15,000 miles on your anniversary and 5,000 miles for adding a cardmember to this Bank of America American Express card.

On a plus note, you’ll earn 3x miles for spend on Virgin Atlantic and 1.5x on everything else, which is actually quite good if not for the ridiculous fuel surcharges when you redeem, which wipe out most of the value there.

Annual Fee is $90 and they don’t waive it in the first year.

(Apply for the Virgin Atlantic Credit Card here).

50% Bonus for Flying Premium Economy on Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic is offering 50% bonus miles when you fly Premium Economy (fare buckets W, S or K) between now and December 7th. Premium economy fares, if you were wondering, are about $1600 (tax included) between New York and London, roughly double what regular coach will cost you, but it’s an experience that’s much closer to domestic first class (38″ pitch, 21″ width). During Thanksgiving, most airlines are offering business class at that price, so it’s no bargain then, but during the rest of the fall it’s a decent-to-good deal.

Register here.

One Nice Thing about OnePass Miles: No Fuel Surcharges on Virgin Atlantic Redemptions

Until recently, one of the best uses of Membership Rewards points was to transfer 63,000 points into ANA’s frequent flyer program, which could then be used for a roundtrip ticket in Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic from New York to London. Nice. However, ANA is now charging Virgin’s ridiculous ($500-$1000) fuel surcharges on those redemptions.

With that gone, if you’re looking to fly Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic, I thought I’d pass along a friendly reminder that if you redeem Continental Onepass miles for flights on Virgin Atlantic, they do not assess the fuel surcharge. Roundtrip coach awards are 60,000 miles (not a bargain) while Upper Class awards are 100,000 miles and, unlike flights from Newark to London on Continental, there’s actually really good availability on Virgin in Upper Class. And until September 30, you can transfer those Membership Rewards points to Continental for the Virgin redemption.

You can search for Virgin Atlantic rewards to New York on Continental’s site, but they do not seem to have availability on their site for Virgin flights to other cities. You can sign up for a free Flying Club account with Virgin Atlantic and use their tool to search availability on their site, then book directly with Continental using Onepass miles.

The Now-Famous Virgin Complaint Letter: “It’s in Custard, Richard. Custard.”

Uh, every single person I know has sent this to me, so I’m not sure if that means you have seen it too, or if I should post it here as well.  I’m going with the latter:

A guy wrote a very funny letter to Richard Branson (complete with photos), after he was appalled by the food served on his Mumbai-London flight on Virgin.  I would argue there is no actual way to tell good Indian food from bad Indian food, but that’s neither here nor there.  Enjoy.