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.