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The Atlantic Ocean just got about a third smaller: You can currently get 30% more Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles when you transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your airline account.
Let’s take a look at the details.
Transfer Chase Points to Virgin Atlantic With a 30% Bonus
Normally, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club at a 1:1 ratio. The promotion increases this to a more generous 1:1.3 ratio — but it’s only good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on November 15, 2023.
Chase Ultimate Rewards points typically transfer instantly to Virgin Atlantic, and you should see your bonus miles right away. And, you can take advantage of this transfer bonus as many times as you please during the promotional period.
Is It Worth It?
Despite the high fees Virgin Atlantic tends to tack onto tickets that start or end in — or pass through — London, this is a case that shows why it’s good to have a lot of transfer partners — and a 30% bonus is nothing to sneeze at. At a valuation of 1.4 cents per mile, Virgin Atlantic miles are on the higher end of the scale for airline miles, though you can squeeze even more out of them if you use them right.
If you were hoping to book a round-trip ticket on Virgin Atlantic between New York and London, you can typically score these tickets for 15,000 Flying Club miles in economy during off-peak times. Thanks to this transfer bonus, you’d only need to transfer 12,000 Ultimate Rewards points to book tickets like these.
But, you don’t have to redeem those miles solely for transatlantic flights on Virgin Atlantic planes. We’ve rounded up 14 of the best ways to use Virgin Atlantic miles, like flying ANA in first or business class to Japan or going to Hawaii on Delta.Hot Tip:
Limited-time promotions aren’t the only way to earn Virgin Atlantic miles. Read our guide to the best ways of earning Flying Club points!
And with Virgin Atlantic’s useful partnerships — many of them without those pesky high surcharges — you can parlay those extra Flying Club points into more added value on flights with airlines like Air France or ANA.
ANA, for example, charges just 45,000 to 47,500 Flying Club miles for a one-way business class ticket between the U.S. and Japan. These rates don’t factor in the 30% bonus, making this an incredible opportunity to fly one of the best business class products in the sky for a phenomenal rate.
If you play your points right, this is a potentially valuable promotion that could pay back a lot more than 30%. If you have a card that earns Ultimate Rewards points, the next few weeks may be a good time to bulk up on extra Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles.
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About Michael Y. Park
Michael Y. Park is a journalist living in New York City. He’s traveled through Afghanistan disguised as a Hazara Shi’ite, slept with polar bears on the Canadian tundra, picnicked with the king and queen of Malaysia, tramped around organic farms in Cuba, ridden the world’s longest train through the Sahara, and choked down gasoline clams in North Korea.
UP's Bonus Valuation
This bonus value is an estimated valuation calculated by UP after analyzing redemption options, transfer partners, award availability and how much UP would pay to buy these points.