Update: The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.
U.S.-based travelers might not be intimately familiar with the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program, but through it, you can score some pretty fantastic redemptions. Further, the program doesn’t regularly run point purchase promotions, but being able to receive a 60% to 70% bonus can offer you a very good deal depending on the redemption you have in mind.
Here is a look at the details of the promotion to help you decide whether it’s a good fit for you.
Through November 18, 2022, you can earn up to a 60% bonus when purchasing Flying Club points, and up to a 70% bonus if you have status with Virgin Atlantic.
- Purchase 5,000 to 24,000 points and get a 15% bonus — 2.4 cents per point
- Purchase 25,000 to 69,000 points and get a 20% bonus — 2.1 cents per point
- Purchase 70,000 to 119,000 points and get a 40% bonus — 1.8 cents per point
- Purchase 120,000 to 200,000 points and get a 60% bonus, or a 70% bonus if you have elite status — 1.57 cents per point/1.47 cents per point
Usually, you’re only able to purchase 100,000 points each calendar year, but during the promotion, you’re able to purchase up to 200,000 points before any bonuses are applied. Remember that the 70% tier is only available to those with Virgin Atlantic elite status, the highest bonus standard members can receive is 60%.
We value Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points at 1.4 cents per point, so even the 60% and 70% tiers don’t allow you to purchase points lower that that valuation. However, the Virgin Atlantic award chart has some killer sweet spots that could make the promotion worth it.
How to Redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points
In our view, the Virgin Atlantic program has 2 great sweet spots that travelers looking to use their hard-earned miles can take advantage of.
The first is booking Delta One business class tickets between the U.S. and Europe for 50,000 points each way, which is a fraction of what Delta would charge using its own SkyMiles program. Purchasing 50,000 points would cost you $1,050, a great deal as Delta regularly charges 2x to 3x that price for these tickets.
Another phenomenal redemption is booking ANA first class tickets from the west coast of the U.S. to Japan for 55,000 points, or from the east coast of the U.S. to Japan for 60,000 points. Purchasing these points would cost $1,150, and $1,250, respectively. This is an absurdly good deal when you consider that ANA often charges $10,000+ for these long-haul first class tickets.
All of that said, keep in mind that Virgin Atlantic is a transfer partner of several programs including, Amex Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Marriott Bonvoy. For those who have a large balance of points in one or more of these programs, you’d be much better off transferring points to book your reward.
As with most point purchase promotions, whether this is a good deal depends on your situation and how you plan to redeem the points. For those who are interested in taking advantage of the promotion, make sure to do so before it ends on November 18, 2022.
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