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Transfer bonuses are the time to pull the trigger
American Express has a great list of transfer partners which unlock a bevy of incredible redemption options. Periodically, Amex will offer up transfer bonuses that sweeten the deal. Currently, there is a Amex to Virgin Atlantic 30% transfer bonus. Let’s take a look at how this could be advantageous to your future travel goals.
We see this transfer bonus occur at least once a year, sometimes more, and 30% is nearly the highest I can remember ( I believe it’s hit 35% as an all-time high). Virgin Atlantic is a program that many overlook because of Virgin’s high taxes and fees, but there are some really attractive opportunities if you know where to look.
We used Virgin Atlantic Miles twice in the past year, and once to fly their new A350 Upper Class ( Our written review here). Only 37k points with this promo. You’ll pay a ton in taxes and fees, but it’s a great way to fly!
Amex to Virgin Atlantic 30% Transfer bonus runs until 12/28/19
Let’s look at some Virgin Atlantic Redemption Sweet Spots
Delta One for just 39k Points to/from Europe and the USA
You can see a promotional photo of the suite alongside the calendar, and what a specific day looks like. These are bookable on Virgin Atlantic. I’d advise searching on Delta since the Virgin site is relatively clunky ( just specify non-stop on the routes you’re wishing to find Delta space on )
Make sure that the plane you select features the new product. You can double check this on the Delta site. Look for the icons “suite” “new interior” and the small image referring to the product flown. This is a 772 that features the new Suites.
47k Membership Rewards to fly Delta One Suites from MSP to HND
Searching may require a slight work-a-round to find. The workaround is to search any route, and then once the random results populate, go to refine search and enter in the routes you’d like ( MSP to HND). There is a little icon above each search box. Click it and search via Country, etc. It’ll work. As you can see, prices are 60k one way, and with the transfer bonus, you’ll only need to use 47k Membership Rewards to populate your Virgin Atlantic account with the 60k needed.
This is an example from the past when they released a lot of space, but not currently what’s available. Purely for illustration purposes.
Let’s talk about ANA First class starting at 85k ROUNDTRIP
This is no joke. Using Virgin Atlantic miles for ANA first class is one of the best redemptions in the sky. 110k from the West Coast, and 120k from Chicago and the East Coast. This amounts to just 85/95k Membership rewards to fly roundtrip in First Class. Unreal deal.
The best way to search is using United. Specify direct routing.There’s lots of avail from LAX to HND in business and first.
Currently, ANA is operating their new business and first class on the NYC route. It looks absolutely next level and those who have flown it regard it as one of the best in the sky.
These are just a few examples that I find most attractive, but certainly not an exhaustive list. If you’re thinking of taking a trip in the next year…I’d closely examine the offer and if you need help… We have an award booking service to assist 🙂
*feature image courtesy of Delta.com
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