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If you missed it, Virgin Atlantic has been running a limited time, one week only, 50% bonus on their miles. Let’s dig into the deal, whether it’s right for you, some attractive redemptions, and how pricing could vary depending on where you live. Ending today, you can buy Virgin Atlantic Miles with up to a 50% bonus.
As I always say…don’t buy miles speculatively. Make sure you’ve crunched the numbers and optimally have a redemption in mind.
Here’s a quick look at the tiered offer:
- Buy 5,000 – 9,999 miles get a 15% Bonus
- Buy 10,000 – 29,999 miles get a 20% Bonus
- Buy 30,000 – 69,999 miles get a 30% Bonus
- Buy 70,000 – 100,000 miles get a 40% Bonus
- Buy 101,000 – 150,000 miles get a 50% Bonus
- Must be purchased by Feb 16th
- Up to a 50% bonus when you purchase a max of 150k miles
- Miles are good for 3 years
Why would you buy miles?
Personally I think using Virgin Miles on partners like ANA are by far the best usage. I’ve redeemed on Virgin itself, but the taxes and fees are terribly hard to swallow. For instance, I paid nearly $600 in surcharges for fly their new A350 from NYC to London. Here’s a few redemption options that could be attractive depending on your situation.
ANA award chart:
These numbers are roundtrip. Roundtrip in business to east or west coast runs you 95k and 90k, respectively. ANA is in the process of solely operating it’s newest business class cabin on the route, The Room. It looks absolutely epic.
UK account holder ( see below for more information )
- 1.3 cents a point
- Roundtrip Biz to Japan from East Coast = $1235 + surcharges
- Roundtrip First to Japan from East Coast = $1560
US Account holders
- 1.8 cents a point
- R/T Biz Japan East Coast = $1710
- R/T First Japan East Coast = $2160
Also…Virgin announced earlier this week that you can use miles on KLM and Air France.
You can use Virgin miles to fly Delta for cheaper than you could on Delta. Keep an eye out of their newest Delta One suite, but often you can find it for just 50k points from the States to Europe.
While you’ll pay hefty taxes and fees. It is quite a cool way to fly, and rates can be quite attractive. You’ll often see 47.5k redemption levels between the East Coast and London and plenty of award space. Don’t forget you can now fly Virgin to Israel and rates are very attractive.
How many miles can I buy?
Max is 225k including the 50% bonus, or 150k without bonus
Is this the best pricing?
The pricing favors UK account holders vs US account holders, but I don’t ever remember seeing a bonus higher than 50%. But there is a big difference depending on where your account is based…check it out:
Maxing out the deal
- UK account at 225k points = £2265 ( $2944 ) or 1.3 cents a point
- US account at 225k points = $4075 or 1.8 cents
As you can see, the deal is significantly more advantageous for UK account holders than US.
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