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30% transfer bonus Citi Thank You to Virgin Atlantic
Transfer bonuses are the time to pull the trigger. Virgin Atlantic is a program many overlook because of the heavy surcharges, but it’s also one I’ve taken advantage of a lot over the past year. Virgin Atlantic award flights earn you Tier Points and can ultimately qualify you for status if you do it enough ( I’ll earn Virgin Silver, and SkyTeam Elite as a result of my Virgin flights this year ).
ALSO – DO NOT TRANSFER WITHOUT SEEING A FLIGHT YOU WANT TO BOOK. Transfers are one way and irreversible.
30% Transfer bonus runs until 3/16/24
Flying Virgin Atlantic with miles
Virgin Atlantic is a very sleek, sexy, and stylish way to fly. The biggest problem? The surcharges are just outrageous. With that being said, Virgin committed in 2022 to release 2 award seats per flight. So… you can often find award space and if you’re booking last minute flights, it’s still a good deal when comparing to cash rates ( most of the time ).
I’ve flown the A350 many times and it’s a very solid product. My biggest gripe is the lack of storage in the seat, so personally I prefer other carriers, but I still fly it usually once or twice a year since we travel to London quite often. A new seat to keep an eye on is the A330-neo which offers their latest seat configuration and seems like a nice improvement. Avoid the old A330s tho…a quite inferior business class.
The A350-1000 on Virgin Atlantic
Let’s look at the Delta Suite 47k option.
I was fortunate enough to book this deal from London to Atlanta last year – it’s a bit of a unicorn booking so don’t count on finding it consistently.
Let’s talk about ANA First class starting at 115k ROUNDTRIP
This is no joke. Using Virgin Atlantic miles for ANA first class is one of the best redemptions in the sky. 145k from the West Coast, and 170k from Chicago and the East Coast, and 115k from Hawaii
The best way to search is using United. Specify direct routing.There’s lots of avail from LAX to HND in business and first.
It’s a wonderfully reviewed product and I’m looking forward to flying it soon!
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- 2x on all other travel
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.