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Yes, you read that right.
Looking to fly like a rockstar, but get a damn good deal? This may be the time to pony up those taxes and fees ( $500 ), and fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class for just 37k Amex points. How? By using great rates on Virgin’s own chart and teaming that with an amazing Amex transfer bonus.
American Express is currently offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic. While there’s been much fanfare about using Virgin to access ANA First Class roundtrip for 85k points, or Delta Suites for 39k, we’d be remiss not to mention using Virgin points to fly on Virgin itself. It is arguably the coolest and sexiest way to fly across the pond…and their lounge is pretty epic too.
The Math: 37k * 1.3 = 48,100.
Here’s a look at a 5 week calendar from JFK to LHR – just an example. Look at all those 47.5 dates. Yes fees are high…but points are looooooooow. Compare with Delta ( 75k one way )
And these aren’t just for single passenger tickets…plenty of the dates have 2+ seats
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
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.
- 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
- $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.