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This used to be a big no, no. Now? I see opportunity.
I’m always looking for better ways to fly like a baller for fewer points. Last night I was fiddling around on SingaporeAir.com and came across a Virgin Atlantic chart that I’ve never seen before. That being said, I don’t regularly check SingaporeAir for Virgin Atlantic redemptions, so maybe it changed awhile ago, but I looked for other blogs reporting this and only came across old links to an inferior chart. It also states that this chart has been valid since August 1st, 2017. Let’s take a look at Singapore Airlines Krisflyer VERY ATTRACTIVE redemption options for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class.
The One Way Chart
- North America to Europe for 50k Singapore Krisflyer. That’s fantastic ( compares to 47.5k to 67.5k with Virgin and 85k with Delta – see below)
There is a Companion Roundtrip Chart as Well
Update – the value of a companion is iffy seeing as though you’d need a full fare upper class ticket to attach it to, but here’s the info.
- Must be Roundtrip. Must have Same itinerary as principal ticket
- Roundtrip North America to Europe for 75k
- Roundtrip Europe to Hong Kong for 105k
- Roundtrip Europe to South Africa for 90k
Terms and Conditions
How do these rates compare?
Here’s Virgin Atlantic’s Own redemption standard chart
Virgin’s rates from the U.S. vary from 95k roundtrip to 135k depending on where you originate in America. Singapore charges a flat 50k.
Delta charges 85k to Fly Virgin Upper Class from U.S. to London, and 80k London and Hong Kong
I called into to check Taxes and Fees.
The first rep that I spoke to said that points couldn’t be used to redeem Krisflyer on Virgin only earn. That’s wrong. I had her check and when she got back on the phone she confirmed that I was right and redemption was possible and that one way awards were also permitted. The only problem was that she couldn’t see any space available whatsoever. I asked about various dates that I saw as avail on both VA and Delta – none showed up. Very strange. Then I had her check a whole month’s worth of dates. No dice.
I’m planning on calling back when it’s not the middle of the night and having a rep manually punch in flight information, but it could be that Virgin blocks a lot of space from Singapore. Or…it could be that this is a fairly new or unusual ask for Singapore reps and that’s the reason for the kinks. Either way, I want to suss what the taxes and fees would be on various tickets to figure out if this, in fact, offers an attractive redemption alternative.