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Chase Ultimate Rewards has a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, but it's ending on November 15, 2023. This transfer bonus offer is hardcoded, so you will receive 1,300 Virgin points for every 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points you transfer.
If this promotion sounds familiar, that could be because Chase offered this same transfer bonus back in June.
To see the latest offer, all you need to do is log into your Chase Ultimate Rewards account. Browse to the list of Ultimate Rewards transfer partners and scroll down to Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus Key Terms
- Receive a 30% bonus when you transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.
- The promotion is valid through November 15, 2023, at 11:59 EST.
- Transfers may take up to 7 days, but AwardWallet data points show that it's typically immediate.
- Transfers must be made in increments of 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points.
Maximizing Virgin Atlantic Points
Short-Haul Delta Awards
Virgin Flying Club now uses a distance-based award chart for Delta awards (excluding mainland Europe). That's bad news if you want to fly far. But it can be a great option for short-haul domestic awards.
Routes under 500 miles cost just 7,500 points. When AwardWallet dug into this sweet spot, we found 382 Delta routes that price at just 7,500 Virgin points. During this transfer bonus, you'll only need to transfer 6k Chase points to book one of them.
Delta routes between 501 and 1,000 miles cost just a bit more: 8,500 points. You can use this sweet spot to book expensive flights like Atlanta to Nassau, Bahamas:
You'll need to transfer just 7k Chase points to book that one-way award during this Virgin transfer bonus.
Delta One to Europe
In early 2021, Virgin Flying Club devalued its Delta award chart. The one sweet spot left untouched: award flights to mainland Europe. You can book nonstop Delta awards to Europe for 30,000 Virgin points in economy (meh) or 50,000 Virgin points in Delta One (awesome!).
For example, fly New York (JFK) to Berlin (BER) for 50,000 Virgin points plus just $5.60 in taxes and fees:
This business class sweet spot to Europe is even sweeter during this transfer bonus. You'll need to transfer just 39k Chase points to Virgin Flying Club to have enough points to book this award.
The catch? You gotta find nonstop business class award availability on Delta. That can be difficult, but we have a trick that you can use when searching Virgin Atlantic's website.
ANA Business and First Class to Japan
The standout sweet spot for Virgin Atlantic redemptions is one-way awards on ANA between Japan and the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. A glance at the Virgin Atlantic partner award chart for ANA, and you can see the value. Mind you, these are round-trip prices — not one-way:
That means one-way awards in ANA business class from Japan to Europe/Mexico/U.S. East Coast will set you back 47,500 Virgin points plus taxes and fees. The U.S. West Coast is slightly cheaper at 45,000 Virgin points one-way in ANA business class.
These awards can be an incredible value — especially with a transfer bonus. For a flight to the West Coast, you would need to transfer 35k Ultimate Rewards points using the promotion. If you are heading to the U.S. East Coast, Mexico, or Europe, you only need to transfer 37k points with the promotion. That is definitely an excellent use of your points.
ANA first-class awards are a bit more expensive after a March 2023 devaluation. However, they can still be a solid use of Virgin points. You'll need to transfer 56k Chase points to get enough Virgin points for a one-way ANA first-class award to the U.S. West Coast or 66k Chase points for Central/Eastern U.S.
|Route||Cabin||Virgin Points Needed|
|Point Transfer Needed|
(during 30% transfer bonus)
|Hawaii - Japan||ANA business class||35,000 Virgin points||27k points|
|U.S. West Coast - Japan||ANA business class||45,000 Virgin points||35k points|
|U.S. East Coast - Japan||ANA business class||47,500 Virgin points||37k points|
|Hawaii - Japan||ANA first class||57,500 Virgin points||45k points|
|U.S. West Coast - Japan||ANA first class||72,500 Virgin points||56k points|
|U.S. East Coast - Japan||ANA first class||85,000 Virgin points||66k points|
Virgin Atlantic Expiration Policy
Thankfully, Virgin Atlantic points do not expire! In addition to making this one of the changes when Virgin Atlantic revamped its program in 2020, the currency name of Flying Club miles was also changed to Virgin points.
Due to having no deadline, you can take advantage of this transfer bonus without having to worry about your points and miles expiring. Still, we only recommend transferring points if you have an immediate use in mind. After all, Virgin Atlantic has shown time and again that it won't provide notice before devaluing awards.
Boosting Your Virgin Atlantic Balance
Virgin Atlantic is one of the few carriers that is a transfer partner with almost every major points currency:
This wide range of transfer partners makes the Virgin Atlantic program an especially great option. You can consolidate balances from several programs into Virgin for a redemption.
Using one of Virgin Atlantic's sweet spots, this promotion can be very lucrative — especially if it lines up with your upcoming travel plans. Looking at your upcoming plans, if Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is an option, then this promotion is an excellent opportunity. This is doubly true if you can use it to top up your Virgin balance after consolidating some smaller orphan point balances from other currencies. Just remember that this transfer bonus ends on November 15.
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