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American Express is offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic through December 28, 2019. Virgin Atlantic is one of our favorite programs, thanks to a great lineup of partner airlines and competitive award pricing. With this limited-time deal, you can book some great trips with significantly fewer points than normal.
- 30% Bonus is valid for transfers through December 28, 2019
- Receive 1,300 Virgin miles for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points transferred
- The promotion is hard-coded at a ratio of 1:1.3
- Transfers must be completed in increments of 1,000 Membership Rewards; no limit on points transferred
Is It Worth It?
If you are after a specific redemption with Virgin Atlantic or one of its partners, then this transfer offer is one of your best options to boost your miles balance. Virgin Atlantic isn't a member of one of the global airline alliances, but their miles can be used to book flights operated by 11 partner airlines in addition to flights operated by Virgin itself.
Remember Virgin Atlantic is one of the few airline programs that partners with most of the transferable credit card rewards programs.
The links above will take you to our detailed guide on transfer partners for each program. If you'll looking for a quick summary, check out our guide to the best flexible rewards programs.
Before You Transfer
It’s generally a bad idea to transfer points without an immediate redemption in mind, since all frequent-flyer programs, including Virgin Atlantic, are subject to devaluations and other changes without notice. If you park all your points with Flying Club, they might be worth less by the time you get around to redeeming.
The other reason to do your homework before transferring is that Virgin and their partner airlines only offer a small percentage of their flights for bookings with points; just because you can buy a ticket with money doesn't mean it will be available as an award. If you need to go to Europe on a specific date, you might find that another Amex partner (like British Airways or Aeroplan) offers better itineraries. That said, if you're flush with Amex points, this is a great way to convert them into more Virgin miles than normal.
Transfer bonuses like this one aren’t especially rare, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen one from Amex to Virgin specifically. There are lots of great Amex transfer partners, so it’s worth looking at the other options before you commit.
The biggest downside to Virgin Atlantic awards is that they levy obnoxiously high fuel surcharges on their own flights, and they pass along most fees from partner airlines. This means you can pay hundreds of dollars in fees with some itineraries. However, Virgin often makes up for those higher out-of-pocket costs with dramatically cheaper mileage rates compared to the competition. You can also find taxes and fees as low as $5.60 with the right partner airline, so there are plenty of great deals if you use the right strategy. Check out our post on Virgin Atlantic booking sweet spots for a few of our favorites.
Are you planning to take advantage of this deal? Let us know in the comments.
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