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Citi ThankYou Rewards is running a promotion offering a 30% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin Atlantic through June 22, 2019. With only a few days left to take advantage of the deal, we've put together a short summary of some of the top redemptions to book through Virgin Flying Club.
- Transfer points by 11:59 PM ET on June 22, 2019.
- Receive a 30% bonus when you transfer to Virgin Atlantic.
- Receive 1,300 Flying Club miles for every 1,000 ThankYou points.
- The bonus is hardcoded into the transfer ratio.
- Not all Citi ThankYou earning cards can transfer to partners. The Citi Premier® Card or the Citi Prestige® Card are the two most common options.
Virgin Atlantic Partner Airlines
Though Virgin Atlantic is not in an alliance, it has partnerships with these eleven airlines:
- Air China
- Air France
- Air New Zealand
- Hawaiian Airlines
- SAS Scandinavian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- Virgin Australia
Using Flying Club Miles
These partnerships provide many opportunities to redeem Flying Club miles and unlock tremendous value, especially with the 30% transfer bonus. Sweet spots include:
ANA First Class from Western USA to Japan
A roundtrip flight in ANA’s first class cabin from the Western USA to Tokyo only requires 110,000 Flying Club points (~85,000 ThankYou points when taking into account the transfer bonus). From Central USA to Tokyo, the same flight will cost 120,000 Flying Club points (~93,000 ThankYou points). One-way flight rewards are not allowed. Although there isn’t a clear distinction on Virgin’s website identifying which states fall into Western/Central/Eastern, it is worth calling the airline to confirm.
Here is the Flying Club award chart with ANA:
Delta One Business Class from the U.S. to Europe
If you have travel to Europe coming up this summer, this is a good bonus to jump on. Virgin Atlantic only requires 100,000 points to fly roundtrip from the U.S. to Europe in Delta’s business-class cabin. When taking into account the transfer bonus, you only need to transfer ~77,000 ThankYou points for this redemption. Comparatively, United charges between 120,000-140,000 MileagePlus miles for a roundtrip flight in its Polaris business-class product, and American Airlines requires 115,000 AAdvantage miles in business class. Even without the 30% transfer bonus, this redemption with Virgin Atlantic is a great value if you can find availability.
Here's the Flying Club award chart with Delta:
This is a solid transfer bonus from Citi. Given that American Express is running a similar 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic, there is ample opportunity to take advantage of partner airline sweet spots. If you don’t have upcoming travel plans, a speculative transfer is not a good bet. You never know if a devaluation is around the corner, (as we saw with British Airways in May) so it’s best to hold on to your ThankYou points. However, if you have a specific redemption in mind, this bonus can make a lot of sense.
Furthermore, Virgin Atlantic allows you to put a reservation on hold for 24-72 hours (depending on the agent you get on the phone), which makes it possible to lock in your reservation before you make the transfer. Generally, transfers from ThankYou rewards will post to your Flying Club account instantly.
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