A 30% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club from Chase and AMEX is available, although sweet spots and award availability aren't nearly as good as they used to be, so proceed with caution.
Chase Ultimate Rewards 30% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Get 30% Bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points when you transfer points through 11:59PM EST on June 15th, 2023. Bonus Points will be awarded by Virgin Atlantic Flying Club in your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account when your transfer is complete. Most point transfers process by the next business day, but may take up to 7 business days.
AMEX Membership Rewards 30% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Redeem for this exclusive offer from 12:00 a.m MT on 5/23/2023 to 11:59 p.m MT on 6/14/2023 to receive 30% additional Virgin Points. Generally, transfers are immediate but please allow up to 72 hours for the transfer to be completed.
Best Uses of Flying Club Points
By far the best use of Flying Club points used to be ANA First Class and ANA Business Class awards to and from Japan, but these redemptions have become incredibly scarce. Ditto for Delta Business Class awards between the U.S. and Europe: practically non-existent. It is still possible to find Air France Business Class awards, although note these will come with taxes/surcharges of ~$275 from New York JFK and ~EUR 400 from Paris CDG. On the other hand, we've seen fees as low as $151 one way for Air France Business Class LAX-CDG, although of course the redemption, if available, is more expensive, at 87,500 points each way. KLM Business Class is another possibility, which we've seen for 77,500 Flying Club points + $276 from LAX to Amsterdam AMS.
Taking into account these fees and the 30% transfer bonus, expect to get about 3 cents in value per AMEX point or Chase Ultimate Rewards point redeemed, which is solid if not spectacular. Most travelers will want to avoid redeeming for Virgin Atlantic metal, given the high (~$900 each way) fuel surcharges on routes to and from the UK.
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