• Aditya Bagaria

Best Virgin Atlantic Flying Club redemptions!

Delta Airlines:

Here is Virgin’s award chart for Delta Airlines. The rates listed above are for round-trip tickets. One-way’s require half the miles.

  1. The US to Europe/Europe to the US: At 50,000 miles one-way per ticket, Delta’s business class is a steal. This rate even beats Avianca’s LifeMiles rate for one-way trips to Europe in the front of the aircraft!

  2. The US to Asia/Asia to the US: At 60,000 miles one-way per ticket, going across the Pacific from the States is a great deal. If you can get a seat on Delta’s Delta One Suites, that is even better. Flights to Japan are an especially good redemption, especially during cherry blossom season!

  3. Contiguous US: At a flat rate of 12,500 miles one-way, a transcontinental trip (ex. from Seattle to Boston) makes this rate an amazing price – especially when considering that tickets can cost over $500 in the peak summer season!

All Nippon Airways (ANA):

Here is Virgin’s award chart for ANA. The rates listed above are for round-trip tickets. One way’s require half the miles.

  1. Japan-Western USA: At 55,000 miles one-way for a first-class seat on ANA, the deal just doesn’t get much better than this. Virgin requires a round-trip booking, so you the total would cost 110,000 if you are traveling between the West Coast and Japan, but even still most programs offer first class at 110,000 points one-way; Virgin gives a roundtrip for the same price!

The cost is 10,000 miles more if you travel to the Midwest or the Eastern United States; however, the deal remains the same.

Air New Zealand:

Here is Virgin’s award chart for Air New Zealand. The rates listed above are for round-trip tickets. One-way’s require half the miles.

  1. New Zealand to North/South America: At 62,500 one-way, this is a steal. This flight is over 14 hours long and in the stunning Air New Zealand business class product. This rate is so cheap, that I am hard-pressed to find another program that beats, or even matches, this rate.

Bottom Line:

Virgin Atlantic has fantastic redemption options. Keep in mind that American Express usually runs a 30% bonus on transfers to Virgin Atlantic around the May-June timeframe. That can amplify earnings even further! This is a great program with fantastic redemptions!

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