Update: The 30% transfer bonus ends today. The stackable 30% Virgin Atlantic coach redemption is no longer live, but it will be back in the future. However the best uses of points are likely on partner carriers like Delta or Virgin America.
Originally posted on 5/3:
This offer expires 5/31/16.
Virgin Atlantic miles never expire as long redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 36 months.
I’m not a big fan of Virgin Atlantic miles as their premium class awards are expensive and have high fuel surcharges, but they do have their uses.
You can search mileage requirements for Virgin Atlantic flights on their homepage without logging in.
-A one-way ticket from JFK to London is 12,250 miles+$134.60 (normally 17.5K miles). That’s about 9,423 AMEX points.
-A one-way ticket from Los Angeles to London is 14,875 miles+$134.60 (normally 21,250 miles).. That’s about 11,442 AMEX points.
But it’s the return ticket from London that gets slammed with the fuel surcharges and UK APD.
-A one-way ticket from London to JFK is 12,250 miles+$313.06.
-A one-way ticket from London to Los Angeles is 14,875 miles+$313.06.
You can also book travel on Virgin Atlantic partners. Though you need to call to book partner award travel.
Their Delta award chart is pretty good though Delta saver award space is notoriously stingy.
There are no fuel surcharges for Delta flights. You can only redeem for a round-trip ticket on Delta.
You can fly in coach from the US to South America for just 45K miles round-trip (about 34,615 AMEX points) or from the US to Europe for 60K miles round-trip (about 46,153 AMEX points). You can fly in business from the US to South America for just 90K miles round-trip (about 69,230 AMEX points) or from the US to Europe for 100K miles round-trip (about 76,923 AMEX points).
Domestic first class on Delta is just 45K miles round-trip (about 34,615 AMEX points).
There are no fuel surcharges for Virgin America flights.
A one-way from LA to San Francisco is 5K miles (about 3,846 AMEX points) plus $5.60. A one-way from JFK, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Philadelphia, or Washington DC to LA or San Francisco is 12.5K miles (about 9,615 AMEX points) plus $5.60 in coach or 37.5K miles (about 28,846 AMEX points) plus $5.60 in first class.
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The Everyday Preferred card awards 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 2.5 points per dollar on Uber, 3 points per dollar on gas, and 4.5 points per dollar on groceries if you make 30 transactions per month. It has a $95 annual fee.
The EveryDay card awards 1.2 points per dollar everywhere, 2.2 points per dollar on Uber, and 2.4 points per dollar on groceries if you make 20 transactions per month. It’s the only no annual-fee card that can directly transfer points into miles.
You can also earn Membership Rewards points from consumer charge cards like the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express, and from business charge cards like the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Charge Card or The Business Platinum Card.
The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express has no annual fee and a limited time increased signup bonus. It earns a generous 1.3 points per dollar everywhere, but you’ll need one of the membership rewards cards listed above to transfer points from that card into airline miles.