Here Is How Many Virgin Atlantic Points You’ll Need For Every El Al Route To And From Israel

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You can now redeem Virgin Atlantic points for El Al flights.

Award rates aren’t cheap, though with Alaska’s partnership with El Al going away at the end of July, it’s always good to have more options.

Virgin also often has 30% mileage transfer bonuses, which will help take some of the edge off these rates!

Booking via Virgin:

 

Booking via Alaska:

 

One bargain with Virgin points is booking infant lap child travel. You’ll pay just 1,000 points in coach, 2,000 points in premium, or 5,000 points in business class, each way, for an infant ticket.

Virgin Silver elites will get an extra checked suitcase.

Virgin Gold elites will get an extra checked suitcase, priority security, check-in, baggage, and boarding, and lounge access.

You can also earn Virgin points on El Al paid flights as follows:

 

Virgin Silver members will get 30% bonus points and Golds will get 60% bonus points. You can also earn tier points for El Al paid flights.

 

Here’s what a one-way flight to/from Tel Aviv will set you back in Virgin points:

  • Zone 1 (1-500 miles): 5.5K coach, 10K premium, 20K business.
    • Eilat, Larnaca, Paphos, Rhodes
  • Zone 2 (501-1,000 miles): 11K coach, 17K premium, 28K business.
    • Athens, Bucharest, Sofia, Tbilisi, Thessaloniki
  • Zone 3 (1,001-1,500 miles): 17.5K coach, 27K premium, 45K business.
    • Budapest, Chisinau, Dubai, Dubrovnik, Krakow, Rome, Tivat, Vienna
  • Zone 4 (1,501-2,250 miles): 26K coach, 32K premium, 70K business.
    • Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Liege, London/LHR, London/LTN, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Nice, Paris, Prague, Venice, Warsaw, Zurich
  • Zone 5 (2,251-3,000 miles): 31K coach, 41K premium, 80K business.
    • Casablanca, Delhi, Lisbon, Marrakech, Mumbai, Seychelles
  • Zone 6 (3,001-4,000 miles): 41K coach, 54K premium, 97K business.
  • Zone 7 (4,001-5,000 miles): 52K coach, 68K premium, 125K business.
    • Bangkok, Phuket
  • Zone 8 (5,001-6,000 miles): 62K coach, 84K premium, 150K business.
    • Boston, JFK, Miami, Newark, Tokyo
  • Zone 9 (6,001-7,000 miles): 73K coach, 97K premium, 175K business.
    • Fort Lauderdale, Miami
  • Zone 10 (7,001+ miles): 91K coach, 122K premium, 220K business.
    • Los Angeles

If you have problems typing in your desired airport you will need to click the location icon as shown below and manually search for your destination by country and state. If your destination still isn’t available you will have to call Virgin Atlantic to book award travel to that destination.

 

On the search page you can select one-way or round-trip, exact dates, flexible within 1 week, or within 5 weeks by changing the word “dates” in the URL to “calendar” on the award calendar search results page. You can also change the class of service by clicking on “Show advanced options.” When you are viewing the award calendar you can toggle it to show direct flights only.

Want to earn Virgin Atlantic points?

  • You can transfer AMEX, Chase, Capital One, Or Citi points to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio or Marriott points at a 60K:25K ratio. 
Capital One cards with transferable points include:
  • Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is offering 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4K in 3 months, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent on every purchase, $300 annual travel credit for bookings through Capital One Travel, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, Priority Pass Lounge membership, Hertz President's Circle status, free lounge access and status for free additional cardholders, transfer miles to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. $395 annual fee. Read more here.
  • Capital One Venture X Business is offering 150,000 bonus miles for spending $30K in 3 months, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent on every purchase, $300 annual travel credit for bookings through Capital One Travel, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, Enhanced Priority Pass Lounge membership, transfer miles to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. $395 annual fee. Read more here.
  • Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is offering 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4K in 3 months, plus 2 miles per dollar spent on every purchase, transfer points to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. $95 annual fee. Read more here. 
  • Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card is offering 20,000 bonus miles for spending $500 in 3 months, transfer miles to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. No annual fee.
  • Capital One Spark Miles for Business is offering 50,000 bonus miles for spending $4,500 in 3 months, 2 miles per dollar spent on every purchase, Global Entry/PreCheck, transfer miles to airlines and hotels, 5K MLB redemptions, and more. $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Capital One Spark Cash Plus is offering $1,200 cash back (convetible to 120,000 miles) for spending $30,000 in 3 months, 2% back everywhere, $40 MLB redemptions, annual fee refund when you spend $150K/year, and more. $150 annual fee.
If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has a 60K signup bonus for spending $4K in 3 months, earns 2.1 points per dollar on travel after the card's 10% anniversary bonus, 3.1 points per dollar on dining, streaming, and online groceries after the card's 10% anniversary bonus, has a $50 hotel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve® has a 60K signup bonus for spending $4K in 3 months, earns 3 points per dollar on dining/travel, has a $300 travel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.5 cents each for paid travel ($550 annual fee with $300 travel credit). Read more here.
  • HOT LIMITED TIME OFFER! Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card has a 120K signup bonus for spending $8K in 3 months, and earns 3 points per dollar on up to $150K of annual spending on shipping, advertising, and travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
  • Ink Business Cash® Credit Card has a 35K signup bonus for spending $3K in 3 months and another 40K signup bonus points for spending another $3K in 6 months for a total of 75,000 Chase Ultimate points, plus if you have a Chase business checking account open on the card's first anniversary you will get a 10% points bonus on all earnings from card spending, this card earns 5 points per dollar on the first $25,000 in combined purchases on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, and office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card has a 75K signup bonus for spending $6K in 3 months, and earns 1.5 points per dollar on business purchases ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through Chase Travel, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited® has a signup bonus that earns an extra 1.5% cash back in the form of 1.5 points per dollar everywhere on up to $20K of spending during your first year, on top of at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar (marketed as 5% cash back) on travel purchased through  Chase Travel℠, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to miles include, select benefits require enrollment via your AMEX account. Terms apply to offers on this page:
  • AMEX Blue Business Plus is offering a rare offer to earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership and offers 2 points per dollar spent on up to $50K spending annually 1 point per dollar thereafter, plus transfer points to airlines and hotels and keep AMEX points alive.  Read more here.
  • AMEX Platinum Business is offering a 150K bonus for spending $20,000 in 3 months and offers over $1,000 in annual credits, lounge access, and much more. Read more here.
  • AMEX Gold Business Card is offering a 70K bonus for spending $10,000 in 3 months and offers up to $240 in annual business credits, Walmart+ membership, up to 4 points per dollar spent, and more benefits. Read more here.
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express is offering a 80K bonus for spending $8,000 in 6 months and offers over $1,000 in annual credits, lounge access, and much more. Terms apply. Read more here.
  • American Express® Gold Card is offering a 60K bonus for spending $6,000 in 6 months and offers up to $240 in annual credits. Terms apply. Read more here. 
  • AMEX Green Consumer Card is offering a 40K bonus for spending $3,000 in 6 months and offers up to $189 in annual CLEAR Plus® credits, $100 LoungeBuddy credit, plus transfer points to airlines and hotels and keep AMEX points alive.
  • AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card is offering a 15K bonus for spending $2,000 in 6 months and offers 4.5 points per dollar on up to $6K in annual groceries when you use card 30 times that month, plus transfer points to airlines and hotels and keep AMEX points alive.
  • AMEX Everyday Consumer Card is offering a 10K bonus for spending $2,000 in 6 months and offers 2.4 points per dollar on up to $6K in annual groceries when you use card 20 times that month, plus transfer points to airlines and hotels and keep AMEX points alive. All information about the AMEX Green, AMEX Everyday Preferred, AMEX Everyday has been collected independently by DansDeals.

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38 Comments On "Here Is How Many Virgin Atlantic Points You’ll Need For Every El Al Route To And From Israel"

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joel

with 30 % transfer bonus they often have. it is not a terrible deal, considering alaska partnership is ending, delta baically require round trip, qantas blocks most availbility, etihad charge more…

using the same math 65k for premium is decent. 115k business not quite

Dani

Attempting to searching available reward flights from jfk-tlv and nothing is coming up. What am I doing wrong?

Itzik

same here.

yitzchok

maybe your trying round trip.
seems like you have to search one way.

Emgee

Is this equivalent to the Alaska/etihad availability or Qantas ?

CK

Same availability as Alaska/Delta

medstudentgnd

i purchased KLM award flights for virgin atlantic metal with connection the flight between went from 2 hours to 7 hours, KLM customer services terrible, any ideas?

Yh

If I’m flying Elal and continuing with virgin Atlantic do I get points with Elal ? Virgin? Or both?

David

I booked this type of connection through delta award, on El Al I earned diamond’s + points and on virgin only tier points.

BG

Wow. Disappointing redemption options. For biz, that’s a minimum equivalent of $4,500 in cash based on 1.5 cents/point when transferring to Virgin (disregarding the frequent transfer bonuses). Maybe a decent deal for JFK-LHR, where taxes on Virgin metal are very high, but that’s ALOT of points each way.

Shmuli

Will this work with companion offer ?

ELI

I have the same question. I guess there is only one way to find out… Whoever books first should let everyone else know.

darth

Isnt that just for Virgin metal?

Chaim

No companion offer is only on virgin metal

Chaim

Any DP whether they have availability like Alaska and Etihad?

CK

Same availability as Alaska/Delta

Dani

Can one fly TLV-LHR-JFK and earn matmid points?

Schneur

Idk any decent redemption I’ve ever seen with Virgin points always had a million dollars in fees

Chaim

fees are very low on partner flights (except AF/ klm) ie. delta Ita ANA etc.

GUWonder

I have used VS for cheap US-departing DL long-haul flights. Things like 30k VS points + $5.60 or so for the very same DL flights where DL wanted over 100k DL miles + $5.60 or so.

sm

are all the 30% bonuses over?

Chaim

Are the cheaper award options for El Al elsewhere?

JR

Lax :/

yitzchok

im finding plenty of availability

Judy

Doesn’t seem the 30% chase transfer bonus is still available. Expired on 6/14. This post was written 6/19. Am I missing some info? Do these bonus transfers happen frequently?

AAA

Any idea when we will be able to book ELAL with flying blue points. and how many points will it cost nyc-tlv?

Erez

This is a huge inflation over the Alaska rates, but much easier to get Virgin points than Alaska. May this be our only problems in life.

Shia

Where can I search which dates are available business on Alaska?

Sam

If I book elal Business class on Alaska how do I/Can i add a lap infant?

Know nothing

Good luck!!! They’ll keep blaming it on each other!!! Speaking from experience

Shia

Which points can be transferred to Alaskan?

rena

I booked a El al reward flight on Alaska for January How can I change the date

Yanky

Will the ticket expire? or Alaska will stop to sell Elal Flights?

JZ

I just booked a round trip on elal from tlv to jfk through delta for 2 weeks in july for 108,000 delta points which is more then the 86000 (after the 30% bonus of course) that it would cost through virgin so it doesnt seem like such a bad deal

Ly18

make that 96k with the transfer bonus

Sam

@dan, @jj

If I book an Elal Business class on Alaska how do I/Can i add a lap infant?

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