[Ends Today!] Transfer Capital One Points To Virgin Atlantic And Get A 30% Bonus: Book Discounted Delta Awards, Incredible ANA First Class Bargains, And More!

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Update, 3/31: The Capital One 30% transfer bonus offer ends today!

Update, 3/18: The Citi 30% transfer bonus offer ends today!

Update, 3/7: Virgin Atlantic has just devalued their ANA partner award chart without notice. It had been one of the great bargains with miles.

A first class award between Hawaii and Japan has gone up from 45K to 57.5K miles each way. A first class award between the US west coast and Japan has gone up from 55K to 72.5K miles each way. A first class award between the US east coast and Japan has gone up from 60K to 85K miles each way.

That’s still less than the 110K Air Canada miles or 121K United miles for those routes, but unlike Virgin Atlantic those airlines don’t pass on fuel surcharges, allow online booking, and allow tag-on flights to and from other destinations. 

It’s another reminder why I also suggest keeping miles as bank points and only transferring to airlines on demand when needed.

Surprisingly, business class rates haven’t gone up. A business class award between Hawaii and Japan is 35K miles each way. A business class award between the US west coast and Japan is 45K miles each way. A business class award between the US east coast and Japan is 47.5K miles each way.

Update, 3/1: Capital One just added the same 30% transfer bonus through 3/31. Read the post below to learn how to capitalize on this promotion!


Originally posted on 2/20/23:

You can login here get a 30% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Virgin Atlantic until 3/18. The points typically transfer instantly at a 1K:1.3K ratio with this promo.

Virgin Atlantic points never expire!

In general, Virgin Atlantic charges high fuel surcharges that kill the value of many of their awards.

Note that you can save big by booking travel as 2 one-way trips from the US, instead of a round-trip. Fuel surcharges for one-way or round-trip travel originating in Israel are also very low.

However they charge low mileage rates and are currently offering 30% off many awards. That will stack nicely with this 30% transfer bonus.

You may even save more by calling Virgin Atlantic at 800-365-9500 and asking for a companion discount.

You can hold award tickets for 3 days.

Flying on Delta:

There are some notable sweet spots on partner airlines:

Virgin Atlantic points can be a bargain for flying on Delta. They also can book saver award space, even when there’s none available on Delta.com!

Click here to access the Virgin Atlantic award booking page.

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.

If the option to search for points isn’t available you also may need to try selecting another airport, click on pay with points, and then switch the airport. For example NYC to LAX didn’t work for me at first, but I switched the destination to San Francisco, clicked on pay with points, and then switched back to Los Angeles.

On the search page you can select one-way or round-trip, exact dates, flexible within 1 week, or within 5 weeks. 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.

You generally won’t want to use Virgin points for Delta flights to the UK, as they tack on fuel surcharges.

However you can fly on Delta to the rest of Europe for just 30K points in coach or 50K points in business class each way.



For the rest of the world besides Europe, Virgin has a distance based award chart for travel on Delta:

You can check what a ticket will cost by checking the distance between city pairs on GCmap.com.

For example a flight from Cleveland to NYC will be 7.5K Virgin points in main cabin (under 6K Citi points) or 17.5K in first class (under 14K Citi points) with this is a zone 1 award as the flight distance between Cleveland and NYC is under 500 miles.

 

Vs 14K in main cabin with Delta miles or 22.5K in first class with Delta miles:

 

Detroit to NYC is also a zone 1 award.

 

 

JFK to Tel Aviv costs 35K points each way in coach as a zone 8 award. That’s under 27K Citi points!


Similar to BA Avios, you have to pay for each segment separately.

That means if I want to fly from Cleveland to Tel Aviv via JFK, it will cost 42.5K points (35K for JFK-TLV+7.5K for CLE-JFK):

 

Infant lap child awards on international flights are a bargain. While Delta charges 10% of the paid fare, which can be astronomical on one-way flights, Virgin charges just 1,000 points in coach or 5,000 points in business class each way:

 


Flying on ANA:

ANA is an incredible Japanese airline with great first class suites that have very comfortable beds and amazing service. I reviewed them here towards the end of the 4th part of my Island Hopper adventure.

 

ANA whisky offering from Tokyo to JFK, May 2015

 

You only need 110K Virgin Atlantic points to fly round-trip from the west coast to Japan or 120K points to fly round-trip from the east coast to Japan in first class.

Virgin Atlantic now allows for one-way travel for half the round-trip rate in the chart below!


That means you only need 55K Virgin points to fly one-way from the west coast to Japan or 60K points to fly one-way from the east coast to Japan in first class.

Compare that to 121K United points for the one-way flight!

Unfortunately, you do need to call Virgin Atlantic to book travel on ANA at 800-365-9500. You can search for ANA award space on United.com.

You can fly in ANA first class to Tokyo/Narita from Chicago, Houston, JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington DC.

You can fly in ANA first class to Tokyo/Haneda from Chicago, JFK, or Los Angeles.

Search for first class saver awards on United.com to TYO and then call Virgin Atlantic to book:


They have introduced new first class suites and business class suites that look amazing!

New ANA First, with a 43″ 4K LED, a door for privacy, windows, and more:

ANA New First Class

 

The middle seats have a partition for privacy that goes up and down so that companions can talk to each other:


New ANA business:

 

Business class is staggered with forward and rear facing seats that also have privacy doors and middle partitions and go up and down:

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. You will soon be able to transfer Capital One points at a 1:1 ratio as well.

AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points include:

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 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 75K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Ink Unlimited has a 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($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 the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited® has a signup bonus offering 3 points per dollar on up to $20K of spending in your first 12 month, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.

If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:

  • Citi Premier has a 60,000 point bonus for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $95 annual fee. Read more here.

Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 points per dollar spent everywhere that can be transferred into ThankYou points. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Custom Cash Card offers 5 points per dollar on up to $500 in purchases in your top eligible spending category each billing cycle. This is marketed as 5% cash back, but will actually come in the form of 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent! Eligible categories include Restaurants, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Select Travel, Select Transit, Select Streaming Services, Drugstores, Home Improvement Stores, Fitness Clubs, and Live Entertainment. You will also get 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 20,000 points for spending $1,500 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee. Read more here.

Capital One cards with transferable points include:

Marriott cards with transferable points include:

Will you transfer points from Citi to Virgin Atlantic to take advantage of this bonus? What other award sweet spots do you take advantage of?

HT: lakewood34, via DDF

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45 Comments On "[Ends Today!] Transfer Capital One Points To Virgin Atlantic And Get A 30% Bonus: Book Discounted Delta Awards, Incredible ANA First Class Bargains, And More!"

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Mike

Every flight I click on from my phone browser tells me there are no award flight available. I check multiple dates and cities. I looked at jfk to cle, jfk to Mia, jfk to fco, jfk to mxp. I checked every day next month. Does that make sense?

Zali

Companion discount? Please, tell us more

Yochai

I’ve read about it online, but reps had no idea what I’m talking about. At least as of last summer when it was first publicized.

Danfan

You need a virgin credit card to get a companion

JSo

Why do I see only the Virgin options at the link to book partner airlines>Delta, no Delta flights, just a single page chart, fuel surcharges $4-500? Am I missing something?

Zach

same here

helo

dan, do you know if i can book thru virgin , delta or other domestic flights in usa like miami to nyc etc?

Christopher Garby

Can’t currently transfer points, Citi is having issues, told me to call back in a few days they are working on it.

Avi

Dan, what do you value a TYP, in regard to selling.

Newbie

Thanks Dan for all your great tips! I just called and asked for companion discount. The rep gave me half off the miles for my wife’s ticket. And I do not have their cc.

Newbie

I’m flying tlv to jfk with stop in lhr. Flying premium economy for 49720 miles plus $409 in fees for me and my wife.

Leibl

Does anyone know if I can transfer from my wives Citi account to my own virgin account, will the transfer get stuck?

Chaya

Thank you Dan! I booked flights to Israel for the summer, I called for a companion discount and they gave half the points off one of my kids. I do not have a CC with them.

Stuart

I am getting fuel surcharges of $250+ (one way jfk-tlv)
What am i doing wrong?

Zack

Nothing. That’s what they charge

Stuart

on Dans examples above, they seem to have fees of $5 or so

Zack

Those are examples of Delta flights bookable with Virgin because Saver award space was available. Virgin charges hefty fees for flights in their own metal

Lil chumazsch

Does companion have to be a relative?

Allen

I have no specific travel plans at the moment. Does it makes sense to move my Capital One Points to Virgin to get the 30% discount when I need it, or am I limiting myself. I live in Israel, so good chance that I will have a few Tel Aviv to US trips coming

Zack

You’re limiting yourself

Anonymous

Dan, I’m seeing availability on deltas site for direct from Tlv to jfk but it is not showing on virgin I called them as well and that did not help. Anyway to get this?

Zack

No. Clearly there’s no delta saver space available then

Pam

Searching on a laptop, but every destination I try gives me this error even though I have flexible dates checked! ” Sorry, no reward flights are available for your search, some flights don’t operate every day. Try selecting flexible dates to see more availability.#101638_A”. I’m searching JFK to Europe (tried multiple cities)

What the heck am I doing wrong?

Zack

Nothing. Clearly there’s no delta saver space available then

Shua

How come the direct Delta flight from BOS to SAN doesn’t show up on Virgin’s portal?

Zack

Because there’s no delta saver space available on the days you’re looking at

Tuckster

The examples of flights shown in the post above are all from last year. Most are over a year old. Not seeing those types of USA-Europe vice-versa mileage rates?

David R

If using Virgin Atlantic miles to book a Delta flight, can you then attach the Delta Skymiles number to get a free checked bag using the Delta Amex credit card benefit? If so, do you have to pay fees with the Delta Amex?

Zack

Yes you can and no your don’t

Zalman

My daughter is planning on going to sem in Israel for 2023/2024 school year, WGH. Does it male sense to transfer points now?

Danfan

Dan, a word about citi to lifemiles 20% bonus please

Aaron

I searched many many dates and there aren’t any Delta nonstop flights TLV-NYC available through Virgin

Jimmy

I’ve never been able to find business or first availability on ana from NYC. Has anyone…?

Moshiach770

Im so pissed. I specifically transferred enough points for round trip east cost to TYO in F during a %30 transfer bonus from amex around 6 months ago. I was waiting for Japan to open back up and then shortly after when it did I ended up procrastinating on booking something and now this happens. They should of at least gave 2 weeks notice. רשעים ארורים

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