Last week I wrote about some of the bargains when using their points on ANA and Delta.
DDF member Yaalili points out that travel on Jet Airways is also a bargain. Here is the Virgin Atlantic award chart for flying on Jet Airways.
Their most interesting route to me is their 5th Freedom flight between Toronto and Amsterdam on the Boeing 777-300ER (77W). That plane features 8 first class suites with doors and 49 business class seats in a 1-2-1 herringbone direct aisle access configuration.
Jet Airways 77W first class suite with the doors open:
Jet Airways 77W business class:
Jet also flies the 77W from Delhi to Amsterdam, London, and Hong Kong and from Mumbai to Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, and Paris.
Between Toronto and Amsterdam, a one-way flight would cost 20.5K miles in coach, 41K miles in business, or 60K miles in first class suites. With the 30% bonus that’s like using 15,769 AMEX points in coach, 31,538 AMEX points in business class, or 46,154 AMEX points in first class suites.
There are no fuel surcharges on Jet Airways awards. Taxes from Toronto to Amsterdam are about $40.
A one-way coach ticket would cost $553, imputing a value of 3.25 cents per AMEX point after backing out the taxes. A one-way business class ticket would cost $4,084, imputing a value of 12.8 cents per AMEX point. A one-way first class suites ticket would cost $8,040, imputing a value of 17.8 cents per AMEX point.
If you want to bring a lap child, a one-way flight only costs 1K miles in coach, 5K miles in business, or 7k miles in first class suites for the infant.
Award availability in all classes is excellent. It was available on every date that I checked!
Rates between Hong Kong and India are the same as the rates between Toronto and Amsterdam.
Between Europe and India, a one-way flight would cost 27K miles in coach, 54K miles in business, or 81K miles in first class suites. With the 30% bonus that’s like using 20,769 AMEX points in coach, 41,538 AMEX points in business class, or 62,308 AMEX points in first class suites.
You must call Virgin Atlantic at 800-365-9500 to get them to price the award without the extra pricing for taking a connecting flight.
You can transfer points from AMEX to Virgin Atlantic at a 1K:1.3K ratio with the current promo, from Chase or Citi to Virgin Altantic at a 1K:1K ratio, from Starwood to Virgin Atlantic at a 20K:25K ratio, or from Starwood to Virgin Atlantic via Marriott at a 90K:120K ratio with 7 free hotel nights.
Transfers from AMEX and Chase are instant. Additionally, Virgin Atlantic phones agents can hold awards for a day or 2.
It’s worth noting that Jet Airways is planning on removing first class eventually, but they are still selling first class seats over the next year.
Will you transfer points from AMEX to Virgin Atlantic to take advantage of this bonus? Will you redeem for a Marriott travel package before they go away next week and transfer the miles to Virgin Atlantic? What other award sweet spots do you take advantage of?