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1. Bank of America Virgin Atlantic with 50,000 Miles. Via Miles Abound, the 50,000 mile Virgin Atlantic card from Bank of America is back. You get 20,000 miles after your first purchase, another 25,000 miles after spending $2,500 within 3 months, and 5,000 miles for adding 2 authorized users. The card has a $90 fee which is not waived for the first year.
I’ve written about the card before, and despite the recent Hilton devaluations, I would still apply for the card and transfer the 50,00 Virgin Atlantic miles to 100,000 Hilton points. You have to call Virgin Atlantic to transfer the miles to Hilton points and transfers take 2 to 3 weeks.
100,000 Hilton points used to get you 2 nights at a top tier hotel, but now it could only be 1 night. But it is still much, much less than paying the retail price. And you could get more nights if you redeem for lower category Hilton hotels.
This card pairs well with the 2 free weekend nights from the Citi Hilton Reserve because you can use the 100,000 points from the Virgin Atlantic card to book additional nights besides the 2 free weekend nights from the Citi Hilton Reserve. You also get Hilton gold elite status which means free breakfast and internet!
Another good use of Virgin Atlantic points could be to redeem for Upper Class (Business Class) flights on Virgin Atlantic. But you will pay fuel surcharges of ~$1,100 per flight, so may not be worth it to many folks.
You earn an extra 7,500 miles when you spend $15,000 a year and another 7,500 miles when you spend $25,000 a year.
This is misleadingly described as “Earn up to 15,000 additional bonus miles upon anniversary” in the marketing materials, which neglects to mention that you have to spend $25,000 to get those extra “anniversary” 15,000 miles.
Emily and I have both had this card more than once to keep our business and personal expenses separate!
2. AMEX Business Rewards Gold with 75,000 Points. Many thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Jesson for sharing a link to an American Express Business Gold card with 75,000 points after spending $5,000 within 3 months. [Offer has expired]
The terms suggest that the offer is valid until February 20, 2014. And the link suggests that the card could be a targeted offer.
My affiliate link is for ZERO points, so I don’t post about it, and the limited time offers usually have a $10,000 spending requirement.
So spending $5,000 for a potential 75,000 points is a good deal in comparison. At the very least, you can get $750 in travel if you use the American Express “Pay with Points” and potentially more if you transfer them to select airlines and hotels.
However, this isn’t my affiliate link, so take LOTS of screenshots before applying for the card. American Express has been known to deny bonuses if you applied for a card without receiving a targeted offer.
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