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MileValue suggested that you may be able to book Virgin Atlantic award tickets with NO fuel surcharges if you use Hawaiian Airline miles.
I just booked a Virgin Atlantic Upper Class (business class) ticket, from Chicago to London, for a friend and did NOT pay fuel surcharges! 100,000 Hawaiian Airline miles and $298 for a ticket which costs ~$4,000+ isn’t too shabby!
I priced out the same trip in economy which cost 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles and $196 in taxes and fees.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
This opens up another great use of Hawaiian Airline miles besides using them for flights to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines or transferring them to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio.
In fact, using Hawaiian Air miles is the cheapest way to experience a flight on Virgin Atlantic – either in economy, premium economy or in Upper Class. Virgin Atlantic doesn’t have First Class, but their Upper Class gets good reviews.
For example, it costs 90,000 Virgin Atlantic miles (as opposed to using Hawaiian Air miles) and $1,127 in taxes, fees, & fuel surcharges for a round trip Upper Class flight using Virgin Atlantic miles from Chicago to London.
$1,127 in Fuel Surcharges When Using Virgin Atlantic Miles for Virgin Atlantic Flight
In contrast, my friend paid 100,000 Hawaiian Airline miles and $298 in taxes and fees of which $215 were UK air passenger duty for flying in business class – for booking the same flight on Virgin Atlantic by using Hawaiian Air miles!