Via View From the Wing, you can now transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin Atlantic.
Last year, Citi introduced points transfer to some airlines, including Singapore Airlines and Flying Blue (Air France / KLM). It’s always good to have more airline partner choices!
That said, I’m not terribly excited by this news. Virgin Atlantic is already a Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner. And they add big fuel surcharges to their award tickets!
Virgin Atlantic Is the Newest Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner
But folks who collect Citi ThankYou points might find this useful, especially if they use Virgin Atlantic miles to book award tickets on airlines that don’t add fuel surcharges, like Hawaiian Airlines.
You can get a 35% point bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin America through February 15, 2015.
35% Bonus on Transferred AMEX Points to Virgin America
But Virgin America charges high fuel surcharges!
Via Muslim Travel Girl, until January 22, 2015, Virgin Atlantic is having an award seat sale which includes most of their destinations.
You’ll pay 25% fewer miles on coach flights, and you can book for travel until December 2015. But taxes and fees are NOT discounted, and the fuel surcharges are high!
For example, a round-trip coach class ticket between New York and London costs 26,250 miles and $500. Normally, you’d pay 35,000 miles plus taxes and fees.
There’s also a 25% bonus until February 4, 2015, when you buy miles or use their Miles Booster to earn more miles on paid flights.
You’ll Need 25% Fewer Miles for Award Tickets on Virgin Atlantic, but Fuel Surcharges Are Still High
I don’t generally like using Virgin Atlantic miles for award tickets, but for some folks this might be a good deal.
Update: Thanks to Million Mile Secrets readers for sharing their thoughts about hotels in Mexico. Emily and I haven’t been to many of these destinations, so it’s helpful when our readers add their experiences! We hope these guides can save folks time when searching for hotels, and that our readers continue sharing their feedback and advice.
In response to the news that Southwest will start flying to Belize, Million Mile Secrets reader Julianna commented:
Someone should do a post on points and rewards hotels in Belize…just sayin’.
I’m taking this a step further and checking out which hotels are available using points in all of Southwest’s new international destinations!
Let’s start by looking at Southwest’s new destinations in Mexico:
- Mexico City
- San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos)
- Puerto Vallarta (starting June 2015)
Planning a Trip to Mexico on Southwest? I’ll Show You Where to Stay!
In some cities you’ll have lots of choices, and in others just a few. I’ll explain!
Million Mile Secrets reader Christopher comments:
I was looking at the Virgin Atlantic terms and conditions and it looks like they now transfer miles to Hilton points at a rate of 2 Virgin Atlantic miles to 3 Hilton HHonors points.
Also, please double check my math, but the highest earning Hilton point credit card would actually be the Bank of America Virgin Atlantic MasterCard? You get 13 HHonors points per $1 (after you convert the 2 Flying Club miles to 3 Hilton points).
Christopher wants to know if the Bank of America Virgin Atlantic MasterCard, which earns 1.5 miles per $1 you spend on regular purchases (including hotels) is the best card for earning points on Hilton hotel stays.
Virgin Atlantic miles transfer to Hilton at a 2:3 ratio. But depending on how you set-up your Hilton account, you could “double-dip” and earn both Virgin Atlantic miles and Hilton points on hotel stays.
Then transfer the Virgin Atlantic miles earned from double-dipping and from using the credit card to Hilton points.
You Can Earn Virgin Atlantic Miles AND Hilton Points on Hilton Stays
Is the Virgin Atlantic card the best card for Hilton stays? Let’s find out!