50,000 Miles Virgin Atlantic is Back!

50,000 Miles Virgin Atlantic is Back!

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Bank of America reintroduced the Virgin Atlantic credit card as a Mastercard in August, but only had a sign-up bonus of 25,000 miles.

I suggested waiting until the 50,000 mile offer came back.  And the 50,000 mile offer is back!

This is marketed as a 65,000 mile offer, but it really is only for 50,000 miles.

Virgin Atlantic Bank of America

Link:  Virgin Atlantic 50,000 miles 

  • You get 20,000 miles after your 1st purchase
  • Another 25,000 miles after spending $2,500 within 3 months
  • 5,000 miles for adding 2 authorized users to the card

The $90 annual fee is not waved for the 1st year.

The ad copy suggests that you will get 15,000 extra miles “upon anniversary” but doesn’t mention that you have to spend $25,000 to get them!

You can transfer Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton hotel points in a 1:2 ratio, so you’d get 53,750 Virgin Atlantic miles or  ~107,000 Hilton points after meeting the $2,500 minimum spending requirement.

You have to call Virgin Atlantic at 800-821-5438 and ask to transfer your miles to Hilton (have both your Virgin Atlantic and Hilton number handy).

It takes about 7 to 10 days for the transfer to go through (in my experience) and you have to transfer a minimum of 10,000 miles and transfers have to be in multiples of 5,000 miles.

That’s enough for 2 nights at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Hilton recently increased the number of points required for their top hotels, but 100,000 Hilton points will still get you 1 night a top category hotel like the Hilton in Bora Bora or more nights at the lower category hotels.

Virgin Atlantic Bank Of America
The Virgin Atlantic Signup Bonus Can Get You Two Nights At The Hilton Waikoloa Village

Virgin Atlantic charges fuel surcharges on their awards, but they charge less for coach awards.  This could help to get to the UK especially since Virgin Atlantic may have more than 2 seats available on some flights.

That said, you’re looking at paying $450 + 35,000 Virgin Atlantic miles for a return coach-trip from the US to London.  It isn’t a great deal, but could save you some cash over the retail price ($800+) for tickets to London.

Virgin Atlantic Bank Of America
35,000 Miles + $450 in Fees for a Coach Award from New York to London

You can search for Virgin Atlantic awards online.

You could also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic, but I use my Ultimate Rewards points for United, Hyatt, and Southwest.

You’ll earn 3 miles for every $1 spent on Virgin Atlantic and 1.5 miles for every $1 spent elsewhere.

Bottom Line

The Virgin Atlantic card from Bank of America now has a 50,000 mile bonus.  Virgin Atlantic points transfers in a 1:2 ratio to Hilton so you’re getting ~100,000 Hilton points with this card!

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I think the posts on VA to London are missing one point. You can book one-ways, and the value One way US-London of these points is very good. The high taxes are on the exit taxes, and those exist on ANY award booking with any airline. Yes, you can get roundtrip to London cheaper for cash in economy on Virgin Atlantic, but if you are going one way to London (which I am actually doing), and coming back from somewhere else in Europe - these points are great. Using United points for way back from Germany.

All my bonus miles have finally posted 🙂 I found the chart which shows the redemptions on Delta, it does not have any flights US - N. Asia or Europe - N. Asia, only flights within Asia or to Europe. Does anyone know if you can redeem for JFK-TYO-JFK on Delta using Virgin miles?

I transfered my 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton points. I then sold my 100,000 Hilton points to rewards2cash for $460.

http://rewards2cash.com/Hilton Rewards?tracking=4f8fb6a3e7219

The company has positive reviews on yelp, facebook, and slickdeals.

Does anyone know if the annual fee counts towards the minimum spend? Thank you in advance....

I think this is a great program for going TO London from the USA, where you only get hit by I think $110 estimated taxes and fees. Virgin Atlantic has wide open availability - and one way fares can be SUPER expensive. If you start a trip to London, but are coming back from elsewhere in Europe - use this for outbound, and for coming home to USA use other airline miles to come back.

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