Credit Card Updates: 25,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles, 50,000 Southwest Points, & More…

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Credit Card Updates:  25,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles, 50,000 Southwest Points, & More…

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Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.

1.   25,000 Mile Virgin Atlantic

Bank of America used to issue a Virgin Atlantic card (no longer available) under a license from American Express card with a 50,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $2,500 in 3 months and adding 2 authorized users.  You can transfer Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton hotel points in a 1:2 ratio, so this was one of the best ways to earn Hilton points.

Virgin Atlantic also reduced the fuel surcharges on coach awards, so it could be worth using Virgin Atlantic miles for coach flights to London.  You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Virgin Atlantic, but I prefer saving my Ultimate Rewards points for United, Hyatt, and Southwest.

Bank of America has a new MasterCard version – the Virgin Atlantic World Elite with 25,000 Virgin Atlantic miles.  You get 20,000 miles after your 1st purchase and 5,000 Virgin Atlantic miles for adding 2 authorized users.  The screenshot application doesn’t show the additional 5,000 miles for adding 2 cardholders, but the press release indicates the additional 5,000 mile bonus.

If you’re a Big Spender, you get 7,500 Virgin Atlantic miles after spending $15,000 within 1 anniversary year and another 7,5000 miles after spending $25,000 within 1 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!

Like the previous Bank of America American Express card, you earn:

  • 3 miles for every $1 spent on Virgin Atlantic
  • 1.5 miles for every $1 spent everywhere else

I’d wait for another 50,000 mile offer before applying for the card.

2.   Southwest 50,000 Points

Thanks to the readers for writing in about a targeted offer for 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months.  This is much better than the current offer of 25,000 points after spending $1,000 within 3 months.

Unfortunately, the emails were targeted and you need an invitation code to apply, but keep an eye out for them in your email.

You can sign-up for Southwest email offers and you just may get an offer via email.

3.   Ritz – Carlton 70,000 to 140,000 Points

Frequent Miler writes about two Ritz-Carlton cards:

  • One with a 70,000 bonus and the annual fee waived
  • Another with a 140,000 bonus, but with the $395 annual fee not waived

You can use Ritz-Carlton points to book Marriott hotels and the Gold status (free internet) you get with the Ritz-Carlton cards is valid at Marriott hotels.

It costs 30,000 to 70,000 points for 1 night at a the Ritz-Carlton.

The annual fee is $395, but gets you a $200 airline credit (per calendar year) and Gold status.

So getting the card with the 140,000 point bonus means that you’re paying $395 for an extra 70,000 points.  Remember that you get the $200 airline credit each calendar year regardless of which version of the card you have.

I don’t have a Ritz (or Marriott) card yet, because it takes a lot of points to get a free night at Marriott, but it could be worth it to some folks.

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Does anyone know if the authorized user(s) bonus of 5,000 is all or nothing? In other words, do you HAVE to get two AUs or if you only have one AU will you get 2,500 miles. Thanks for any help.

I hope the 65k offer comes back!

How long after earning the Southwest 50k offer does it take to post to you account?

Hey guys, I also work for one of the cc companies you all get on regular occasion…what Frank said is all incorrect!

(see how easy it is Frank?!)

hey guys, I work for one of the credit card companies that you desperate weirdos call time after time only to be given the same decisons….here are some tips for a more successful call…

1. Dont hang up and call right back after youve been declined. We can see each time youve called in from the notes on the application. We also sit in a close proximity to one another and know who the repeat callers are.

2. Having your spouse speak for you doesnt help. you just come off as weak and the spouse comes off as a jerk

3. Dont call in and demand anything from me. When you call in and tell me that I’m “going to approve you”, chances are I’m gonna turn you down.

4. Last but not least…if youve already been approved for 2-3 cards recently dont be greedy and desperate. Accept those cards and wait a year to apply again. the offers are pretty much cyclical and will be back around again.

These are my tips…but chances are you’ll continue to call and call and get declined and keep on calling afterwards….but hey…good luck

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