Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Bank of America has some of under the radar, but lucrative offers with link pages that come and go frequently in a game of cat and mouse with savvy customers.
Case in point: the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard for up to 90,000 points.
The deal is generally around in some form or another most of the year. And the last landing page was stable for most of the summer and into the all, but it stopped working recently.
Fortunately an alternate is still around, and you can find the link here, courtesy of Flyertalk:
What’s the deal?
You can earn 20,000 miles after your first purchase, 50,000 more after you spend $12,000 on the card within 6 months of opening it.
That’s 70,000 miles.
Then, you get 15,000 miles on your one year anniversary. And you can get 5,000 miles for adding an authorized user to the card, for a total of 90,000 miles.
Do you want to do this?
Virgin Atlantic miles are useful if you’re a skilled mile and point user.
You’ll be hit with fuel surcharges if you want to use the miles on Virgin Atlantic flights, though they aren’t a terrible deal.
$500 plus 35,000 – 45,000 miles for a flight that could cost you $1,200 in cash isn’t bad considering Virgin has good award space availability. Though that only gets you to England. If you want to fly elsewhere with Virgin you get charged for a second award.
Other ideas to consider…
You can see award charts for transfer partners in our extensive list of all the airlines you can fly with Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Just look for Virgin Flying Club in the list.
But you have to make all partner bookings over the phone, and you’ll find agents wildly inconsistent in applying rules.
For example, many will try to charge you separately for the U.S. leg of a Delta flight connecting to the Transatlantic leg.
While others will charge a single low price.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Chase Ultimate Rewards, so they among the easiest miles of all to earn in large quantities. Not to mention the card earns 1.5 miles per dollar on everything you spend, so if you meet the requirements for the 90,000 mile offer you’ll actually earn a grand total of 108,000 miles.
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