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.
If you have Citi ThankYou points and live in a city with a lot of Delta flights like New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, or Detroit, this is a deal you’ll want to look into.
Until April 6th, transfers of points from Citi ThankYou to your Virgin Flying Club account get a 25% bonus.
So every 1,000 ThankYou points you transfer gets you 1,250 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles.
Virgin miles can be used on Virgin Atlantic flights, but even Economy Class awards get socked with fuel surcharges of $500 or more.
You could fly to London from the East Coast on Virgin Atlantic for as little as 28,000 TbankYou points round trip with the 25% bonus. The normal price is 35,000 miles roundtrip, so the 25% bonus lets you get 35,000 Virgin miles for 28,000 ThankYou points.
Here’s the Virgin Flying Club award chart for Virgin Atlantic flights.
Adding about $500 in fuel surcharges to that isn’t always terrible deal. You’re getting about 2 cents per mile in value compared to a $1,200+ roundtrip ticket to London during the summer months if you use 28,000 ThankYou points to book a roundtrip flight with Virgin Flying Club miles.
The real steal is to use Virgin Flying Club miles to book Delta flights in Delta ONE business class to Europe.
Delta and Virgin are partners, so you can use Virgin miles to book Delta flights.
And the prices are pretty good to start with.
100,000 Virgin Flying Club miles will get you a roundtrip ticket in business class on Delta from the U.S. to Europe with no fuel surcharges to worry about.
For example, there are plenty of dates to fly from Atlanta to London for 125,000 Delta miles roundtrip, and any Delta nonstop flight available at the 125,000 mile level on the Delta.com site is bookable using Virgin Flying Club points for 100,000 Flying Club miles. And with the 25% bonus you can transfer just 80,000 ThankYou points to get the 100,000 Virgin Flying Club miles.
Here’s the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club award chart for booking Delta flights.
There are some drawbacks to booking Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles…
But if you live near a Delta hub and are swimming in Citi ThankYou points this transfer bonus is one of the better ways to get good value out of them.
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