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.
Right now you can stack two great deals to get to London from the East Coast for as little as 10,000 points + $135 in fees.
Virgin Atlantic launched an award sale last week that runs until May 11 that gives you 30% off all Economy Class award bookings with Virgin Flying Club miles, which is a great deal on its own.
And now, Amex Membership Rewards is offering a 30% bonus on points you transfer to Virgin Flying Club until May 31.
That means you can fly one way from the East Coast to London for just 10,000 Amex points (which equal 13,000 Virgin miles) plus about $135 in taxes and fees.
A flight back will cost about $270 because the UK adds over $100 in extra departure fees and taxes, so the ticket to London and the ticket back will set you back a total of 24,500 miles plus $370 in fees, which is a pretty solid deal.
Just make sure you book flights as two separate one way trips, because booking as a single round trip ticket will kick in higher fuel surcharges, setting you back $445 roundtrip.
From the West Coast you’ll pay 23,000 Amex points (29,750 Virgin miles) plus $370 in fees when you book your outbound and return as two tickets.
Fares this summer are running around $1,100 from New York, giving you a generous 3 cents per mile in value, even with the taxes and fees.
And award seat availability is pretty wide open via New York (the days with red have availability in Economy)…
There’s almost nothing out of Los Angeles, but there’s plenty of space out of San Francisco…
The Virgin 30% discount on Economy Class is good for flights all year round, as long as you book by May 11th.
Just beware that you can’t change the route once you book, but date changes are permitted with the usual fee.
If you want to fly Business Class, you can still take advantage of the Amex to Virgin 30% point transfer bonus.
For example, you can fly Delta in Business Class to Europe for just 77,000 Amex points roundtrip (100,000 Virgin miles) with no fuel surcharges (though beware connecting flights may cost extra).
Or you can fly Upper Class on Virgin for 62,000 Amex points roundtrip from the East Coast except Florida (80,000 Virgin miles) plus about $1,100 in fuel surcharges.
Or if you want to head to Hawaii, you can fly for 31,000 Amex points roundtrip on Hawaiian Airlines (40,000 Virgin miles) with no fuel surcharges.
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