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Beware: Virgin Flying Club awards on Delta flights charge extra for connections

by on Thu April 13, 2017 • 2 Comments
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If you’re hoping to fly Delta ONE business class, using SkyMiles can get expensive fast.

But if you use Virgin Flying Club miles, the prices are much lower.

For example, you can pay just 100,000 miles roundtrip to Europe with Virgin Flying Club miles, versus at least 140,000 miles with Delta SkyMiles.

Here’s the chart of Flying Club prices for Delta flights:

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There are no fuel surcharges when you’re starting in the U.S., and you can book one way flights for half the cost of a roundtrip. You can also book any Delta route, even though the chart above lists only a few routes to Europe. In practice, they’re all available if the award space is released.

But the catch is, Virgin is now explicit that connecting flights will be priced separately.

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That means, if you’re flying Dallas – Atlanta – Paris in Business Class you’ll pay 145,000 miles instead of 100,000 miles roundtrip.

That’s because you need to pay 45,000 miles for the Dallas – Atlanta portion, and then another 100,000 miles for the Atlanta – Paris portion of the trip.

Flying Club didn’t make this clear in the terms and conditions until this year. Before, the rule existed, but wasn’t well documented, or understood by agents. Now, it’s clear policy.

Still, Flying Club miles are a great deal for nonstop Delta flights, and award space is pretty decent to Europe in Business Class.  If you live in Atlanta or New York, there are lots of possibilities.

Since Flying Club is a transfer partner of Chase, Citi, and American Express, it’s easy to rack up Flying Club miles quickly and consolidate your points for an award.

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2 thoughts on Beware: Virgin Flying Club awards on Delta flights charge extra for connections

  1. Seth

    It says “miles are charged for each sector”, not each flight. Wouldn’t that mean that connections within a sector/region would not be charged? Did you call to price this out or are you just making an assumption?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Seth – You’ll get charged separately for example CMH – ATL – MCO. Agents will often say “we see no Delta flights CMH – MCO” and when you ask to look at individual segments they can piece it together. But it then charges for each sector. So there may be some block in the system from seeing connecting flights by default.

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