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.
We were excited to hear that as of October Virgin America would be a new partnerfor American Express Membership Rewards, a positive development after the loss of Continental Airlines from the program.
Virgin has a mile system where the cost of a ticket in miles is directly related to the cost in dollars, and it’s set up so miles end up being worth nearly 2 cents a piece in most cases. Not outstanding, but a very healthy return (you should be gunning for returns of greater than 2%).
Unfortunately, Virgin doesn’t want the masses of Membership Rewards points to inflate accounts…and has settled on a conversion of 2 Amex points = 1 Vrigin America Elevate point. Not impressive, and it keeps you to about a basic 1 cent per point value. You’re not setting points in flames with that rate, but you really should be doing better if you’re going to pay an annual fee on a credit card.
The only time this is a viable option is when you are short a few Virgin America points in your Virgin account, and need to top it off.
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