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Virgin America / Amex set a 2:1 point transfer ratio (ugh)

by on Wed October 5, 2011 • No Comment

Virgin AmericaWe 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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