Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is now a full mile transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, the points program of the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Bold® Business Card, and Ink Plus® Business Card. You can transfer the points instantly, one for one, into your Virgin Atlantic account, just like Chase’s other partners (see how it works here).
This makes the current list very powerful:
We think Ultimate Rewards is a better overall program than its main competitor American Express Membership Rewards because United and Southwest are among the best values for domestic and global mileage redemption among U.S. carriers. Hyatt is a great option for hotel values, and British Airways and Virgin Atlantic give you full coverage for London, which is really important for a lot of New York based fliers – where American Express Membership Rewards has its biggest customer base. Overall, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is the best credit card available for collecting points that can be used as airline miles.
Good: Upgrades to London
Good: Virgin America flights
Bad: Economy Class award flights
Mediocre: Upper Class award flights
You can see a full list of Virgin Atlantic Flying Club airline award here – but beware most except Virgin America carry substantial fuel charges on awards.
Overall, this is probably good news for primarily New York based fliers. You get to London often, and this gives you another tool in that arsenal to get there more comfortable. It’s also good for West Coast based fliers, especially those in San Francisco, who can take advantage of generous Virgin America reward options.
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