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40,000 bonus point Virgin Atlantic offer: Book Delta flights with no fuel surcharges

by on Fri December 5, 2014 • No Comment


The Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard® from Bank of America  allows you to earn up to 40,000 bonus points with an annual additional bonus and addition of authorized users to your card.

You can book any Delta flight that has Saver award availability from the U.S. using your Virgin Flying Club points and pay NO FUEL SURCHARGES.

It’s not a well publicized or widely used award, but it’s been in place for over a year now, since the Delta / Virgin Atlantic partnership began.

Here is the award chart for Delta flights:


You’ll see that most awards are priced the same as what Delta charges its SkyMiles members at the Saver level.

But there are some bargains like:

  • 100,000 points in Business Class to Europe versus 125,000 using Delta miles
  • 45,000 points for First Class within the U.S. versus 50,000 using Delta miles

We’re not sure how long those prices will last, especially with Delta updating its award chart on January 1.

It’s possible they’ll close the gap in the 100,000 point Business Class pricing. But the basic 60,000 mile Economy Class to Europe award price does line up with Delta’s new chart, so that should be safe.

And even if the Business Class price moves up to 125,000 points, it should have no surcharges, which still makes this another great easy way to earn points you can use on Delta flights, especially since Virgin points are so easy to earn quickly.

Delta availability within the U.S. and to Europe on its own flights is actually QUITE GOOD at the Saver level, even in Business Class, despite the bad reputation SkyMiles has from many frequent fliers.

What are the catches?

You can’t mix and match partners, so you can’t fly a Virgin Atlantic flight for any of the segments

Connecting flights may cost extra. If you have a connecting Delta flight, for example Washington Dulles to JFK to Paris, most agents will price these separately. They’ll price the Washington to JFK as a ‘Within Continental USA’ award and the JFK to Paris as a ‘From USA to UK/Europe’ award. So that would cost 85,000 points in Economy, with is not a great deal. However some agents are able to price them as a single 60,000 point award.

There is no rhyme or reason to this for international trips, and supervisors usually default to the separate award price, so only bank on using these points for nonstop flights.

Hold times are not great. You can often spend 30 minutes or more on hold to reach an agent at Virgin, but once you do they are quite friendly and take specific flight requests well.

You can also consider stacking the current Virgin MasterCard deal.

For example the Ink Plus deal can net you an additional 70,000 points that you could transfer to Virgin for 140,000 Virgin Atlantic points in total.

And the Virgin MasterCard earns 1.5 points per dollar on ALL spending, so the $12,000 in 6 months you need to earn 70,000 points will net you an additional 18,000 points.

This is a great way to bulk up on points you can use for premium Delta flights, or even domestic flights, especially since Delta is limiting transfers of points into SkyMiles accounts to 250,000 starting next year.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

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