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Virgin Atlantic launched a new bonus offer on their Bank of America American Express card with the potential to net new cardholders 65,000 bonus Flying Club miles (application link) when they meet certain spend requirements). This beats the usual 50,000-mile bonus for getting this card–the extra 15,000 miles from the anniversary bonus when you meet the spending requirements.
•20,000 bonus miles after your first purchase
•25,000 additional bonus miles after you spend at least $2,500 in qualifying purchases in the first 90 days
•15,000 Anniversary bonus miles after qualifying purchases–you get 7,500 miles by spending $15,000 within the year, and 7,500 more if you hit a threshold of $25,000 in spend.
•5,000 bonus miles when adding two additional Cardmembers
•1.5 miles for every $1 spent on purchases
•3 miles per $1 spent directly with Virgin Atlantic
•Tier points that help you ascend to or maintain Silver or Gold status (note: you can only earn two Tier points per month)
•$90 annual fee, not waived
•1% foreign transaction fee
Virgin has plenty of airline partners to use these miles on, including its latest partner, Virgin America, as well as Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, BMI, Gulf Air, Jet Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, US Airways and V Australia.
Remember, you can also transfer Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio, so that 65,000-mile bonus equates to 130,000 Hilton HHonors points—enough to spend three nights at a Category 6 property like the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, or two nights at certain Waldorf Astoria properties like the Trianon Palace Versailles and the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.
Not too shabby, even with the $90 annual fee, especially if you know you might have a lot of spending coming up and want to consolidate it on one card to score those extra 15,000 anniversary miles. Plus, for those of you who, like me, might be a little heavy on the Chase credit card applications lately and need to wait a while before your next application, this might be a good option to score a decent bonus in the meantime since it’s a Bank of America card.