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Virgin Atlantic just launched Sky High Rewards, which offers 50% bonus miles and 4 bonus Tier (elite-qualifying) Points after your first round-trip flight and a 100% bonus miles and 8 bonus Tier Points when you fly a second time between now and February 28, 2013. If you’re not a member of Flying Club yet, you can join here.
To put the Tier Points-earning in perspective here’s how many points you normally earn depending on your fare class on one-way Virgin Atlantic flights:
TIER POINTS EACH WAY
|Upper Class (J,C,D class)||6|
|Upper Class (I,Z class)||5|
|Premium Economy (W,S class)||4|
|Premium Economy (K,H class)||3|
|Economy (Y,B,R,L,U,M class)||3|
|Economy (V,E,Q,X,N,O class)||2|
Virgin Atlantic silver status requires 15 Tier Points and once you achieve it, you get an additional 50% miles on flights as well as premium check-in and waitlist priority. So if you were to take 2 roundtrip flights within the promo period and score the bonus 12 Tier Points, you’d almost be there.
Virgin Atlantic Gold status requires earning 40 Tier Points within 12 months and it gets you a 100% bonus miles on every flight, Upper Class check-in and priority boarding no matter what class you’re booked in, access to fast-track security in London and an additional piece of luggage, Clubhouse access for the member and their guests whenever flying Virgin Atlantic and automatic silver status for a family member.
According to the promo T&C, it looks like it doesn’t matter what class of service you fly, the bonus percentages are the same and will be earned on all fare classes, excluding reward tickets.
I personally don’t think Virgin Atlantic elite status is that great and their miles are one of the weakest currencies because taxes and surcharges on award tickets are hefty, but if you have Virgin Atlantic travel in your future, you might as well sign-up for this promo.
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Balance Transfer Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195||See Terms||Excellent Credit|