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Virgin Atlantic Amex 65,000 Bonus Miles Offer Back

by on March 14, 2013 · 23 comments

in American Express, Bank of America, Virgin Atlantic

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Virgin Atlantic has relaunched a bonus offer on the Bank of America American Express card with the potential to earn new cardholders up to 65,000 bonus Flying Club miles when they meet certain spend requirements. We haven’t seen a bonus this high on the card since last spring, and 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.

Virgin Atlantic Amex 65k

Here is the application link, and the details:

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

Because you have to hit $25,000 in spending on the card to earn the extra 15,000 points, if I were to get this card, I might actually just do so for the 50,000 miles you get for making $2,500 in purchases and adding two cardholders.

50,000 Virgin miles aren’t actually that much, but according to the Flying Club chart, it’s almost enough to get you from Boston, New York or DC to London roundtrip in Premium Economy, which costs 55,000 miles along with an $810 co-pay for roundtrip, though sometimes that can be less, as is the case here:

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It’s also enough for one-way in Upper Class from the US along with a co-pay, and while the redemption chart lists the co-pay on Upper Class tickets as $1,300 roundtrip, for one-way it can actually be much lower depending on which direction you’re flying. For instance, this one-way award from New York to London only has a co-pay of $416:

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Virgin Atlantic also has plenty of airline partners you can also use these miles on, including its US 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 (for now) and Virgin Australia.

You can also transfer Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio, so that 50,000-mile bonus equates to 100,000 Hilton HHonors points, which you’ll need more of if you want to stay at any aspiration Hilton properties after the imminent devaluation.

Although the $90 annual fee isn’t waived, those 50,000 miles could still be worth it to you, especially if you know you have a lot of spending coming up and want to consolidate it on one card to score those extra 15,000 anniversary miles. Plus, since it’s a Bank of America card, if you’ve been hitting Chase or Citi hard for bonuses lately and need to wait a while before your next app-o-rama, this might be a good option to score a decent bonus in the meantime.

Hat tip: Miles Abound.

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  • NEPIC

    The $1300 co-pay for US-LHR in Upper Class listed in the chart seems rather high for a one way. Perhaps these are based on round trips, with the miserable APD included? For example, ORD-LHR one way in Upper Class prices at 45k miles plus $416.50 which is a LOT better than the co-pay listed!

  • thepointsguy

    Thanks for mentioning. That’s true – those co-pays are roundtrip and estimated, and as you say, sometimes they’re lower. I’ve put in a sample itinerary with the same amount that you found.

  • Andy

    Better than the offers in the UK: all you get for a $200 pa fee is 6,000 bonus Flying Club miles :(

  • Winelover

    Is there any way to transfer Virgin Atlantic miles to HHonors online? I cant seem to find a link…

  • AceK

    The headline is misleading. The sign up bonus is 45,000 if you spend $2,500 in 90 days. (Not to mention that the points are low value.) These type of shameless pitches detract from your credibility.

  • Charlottepro

    can you talk a bit more in the most valueable redemption in economy class? I really am not very interested in upper/first class coz I think it’s a waste for me.

  • CG

    Any idea or guess on how long this offer might last, and how long you should wait from my last American Express application?

  • jmw2323

    redemptions using VS miles on VA are terrible. 188k lax-syd-lax. domestic example syd-bne-syd, 25k for a 300 miles flight. compare to avios on QF 9k r/t

  • http://twitter.com/BuckyKKatt Bucky Katt

    I had this card under a previous (better) offer, and now I have around 80K VA miles that I’m not really sure how to use. The offer I had the card under was for the 65K miles without having to get to $25K for the last 15K miles, but at some point, they randomly credited me with 10K free miles, and I wasn’t planning on correcting their mistake.

    The fees on redemptions just kill the utility of those miles, so I’ll probably just end up using them on Virgin America or some other partner. With ~$650 in fees added on, you use 38.5K miles to save about $300 to go from DC to London on Virgin in Economy, which doesn’t make a ton of sense (there are 3 of us, so traveling in a higher class gets expensive real quick). That’s not nothing, but it’s not exactly a great deal, either.

  • Leo

    Is Hawaiian also a partner?

  • Justin

    how do virgin atlantic points transfer to virgin america? Or if i redeem virgin atlantic points to book a virgin america flight – is there a penalty?

  • BankerBee

    You have to call flying club to transfer. Then it took mine about a week to post

  • http://www.facebook.com/karl.l.mitchell Karl Mitchell

    Any idea how long this is likely to run for? It’s on my want list, but I only just finished a churn. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karl.l.mitchell Karl Mitchell

    Yes, although you have to phone Virgin to make a redemption booking. Also, no award chart is published, but I think it’s normally the same redemption costs as on Hawaiian.

  • Josh

    Was going to hop on this, but Virgin Atlantic Site says it’s a 1:1 ratio now…

    (Flying Club members can spend their miles for any reward available on the Hilton HHonors reward chart by exchanging Flying Club miles for HHonors points through the HHonors Reward Exchange. Miles can be transferred into Hilton HHonors points at a rate of 1 for 1 (Minimum level of 10,000 miles and then in increments of 5,000) by calling the Flying Club helpline with your HHonors account number. You must be a member Hilton HHonors to use the HHonors Reward Exchange.

  • thepointsguy

    Link? I still see 1:2

  • thepointsguy

    They do not transfer but you can redeem them on virgin America

  • Josh
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  • Lea

    Link to this Virgin Atlantic credit card is unavailable. Would you have any suggestions to ramp up Hilton points, now that Virgin Atlantic is not available nor is Hawaiian Airlines?

  • Lea

    This Virgin Atlantic credit card application is not available anymore. Any ideas for to ramp up Hilton points now that Virgin Atlantic and Hawaiian Airlines cards are not available anymore?

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