Up to 65,000 Bonus Miles Offer For Virgin Atlantic Mastercard

by on January 15, 2014 · 35 comments

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The 65,000 bonus-mile offer on the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard® credit card from Bank of America is back! It’s actually a bit more accurate to call it a 50,000-mile bonus offer since that’s what you can earn with a $2,500 minimum spend and adding an authorized user rather than having to put a ton of calendar year spending on it to earn the full bonus, but still, if it’s within your reach, might as well get the full 65,000 miles.

You might remember this offer came around for a limited time in December, and now it’s back, again for a limited time, though no end date has been specified.

Virgin Mastercard 65KHere 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. You will earn one (1) tier point for every $2,500 spent with the card. A maximum two (2) tier points can be earned per month. A maximum of twenty-four (24) tier points can be earned per year.
$90 annual fee, not waived
•1% foreign transaction fee

This offer is pretty much the same as when the card used to be an American Express (it’s still issued by Bank of America). Because you have to hit $25,000 in spending on the card to earn the extra 15,000 points,you might consider just getting it for the 50,000 miles you get for making $2,500 in purchases and adding two cardholders.

50,000 Virgin miles isn’t a huge bonus, but 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:

Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 4.47.48 PMIt’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:

Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 4.49.07 PMAnd that second flight listed is aboard the A330 in the airline’s new Upper Class.

Virgin Atlantic also has plenty of airline partners you can also use these miles on, including its US partners, Delta and Virgin America, as well as Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Cyprus Airways, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, 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 aren’t worth nearly as much after the last year’s devaluation, but which can still be worth something. For instance, the $1,200 villa at the Conrad Maldives that I stayed in would require 95,000 points for an award night, so you could cover at least a night with the sign-up bonus.

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 Amex hard for bonuses lately and need to wait a while before your next application with either, this might be a decent bonus to consider in the meantime.

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  • Scott Lerner

    Hey PTS Guy,

    Do you have any experience with the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse? Do you know if there is a CC that offers access to these lounges?

  • BC

    $800 in fees and taxes! LMAO! that’s ridiculous! UK Airport tax needs to way too high. I haven’t flown to/via UK in a long time because of those exorbitant fees.

  • BC

    ****err UK airport tax is way too high

  • Juno

    Brian, I’m planning a trip to Europe for our 10th anniversary next year. I was contemplating the British Airways card with 50k bonus after $2k and another 50k earned by spending $20k in a year and get the fly together pass by spending $30k in a year. I know that taxes and fees are high on BA, but would that be a better option than Virgin Atlantic?

  • J

    Met my spend on the 65,000 offer two months ago and am still waiting for the 25,000 bonus miles to post. Received the initial 20,000 pretty quickly.

  • Rick

    This might work well for delta or virgin america flights, especially sine the earnings rate is 1.5 on everyday purchases.

  • Kevin

    I signed up for the AMEX version in 2012 and received a 65K bonus. I cancelled the card at some point late last year. Does anyone know if we can receive the bonus again on the MasterCard version, or does BoA disqualify current and prior cardholders with any version.

  • sharona

    You have to add 2 additional users to get the 5K bonus. Does my dog count?

  • Clivus

    50k is good but I still don’t understand why you’d use all those miles AND still have to pay$800+ to get to Europe. Fly an airline that doesn’t rip you off ( like united) how easy is it to transfer to Singapore for example?

  • Clivus

    Last time I looked SFO to LHR on united was 50k miles and 30 bux

  • Brian C. Lee

    I don’t think you can get into the VS Clubhouse via credit card. AKAIK, it’s only elite status or class of travel.

  • Justin

    I have it and the wife has it (we picked up the bonus last year with the AMEX.) I actually had to fax in a screen shot of the offer to get the additional 25k which they did eventually give me. It did help us going from EWR to LHR in premium eco on the way out and upper class on the way back for around $650 (per person) all in. I think it’s $110/$220/$440 for award taxes, fees and surcharges (eco/pre eco/uc.)

    The Virgin upper class lounge at LHR is one of the best lounges I’ve been at anywhere. I was under the weather and the staff actually went to the shop in the terminal to get me cold medicine. The card doesn’t include that lounge access but being booked on the UC award flight did (and they seemed to have plenty of award space for when we wanted to fly.)

    I also wonder if it’s churnable.

  • Ashker

    If I want to redeem VA miles on Delta for domestic trips, does there need to be saver award availability on Delta?

  • shonuffharlem

    It’s a great great deal for one way from US to London. Come back on Star Alliance (you don’t want to come back out of London no matter who you fly if you can help it with their exit tax).

  • shonuffharlem

    You mean 60k miles right?

  • shonuffharlem

    I thought the same thing, they need a social security # though – so Obamacare for the dog yes, Virgin Atlantic credit card no.

  • duped

    This sounds great, but, sorry, London. While I love you with all my heart, traveling by air through you at $800 in taxes (wasn’t it about $600 last year?) a pop is just too much. I’m tired of it. I am now finding any other way to fly to Europe — avoiding London.

    That also means no stop-overs in your lovely city, where I used to drop lots of cash at hotels, restaurants… because I love a day and night in London along the way to other places..

    PS — I won’t miss the hell in Terminal 5 at Heathrow, either.

  • duped

    call me crazy, but I ain’t giving out two more SSN’s from my family to get a measly 5k bonus.

  • duped

    hey, this sounds like a great tip. Are you saying that the $800 tax/fee via London is on round trips via London (Ie, on the return [exit] flight)?

  • sharona

    Thanks for the chuckle!

  • FlyingBear

    Wouldn’t this be a better value as a round-trip ticket to Hawaii? It appears to be only 40,000 points with $10 fee

  • Andy Chen

    This is not a deal. Use 55,000 miles AND spend ~$800USD for the ticket from NYC-London?

    I just looked up the same days NYC(JFK)-London (LHR) Jan. 16th, London-NYC Jan 23rd and found a flight on Kuwait Airways for under $800 r/t. No miles needed

  • doctorofcredit

    Where’d you see this? I don’t see any options for Hawaii in any of the reward charts.

  • thepointsguy

    To their credit, business class roundtrips are only 80k vs 120k on United. yea United has less fees, but they charge (after feb 1) 115k miles on United or a whopping 140k on a partner, like Luftahnsa.

  • thepointsguy

    No the high fees are both ways. You can avoid them by booking Delta flights that only have ~$250 or so in fees

  • thepointsguy

    It isn’t all airport tax.. it is their own fuel surcharges primarily

  • thepointsguy

    Coach is not worth it, but do the math for business class and you might be surprised

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- the best use of Virgin Atlantic miles is on partners

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, which is the issue

  • thepointsguy

    I hear their clubs are great, but there is no card that gives access (to my knowledge)

  • thepointsguy

    You can avoid high taxes on BA by flying Aer Lingus or Air Berlin. Same with Virgin Atlantic if you fly Delta.

  • Brian C. Lee

    Except in order to fly DL, you’d need to find availability on DL, and we all know how hard that is.

  • Sam

    If I had the Virgin Atlantic AmEx and canceled it a few years ago, can I get the intro offer on the MasterCard as well?

  • DJ

    Thinking of applying for this card for in-country Australia flights on Virgin Australia. Would this be a good value? Also, do Virgin Atlantic points expire after 2 years? Thx!

  • Rajiv Vyas

    I was reading this in one of your previous posts (how to maximize Amex rewards) that the best way to use Virgin Atlantic points is use them for upgrades and that from Economy to first it was only 20,000 points one way. Is that still true and do you still recommend it or are there any better ways?

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