What Are Points & Miles Worth? December Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Use SkyMiles to Book Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy

If you’re looking for a roomier way to fly across the Atlantic, you now have another option using SkyMiles. Delta announced yesterday that — effective immediately — you can now use its miles to book award flights in Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy cabin. While there was no mention of the award mileage rate in the announcement, we…

Use Points to Book a Stay on Richard Branson’s Private Caribbean Island

From staying in an overwater villa in the Maldives to traveling on a $32,000 one-way flight in Etihad’s incredible Residence, there’s no shortage of exclusive travel experiences available these days. However, there’s one that arguably takes the cake, and it’s close to home. Enter Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, a private, 74-acre oasis just north of Virgin Gorda…

Excellent Business Class Availability Between NYC and London on Delta and Virgin Atlantic

Delta’s site is currently showing a ton of business class award availability between New York (JFK) and London (LHR) through the end of the schedule for both Delta and Virgin Atlantic-operated flights. You can book one-way flights from 70,000 SkyMiles, and there seem to be seats on just about every day for the next several…

Virgin Atlantic Temporarily Pulled as Amex Membership Rewards Transfer Partner

Yesterday, we noticed that Virgin Atlantic was pulled from American Express’ list of Membership Rewards transfer partners. The airline has been making some drastic moves recently. Last week, it made major changes to its Flying Club Program and ended its partnership with Virgin America. We figured that this was just one of the unannounced changes to the revised program….

Save Big on Flights, Hotels and Cruises in November Using Amex Offers

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. If you’ve ever looked through the list of Amex Offers, you know how overwhelming it can be. Digging through all of the discounts and other mediocre deals to find the ones actually worth considering is a daunting task. We’ll continue to post separately…

Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic to End Partnership

Update 11/4/16: Virgin Atlantic reached out to provide the following statement: We are introducing some exciting changes to our loyalty programme, Flying Club, to offer our members more value for their loyalty. Alongside these changes, we are also changing our membership numbers, offering members a single lifetime membership number so that they can keep it…

Virgin Atlantic Details Major Changes to Its Flying Club Program

Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program is the latest frequent flyer program to undergo some changes that are generally not all that consumer-friendly. As of November 13, 2016, the Flying Club program will switch to a system that’s more rewarding for those who spend a lot of money with the carrier and less rewarding for travelers looking…

The Best Credit Cards From Foreign Carriers

The United States is home to four of the world’s five largest airlines, and most domestic carriers offer credit cards. So why would you want to consider a card from a foreign airline? In today’s post, I’ll explain the advantages of using a credit card to earn frequent flyer miles with a foreign carrier, and show…

Save Big on Flights, Hotels and Cruises in October Using Amex Offers

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. If you’ve ever looked through the list of Amex Offers, you know how overwhelming it can be. Digging through all of the discounts and other mediocre deals to find the ones actually worth considering is a daunting task. We’ll continue to post separately…