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The Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard usually comes with sign-up bonuses of 20,000 miles after the first purchase and 25,000 miles after a spend of $2,500, with the ability to earn 5,000 miles with an authorized user and 15,000 miles every year you spend $25,000. They just launched one of the most lucrative offers I’ve seen, but they also ramped up the spend needed to get the miles:

  • 20,000 Flying Club bonus miles after your first retail purchase
  • 50,000 additional Flying Club bonus miles after you spend at least $12,000 in qualifying purchases within 6 months of your account open date
  • Earn up to 15,000 additional bonus miles upon anniversary
  • Earn up to 5,000 Flying Club bonus miles when you add additional authorized users to your card
  • Earn 3 miles per $1 spent directly on Virgin Atlantic purchases and 1.5 miles per $1 spent on all other purchases

This limited time offer is valid now through September 7th.

Earn Up To 90,000 bonus miles with the Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard.
Earn Up To 90,000 bonus miles with the Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard.

The card has a $90 annual fee, which is not waived the first year. The base earning is pretty lucrative at 1.5 mile per dollar spent (vs. most airline cards that offer 1x) and 3x on Virgin Atlantic purchases (vs. most airline cards that offer 2x). Virgin Atlantic miles are not the most valuable airline miles, but they can be valuable, especially for upgrading and business class redemptions if you don’t mind shelling out for fuel surcharges. However, there are ways to use Flying Club miles without fuel surcharges, as we’ve written about in the past. In general I find that Virgin Atlantic has pretty good award availability, so even though you do get hit with fuel surcharges on awards, they can be a valuable currency to have on hand- it never hurts to diversify!

Here’s a look at the Virgin Atlantic award chart:

Virgin Atlantic Award Chart
Virgin Atlantic Award Chart

So for instance, if you were to redeem from New York (JFK) to London (LHR) using Virgin Atlantic miles, you’d be looking at the following amount of miles:

Economy: 35,000 miles (plus $500 in taxes, fees and fuel surcharges)
Premium Economy: 55,000 miles (plus $810 in taxes, fees and fuel surcharges)
Upper Class: 80,000 miles (plus $1,300 in taxes, fees and fuel surcharges)

Redeeming directly on Virgin Atlantic can come with some hefty fuel surcharges.
Redeeming directly on Virgin Atlantic can come with some hefty fuel surcharges.

However, don’t let the high fuel surcharges on Virgin Atlantic dissuade you, since Virgin Atlantic has 14 different airline partners where you can also use these miles on, including Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Cyprus Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Gulf Air, Jet Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Virgin America and Virgin Australia.

You can also transfer Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton at a 1:1.5 ratio, so these 90,000 bonus miles would equate to 135,000 Hilton HHonors points, after the recent devaluation back in February.

Although the $90 annual fee isn’t waived, these 50,000 miles after spending the $12,000 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 app-o-rama, this might be a good option to score a decent bonus in the meantime.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and discounted Delta  Sky Club access.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 miles for every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn one mile for every eligible dollar you spend on other purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms Apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.74%-26.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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