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Last Chance to Book ANA First Class to Tokyo From 70,000 Amex Points Round-Trip

May 22, 2017
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Last Chance to Book ANA First Class to Tokyo From 70,000 Amex Points Round-Trip
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Over a month ago, we told you about a 30% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic. Then, we followed up, explaining how you can use this transfer bonus to book ANA's spectacular first-class product round-trip from the US to Tokyo for 70,000-93,000 Amex points. Since then, our inboxes have been filled with success stories from readers thrilled about successfully booking this deal.

If you've missed out so far, we wanted to give you one last reminder: Today is the last day to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club with a 30% bonus.

As a reminder, you can earn Membership Rewards points with a variety of cards, including:

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
  • The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express

If you miss out on this transfer bonus, you can still book ANA flights through Virgin Atlantic — but it's going to cost you more American Express Membership Rewards points:

Round-trip to/from Tokyo (NRT/HND)EconomyBusinessFirst Class
FromWithout bonusWith bonusWithout bonusWith bonusWithout bonusWith bonus
Honolulu (HNL)45,00035,00070,00054,00090,00070,000
Seattle (SEA)60,00047,00090,00070,000110,00085,000
San Francisco (SFO)60,00047,00090,00070,000110,00085,000
San Jose (SJC)60,00047,00090,00070,000110,00085,000
Los Angeles (LAX)60,00047,00090,00070,000110,00085,000
Chicago (ORD)65,00050,00095,00074,000120,00093,000
Houston (IAH)65,00050,00095,00074,000120,00093,000
New York City (JFK)65,00050,00095,00074,000120,00093,000
Washington, D.C. (IAD)65,00050,00095,00074,000120,00093,000

A quick guide on how this works:

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  • Search for ANA award availability [United, ExpertFlyer, ANA or Aeroplan]. Remember that you have to book a round-trip to use Virgin Atlantic miles on ANA.
  • Call Virgin Atlantic to put flights on hold (up to 48 hours).
  • Log in to your American Express account.
  • Click Membership Rewards on the right side of the main page.
  • Click the Travel tab.
  • Scroll down and click "Get Started" under Transfer Points.
  • Select Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.
  • Link your Membership Rewards and Flying Club accounts, if not already linked.
  • Transfer the number of points you need (based on the chart above).
  • Log in to your Virgin Atlantic account to confirm that the points have transferred. In our testing, this transfer happens instantaneously. Let us know if it takes longer than a few minutes.
  • Call Virgin Atlantic back and ticket the held flight.

To be clear, the whole process doesn't have to be completed today — just the transfer from Amex to Virgin Atlantic. So, if you have enough flexibility to wait for award space to open up, you can speculatively transfer points to Virgin Atlantic. However, remember devaluations can happen at any time.

Let us know if you book ANA flights using this transfer bonus.

Featured image by ANA's 777-300ER first class is arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, so each of the window seats also have aisle access.

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