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Good news keeps coming from Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program. Tuesday, we saw the return of the 30% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to Flying Club — which creates amazing sweet spots on ANA business and first class.
Now, Flying Club is allowing its members book Delta awards online. This allows you to score some excellent Delta redemptions through Flying Club without having to deal with calling the airline. Let’s take a look at how you can maximize this new option.
First, it’s important to note that Flying Club is a transfer partner of all of the major point currencies (Amex, Chase, Citi, Starwood). So, it doesn’t matter if you’re looking to spend points earned from the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, The Platinum Card® from American Express or the 25,000 point bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express. All of these points can transfer to Flying Club and can be put to use for these redemptions.
Redemption Rates and Sweet Spots
Here are some of the top Flying Club redemption options on Delta:
- 50,000 miles for one-way business class US-Europe
- 22,500 miles for one-way first class intra-US — even transcontinental routes
- 60,000 miles for one-way business class US-Asia
- 20,000 miles for one-way economy to Hawaii
- 37,500 miles for one-way first class to Hawaii
For those wondering about specific routes, here’s the full chart from the Flying Club website:
How to Search
Searching on Virgin Atlantic’s website can be frustrating until you learn a couple of tricks. First, start here by entering your origin airport. Then, search for your destination. If it’s not in Virgin Atlantic’s route map, it’s not going to show up. But, there’s a workaround — simply click the pin on the right side of the “To” box and select your state and airport that way to be able to search domestic routes:
Right now, there’s some incredible availability showing up online for some of these sweet spots. Here’s availability for two passengers in Delta’s 767-400ER lie-flat business class from Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK):
Detroit (DTW) to Amsterdam (AMS) for two passengers on Delta’s A330 lie-flat business class for 50,000 miles and $5.60:
There’s even some availability for one-way flights from Detroit (DTW) to Shanghai (PVG) for two passengers on Delta’s 777-200LR lie-flat business class for 60,000 miles and $5.60:
Those rates are already pretty good, especially considering that you can transfer points from all four major transferable point currencies. However, with the current Membership Rewards transfer bonus, it gets even sweeter:
|Route and Product||Virgin Atlantic
Flying Club miles
|LAX-JFK lie-flat business||22,500||17,308|
|DTW-AMS lie-flat business||50,000||38,462|
|DTW-PVG lie-flat business||60,000||46,154|
*Points can only be transferred in 1,000 point increments. So, you’ll have to round up.
There were already some excellent award options for booking Delta award flights through Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club. Now, with a new Membership Rewards transfer bonus and the availability to book Delta award flights on Flying Club’s website, these sweet spots got even cheaper and easier to book. And, it’s not often that we get to share that great news!
H/T: One Mile At A Time