Through Aug 23, 2015 you can get 25% bonus miles when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. This is the first time we have seen a transfer bonus from Citi, which means there could be more for other partners.
You can only transfer when you have either ThankYou Premier or Citi Prestige Credit Cards and you can not transfer ThankYou points earned through Citi banking relationship as they considered as taxable.
What can you do with Virgin Atlantic miles?
You can redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying club miles for award travel on Virgin Atlantic and many of its partners. Some of the notable partners are Singapore Airlines and Jet Airways for International travel and Virgin America, Delta and Hawaiian airlines for travel in USA.
Note that Virgin Atlantic requires you to book round trip awards when redeeming for partner awards.
You cannot redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for premium cabin awards on Singapore airlines routes that are operated by A380, B777 or A350 (you can still redeem economy awards)
Virgin Atlantic Flying club miles can be redeemed for award tickets with Virgin America and there are no fuel surcharges. They can offer value especially during busy seasons.
Below is the chart for round trip redemptions between various cities. Finding awards in Main Cabin mileage can be challenging, but not impossible.
For example, you need 10,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying club miles for a round trip award between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With this promotion, you just need 8,000 ThankYou points for this award when you consider the 25% bonus.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles can also redeemed for award travel with Delta airlines. If you can find saver space on Delta, you can get a round trip business class award within US for 45,000 miles.
Virgin Atlantic adds hefty fuel surcharges on its own awards. However, they are nominal on Jet airways compared to Virgin Atlantic redemptions. You can get a round trip economy award with Jet Airways from Mumbai to Newark for 95,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying club miles and $267.49 in Fuel Surcharges + Taxes + fees or 190,000 miles for a round trip business award.
Virgin Atlantic flying club miles can be redeemed for many partners awards including Singapore Airlines, Jet Airways, Delta, Virgin America etc.. Note that you must book round trip awards with most its partners and booking must be made at least 7 days in advance.
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