Virgin Atlantic is offering 25% off awards booked by October 3 for travel October 1 through December 31, 2023.
Chase, Capital One, Citibank, American Express and Bilt points all transfer to Virgin so it’s easy to access these points if you don’t already have them.
Retreat Suite, Credit: Virgin Atlantic
In the fall they offered a 50% rebate which meant you needed to have all the points in your account up front but gave you travel at a lower cost. That was better, and still not always worth it because of the surcharges. They made a similar offer to this one back in February and 30% off in June. So this is both a regular-ish offer, and less generous than the past three over the preceding year.
Virgin Atlantic’s miles are usually best used on partner redemptions that do not incur fuel surcharges which can be $1700 roundtrip on a Virgin Atlantic business class award.
Since you’re paying surcharges, and those can be a substantial portion of the paid fare when fares are lowest (which tends to coincide with when award space is available), the value of miles tends not to be outsized even when redeeming points at a discount.
Northeast – London is just 7,500 miles one way after discount. Business class starts at 35,600 miles. It’s definitely a nice offer for Virgin Atlantic credit card customers with upgrade and 2-for-1 vouchers.
Virgin Atlantic awards do count towards elite status. And this 25% discount is a lot better than paying full price for Virgin Atlantic award travel, of course!