New Link Found for 90,000 Mile Bonus Virgin Atlantic Card

A little over a month ago an offer came out promising up to 90,000 miles for the Virgin Atlantic co-brand credit card.

Now, these are Virgin Atlantic miles which aren’t the most valuable. And the offer required a whole bunch of spend. So it’s wasn’t the greatest card offer out there. In fact, I view the card as 82,500 miles for $15,000 spend and wouldn’t take it all the way to capture the full offer on the table.

But it was from an issuer without too many co-brand cards (my only current Bank of America card is an Alaska Visa), and it’s potentially a lot of miles.

The link for the offer appeared to die, so it seemed like the chance for this was gone. But it turns out that another link still works.

This card used to come as an American Express (one of those oddball American Express cards not issued by American Express). Now it’s a MasterCard.

It’s advertised as a signup bonus of up to 90,000 miles but I wouldn’t think about it that way. There are several pieces to the bonus, and you should probably take less than the full miles. And you should know that Virgin Atlantic miles are among the least valuable.

The offer is:

  • 20,000 Flying Club bonus miles after first purchase
  • 50,000 additional Flying Club bonus miles after spending $12,000 in within 6 months
  • Earn up to 15,000 additional bonus miles upon anniversary — 7500 if you spend $15,000 in the year on the card, and 15,000 if you spend $25,000 in the year on the card.
  • Earn up to 5,000 Flying Club bonus miles when you add additional authorized users to your card

Sign up. Put $12,000 on the card. And you get 70,000 miles. Add an authorized user and it’s 75,000 miles.

But if you’re going to do $12,000 in spend, might as well spend $3000 more for an extra 7500 miles.

Then you’re earning 82,500 miles with the card. I wouldn’t put the full $25,000 on this card.

There are some unique benefits of MasterCard and this card is being issued as a World Elite MasterCard. Those have much better travel benefits than simple World MasterCards do.

One of the popular uses for Virgin miles in the past was converting to Hilton at one-to-two, 50,000 Virgin miles would yield 100,000 Hilton points. But the ratio nhas been devalued to 1-to-1.5. And Hilton devalued. 75,000 Hilton HHonors points doesn’t especially appeal to me, but some folks will find that useful.

Still, Virgin miles are fairly easy to acquire. Points transfer into Virgin from both American Express Membership Rewards and from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

I’m not a fan of Virgin Atlantic miles, although I have a ton. This offer is strong enough that it has tempted me many times. But I’ve never redeeemed the points. That’s why I put together a list of the great ways to redeem Virgin Atlantic’s miles.

Of course where paid travel would entail a fuel surcharge, Virgin adds that to the cost of an award ticket.

They’ve reduced fuel surcharges on economy awards but those aren’t the awards I’m looking for. (Better off in most cases using Delta miles for the same awards.)

What’s more, departures in a premium cabin originating in the U.K. entail a substantial tax — on top of the surcharges. So Virgin award tickets often aren’t cheap.

(HT: Free Frequent Flyer Miles)


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Comments

  1. Tried to convince myself on this card several times, but it never passes the sleep-on-it-overnight test. Those nasty fuel surcharges make BA seem downright cheap.

  2. I just got a targeted email for the 75k offer today. The required spend is way to high and to me it it is lie telling me 75k when 15k of it is on anniversary after spend.

    20,000 Flying Club bonus miles after your first retail purchase
    35,000 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

  3. Were you high when you wrote this dude? The english is awful. I’m not talking You’re versus your, I’m talking “I is good at english and other stuff too”.

    Now, these are Virgin Atlantic miles which aren’t the most valuable. And the offer required a whole bunch of spend. So it’s wasn’t the greatest card offer out there.

    This isn’t three sentences, it’s one.

  4. Actually signed up for the 90k offer, should hit the spend of 15k this month. I think I found a sweet spot on this by using it for first class on Virgin America between DFW/DAL to SFO/LAX for 40k miles round trip. I think they have the best first class product on a non Trans Con. BTW, Gary, spending $15k will net you 105k miles.

  5. “But I’ve never redeeemed the points. That’s why I put together a list of the great ways to redeem Virgin Atlantic’s miles.”

    So great even the GREATEST won’t bother using his own recommendations.

  6. I’ve commented on this several times in various posts, but Gary keeps saying this anyway: “Add an authorized user and it’s 75,000 miles.” Wrong, it’s 5K miles for TWO AUs, not one. No problem for me to add my wife, but I don’t have anyone else I want as a user on my card, so only 2.5K for me.

    That the annual fee of $90 is not waived the first year is another factor in deciding whether to get the card, is also unmentioned.

  7. @ABC Yeah, that sounded quite ironic to me at first too. But when I clicked on the link, some of those uses were surprisingly good. But it’s understandable why someone with Gary’s ton of miles and points might not have chosen to use them over his other options. No reason not to tell us about them though.

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