Head for Points has two big pieces of news about Virgin Atlantic’s frequent flyer program.
- Virgin is offering 25,000 mile roundtrip coach awards. Though the pricing works whether you start in the U.S. or the U.K., I could only get the page with details of the offer to come up when my location was set to the U.K. Bookings for 25,000 instead of 35,000 miles roundtrip must be made by September 20 (for travel any time through end of schedule) and taxes and fees total £215 – £260.
- Virgin has improved its award ticket cancellation and mileage redeposit policy. It used to be you’d lose 25% of your miles but there was no cancel/deposit option within 7 days of travel. Now you can cancel and get all of your miles back up to 24 hours prior to travel for a US$50 fee. Compare that to the sweeping new standard in the U.S. of $200, and it looks pretty good (and Delta will not allow changes within 72 hours of travel).
Interestingly, Delta now owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic. With the big price increase for transatlantic business class awards it is not always obvious that I’d rather use Delta miles than Virgin Atlantic’s even though Virgin adds fuel surcharges onto awards regardless of the origin of the trip (Delta only imposes ‘international origination surcharges’ on European-originating trips, not awards starting in the U.S.).