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30% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic from Membership Rewards

Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus

American Express is offering a limited-time 30% transfer bonus on points transferred from Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. The Deal Receive 1,300 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points transferred to Virgin. Note that this is Virgin Atlantic, not the US-based Virgin America. Key terms: Minimum transfer is 1,000 Membership Rewards points. Offer valid from 12:00 a.m. MT on April 17, 2017 to 11:59 p.m. MT on May 22, 2017. Additional Virgin…

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Business Class Virgin Atlantic San Francisco to Manchester from $1994 round trip

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

As reported by Secret Flying, Virgin Atlantic has some incredible business class fares for their new route from San Francisco to Manchester, UK — starting as low as $1994 through agencies on Momondo or $2004 direct through Virgin Atlantic/Delta/OTA of your choice. That price is available from May through September. I also found some availability on Air France and KLM for under $2050. This would be a very good use of the American Express Business Platinum pay…

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FARE WAR: Business class to Europe from $1795 wide open cities and dates!

British Airways Club World

UPDATE #1: We are adding new cities as we find them — there are now fares starting from $1795! UPDATE #2: Oneworld pricing appears to either be dead or extremely limited from Atlanta, but still alive on many dates from Pittsburgh. SkyTeam availability still appears to be very strong as of 2:30pm Eastern time. This fare sale is not likely to last, so we recommend booking if you find dates that work for you. We…

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Necker Island award same price, but harder to get

Branson chokes Greg plus thought bubble

After my trip to Necker Island, I learned that Virgin Atlantic was considering increasing the 1.2 million mile award price.  I published the news here: Necker Island award price probably going up. Last call for 1.2 million miles.  Well, I finally got official notice about the change and it’s not what I expected… The good news, for my 3 or 4 readers who were hoping to do this, is that the award price is not…

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The Hunt for Virgin Duckies

Virgin Limited Edition Duck Necker Island

Last year I spent 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles for an all-inclusive week for two on Richard Branson’s Necker Island.  The trip far exceeded my expectations (see: Is Necker Island really worth 1.2 million miles?).  At the end of the trip we walked away with new friends from around the world, incredible memories, and a bit of swag: straw hats, flip-flops, a fish shaped Swiss corkscrew army knife, and a Necker Island rubber ducky. Necker…

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Is Necker Island really worth 1.2 million miles?

Necker Island Breakfast

Yesterday, Condé Nast Traveler published “How One Guy Vacationed With Richard Branson…By Using Points.”  That guy was me.  My wife and I enjoyed an all-expense-paid week on Richard Branson’s Necker Island, and we paid for it with miles.  A lot of miles.  1.2 million miles. Was it worth it? Arrival When we arrived at Beef Island airport, in the British Virgin Islands, a taxi van drove us to a nearby dock. There, Necker Island staff…

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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club devalues miles, adds features

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Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club has announced huge changes effective November 13th 2016.  Here’s a summary of the changes: Earning miles on Virgin Atlantic flights: Earn fewer miles for cheap economy tickets, earn far more miles for expensive premium tickets.  Mileage earning on partner airlines has not changed. Earning elite status: The details have changed quite a bit.  If interested, please see Virgin Atlantic’s website for details. Redeeming miles: They introduced standard and peak dates where…

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Necker Island award price probably going up. Last call for 1.2 million miles.

Necker Island View from Patio

UPDATE: Virgin Atlantic didn’t increase the award price after all. Instead they added a requirement. You must now have Silver or Gold status with the airline to make the award booking. More details can be found here: Necker Island award same price, but harder to get. My wife and I had such a fantastic trip to Necker Island for Celebration Week that we started planning our next trip as soon as we got home!  I…

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