* FREE = 1.2 million miles
If you have 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles sitting around, here’s the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one. Richard Branson’s Necker Island, located in the British Virgin Islands, has opened up a few dates (referred to as “Celebration Weeks”) in January and February for people to book individual rooms. While most dates are cash only, you can book a full week starting February 12th for 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles. Note that the price does not include airfare.
Acquiring 1.2 Million Virgin Atlantic Miles
As shown in my Transfer Partner Master List, Virgin Atlantic is the single most promiscuous airline loyalty program. You can transfer points from any of the 5 major transferable points programs to Virgin Atlantic: Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Diners Club, and SPG. So, if you have 1.2 million points across those programs and Virgin Atlantic, you can make this happen.
Before transferring any points to Virgin Atlantic, though, please note that Necker Island awards can be put on hold for up to a week. I highly recommend making sure that you can hold the week before transferring points.
Booking the week
Two people are included, a third is $$$$$ extra
As some readers may remember, I have a week already booked at Necker Island for October 2016. That booking includes all food, activities, and tips for two people (my wife and I). To catch up, please see these posts:
- Considering the 1.2 million mile Necker Island challenge… Who’s with me?
- Necker Island, here we come!
- 1,200,000 miles for Necker Island: Not easy. Not free.
A few days ago I received an email saying that February dates had opened up on Necker Island. We have competing plans for Valentine’s Day week so it wasn’t really practical, but I was curious if Necker Island would allow us to change the October booking to February, and if we could tack on our son as a third guest. So, I emailed to ask. Here’s what I learned:
- Yes, they would let us change dates for no fee.
- Yes, we could add a 3rd person, but it will cost us $7,000 + 2.5% service charge for the 3rd guest and an upgrade fee of $2,520 + 2.5% BVI service charge to upgrade from a Great House Room to Bali Kukila.
In summary, we would have to pay a fee to add our son, plus we would have to upgrade to a bigger room. Altogether, adding our son would cost us $9,758. No thanks!
While 1.2 million points is an outrageous sum, keep in mind that Necker Island rooms start at about $30,000 for the week. At face value, 1.2 million points works out to 2.5 cents value per point. That’s not amazing, but its pretty good – if you value Necker Island at face value (note: that’s a big “if”). I also think this would be a candidate for the most amazing Valentine’s Day gift ever.
If anyone does do this, I’d love to hear about your experience — It could make a great story for this blog!