Increased 65K Virgin Atlantic offer

In our Frequent Miler on the Air broadcast this weekend, Greg and I discussed the newly increased offer on the Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard, but I just realized that we hadn’t yet published a post alerting readers to the new offer details. You can now earn 65,000 total Virgin Atlantic miles: That’s 60,000 miles after just $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months plus 5,000 bonus miles when you add two authorized users. Virgin Atlantic miles can be quite valuable to have, as can this card (See: Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard Deep Dive: Maximize Earnings and Status).

The Offer

Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard
Up to 65K miles
60K after $2K spend in first 90 days + 5K for adding 2 authorized users

$90 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 75K: 20K after first purchase + 50K after $12K in 6 months + 5K for adding 2 authorized users

Key Card Details

Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard

Annual Fee: $90

Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base

Earning rate: 1.5X everywhere

Big spend bonus: Companion award ticket with $25K annual spend; 7,500 bonus points with $15K cardmember year spend + an additional 7,500 points with $25K cardmember year spend; Also: 25 tier point towards elite status per $2,500 spend (max 50 tier points per month).

See also: An analysis of the Virgin Atlantic 90K offer

Quick Thoughts

While we used to frequently see a bonus that was advertised as “90K miles” on this card, that offer was really for 75K bonus miles (See: An analysis of the Virgin Atlantic 90K offer) and we have not seen that offer return in quite some time. This new offer is being advertised as an 80K offer, but once again that number includes anniversary spending bonus points that are an annual feature of the card rather than a new cardmember bonus, so this is really a 65K offer.

Though on the surface the new offer looks a bit less lucrative, previous 75K offers have required $12K in spend, whereas the new 65K offer requires just $2K in purchases in the first 90 days). Both offers have included 5K for adding two authorized users.

One of the nice things about Virgin Atlantic miles is that they are easy to obtain, which means it is easy to add miles to those earned from this bonus to put together the points you need for an award. Virgin Atlantic is an Amex transfer partner, Chase transfer partner, and Citi transfer partner.

Virgin Atlantic has a number of nice sweet spots, including the fact that Virgin Atlantic sometimes shows really good Delta award availability (and for many fewer miles). Here are a couple of posts on using Virgin Atlantic miles:

Of course, another Virgin Atlantic sweet spot is for ANA First Class between the eastern US and Tokyo for 120K miles round trip or just 110K miles round trip from the west coast. Virgin Atlantic publishes different award charts for each partner, which can be found here.

Overall, it’s great to see an increased offer finally return on this card for those who have been waiting it out for a better bonus.

H/T: Million Mile Secrets

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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If I want to use VX miles to fly on DL to Hawaii would a one stop flt cost the same miles as a nonstop?
My base is BOI and when I fly to Hawaii, usually OGG and KOA, there are no nonstops. So my usual routing in BOI>SEA/PDX/SFO>Hawaii. Typically these flts on DL cost 26K, and up, for main cabin one way. Would VX charge 25K miles for this itin.?