April 17, 2017
AMEX Offering 30% Bonus on Transfers to Virgin Atlantic

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American Expressing is offering a 30% transfer bonus when you transfer miles from American Express Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, now through May 22, 2017. Points must be transferred in increments of 1,000. The main cards that earn AMEX Membership Reward points are Personal AMEX Platinum Card, Business AMEX Platinum Card, AMEX Gold Card, and the AMEX Everyday Preferred Card.

Virgin Atlantic doesn’t have the best reward program and recently devalued its award chart. There are a few good value options available on non-peak travel periods, but I wouldn’t transfer points unless I had a specific redemption already in mind. Virgin Atlantic also adds high fuel charges on award tickets, typically between $300-$1,200 roundtrip depending on the class of the ticket. If you need to top off your Flying Club balance for a specific award go ahead and transfer, but other than that I’d hold onto my American Express points as there are better AMEX transfer partners.

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