Transfer Chase Points To Virgin Atlantic With 30% Bonus

The Chase Ultimate Rewards program has just introduced its latest transfer bonus. Of the major transferable points currencies, Chase Ultimate Rewards has historically had the fewest transfer bonuses, so it’s always nice to see one of these offered. This is in addition to the 25% bonus currently being offered on transfers to Air France-KLM Flying Blue.

Chase offering 30% Virgin Atlantic transfer bonus

Through Wednesday, June 15, 2022, you can receive a 30% bonus when you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

This promotion is being offered on Chase’s end (in the United States), and is hard coded into the transfer ratio, meaning you should see the bonus at the time that you make the transfer. You can take advantage of this offer an unlimited number of times. Transfers from Chase to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club are generally instant.

There are several great cards earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and it’s easy to combine points between the cards.

Redeem points for Virgin Atlantic A350 Upper Class

Should you transfer Chase points to Virgin Atlantic?

Virgin Atlantic is definitely a frequent flyer program with more niche redemption opportunities. Generally the two best uses of Flying Club points are for travel on Virgin Atlantic and All Nippon Airways.

If you want to redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points for travel on Virgin Atlantic, here’s what you can expect to pay in terms of roundtrip award costs to & from London:

Route to/from UK

Economy

Premium Economy

Upper Class

Israel

Standard: 18,000
Peak: 22,000

Standard: 32,000
Peak: 40,000

Standard: 56,000
Peak: 66,000

India

Standard: 20,000
Peak: 40,000

Standard: 35,000
Peak: 55,000

Standard: 75,000
Peak: 95,000

USA – Northeast
(Boston, Newark, New York JFK, Washington DC)

Standard: 20,000
Peak: 40,000

Standard: 35,000
Peak: 55,000

Standard: 95,000
Peak: 115,000

Caribbean

Standard: 20,000
Peak: 40,000

Standard: 35,000
Peak: 55,000

Standard: 115,000
Peak: 135,000

USA – Midwest & South
(Atlanta, Miami, Orlando)

Standard: 25,000
Peak: 45,000

Standard: 45,000
Peak: 65,000

Standard: 95,000
Peak: 115,000

Nigeria, China & Hong Kong

Standard: 25,000
Peak: 45,000

Standard: 45,000
Peak: 65,000

Standard: 115,000
Peak: 135,000

South Africa

Standard: 25,000
Peak: 45,000

Standard: 50,000
Peak: 85,000

Standard: 115,000
Peak: 135,000

USA – West
(Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle)

Standard: 30,000
Peak: 50,000

Standard: 55,000
Peak: 75,000

Standard: 135,000
Peak: 155,000

Taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges apply to all Reward Flights

Generally Virgin Atlantic’s redemption rates are on the high side, at least for Upper Class. On top of that, there are significant carrier imposed surcharges (plus the UK Air Passenger Duty), especially for travel in Upper Class. You can expect that a roundtrip itinerary from the US to UK will run you about $1,000, in addition to all the points.

Beyond that, Virgin Atlantic has several airline partners, some of which are more lucrative than others. Probably the best use of Flying Club points is for travel in ANA first & business class. Here are the redemption rates:

Paying 95,000 and 120,000 points for business and first class between the US and Japan respectively is a phenomenal value to start with. Then when you consider the 30% transfer bonus, that means you’re just paying 74,000 and 93,000 Chase points, respectively.

All Nippon Airways’ new first & business class are amazing products as well. The major catch is that Japan’s borders continue to remain closed to tourists, and it’s anyone’s guess when they’ll reopen.

All Nippon Airways’ first class

Bottom line

Through June 15, 2022, you can receive a 30% bonus when you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. This is definitely more of a niche program, but with a specific use in mind, there’s a lot of value to be had.

With the 30% bonus, some might find it worthwhile to book on Virgin Atlantic for the convenience. Virgin Atlantic is good about releasing business class transatlantic award availability, so if you value the convenience of a nonstop and don’t mind paying the carrier imposed surcharges, there’s value there.

However, the real value here is booking with partners. The single best opportunity is for travel on All Nippon Airways, as you could fly ANA first class roundtrip to Japan for 93,000 Chase points. The issue is that this redemption isn’t all that valuable right now, with Japan’s borders continuing to remain largely closed.

Do you plan on transferring Chase points to Flying Club with a 30% bonus?

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