Transfer Citi Points To Virgin Atlantic With 30% Bonus

Transfer Citi Points To Virgin Atlantic With 30% Bonus

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It feels like we haven’t seen many credit card transfer bonuses lately. That’s why it’s worth noting that Citi ThankYou has just launched its newest transfer bonus, which has the potential to be lucrative.

Transfer Citi ThankYou points with a 30% bonus

Between February 18 and March 16, 2024, the Citi ThankYou program in the United States is offering a 30% bonus on points transfers to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

Citi ThankYou 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic

Ordinarily points transfer at a 1:1 ratio (in 1,000 point increments), while through this promotion you’d get 1,300 Flying Club points for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points transferred.

We see transferable points currencies frequently offer bonuses on transfers to Virgin Atlantic, and we’ve seen such promotions from all major transferable points currencies in the past year.

There are several great cards earning Citi ThankYou points, including the Citi Premier® Card (review), and it’s easy to combine points between the cards.

Should you transfer Citi points to Virgin Atlantic?

Virgin Atlantic is definitely a frequent flyer program with more niche redemption opportunities. In addition to being able to redeem Flying Club points for travel on Virgin Atlantic, there’s also good value to be had for redemptions on Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, and Delta.

Award redemption rates on Virgin Atlantic are very reasonable, and a one-way Upper Class transatlantic award will typically cost you 47,500-57,500 Flying Club points. The catch is 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 well over $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. You can find the redemption rates below.

Flying Club redemption rates on ANA

Paying 45,000-47,500 Flying Club points for a one-way business class ticket between the United States and Japan is a phenomenal value to start with. Then when you consider the 30% transfer bonus, that means you could be paying significantly fewer Citi points. First class can also be a good deal.

All Nippon Airways’ new first & business class are amazing products as well. The major catch is that availability can be really tough to come by.

All Nippon Airways’ first class

Bottom line

Between February 18 and March 16, 2024, the Citi ThankYou program is offering a 30% bonus on points transfers 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 value is for travel on All Nippon Airways, as you could fly ANA first class roundtrip to Japan for 93,000 Citi points, assuming you can find availability.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this Citi transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club?

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  1. Fee Guest

    Enter number of miles
    200,000
    Number of miles
    Round to the nearest 1,000 miles
    Minimum 1,000 miles
    Maximum 200,000 miles
    Total miles
    200,000
    Total cost
    $1,000.00
    Includes taxes, fees, and discounts

    Not for $1k out of pocket for the transfer!

  2. D3kingg Guest

    VS is great. If I ever get the AMEX green and platinum I want to fly them ultra long haul in upper class.

  3. DWT Guest

    Very odd, but the bonus is not showing up in my account. (US Citi Prestige Card holder.)

    1. Mike Guest

      I see it for Citi Premier.

  4. Brent Guest

    The ANA thing is nice if you can hit it. ITA direct to Rome runs 75k plus minimal fees (around $10) on Virgin. With this bonus, it would bring the cost down to 58k each way. And you can find these flights. It is worth considering.

  5. Pat Guest

    IF you are willing to fly coach, Virgin's surcharges largely vanish. From the Northeast USA, you can fly TATL round-trip for 20k Virgin points plus about $300 out of pocket. Not only does this apply to London via Virgin, but also Amsterdam (via KLM) or Paris (via Air France) IF you are willing to fly coach.

    Award seats on Premium Economy get iffy on value, as they get closer to 30k points + $900 out...

    IF you are willing to fly coach, Virgin's surcharges largely vanish. From the Northeast USA, you can fly TATL round-trip for 20k Virgin points plus about $300 out of pocket. Not only does this apply to London via Virgin, but also Amsterdam (via KLM) or Paris (via Air France) IF you are willing to fly coach.

    Award seats on Premium Economy get iffy on value, as they get closer to 30k points + $900 out of pocket round-trip. And yes, Upper Class redemptions are definitely a splurge, as the points and cash requirements are basically twice that of Premium Economy.

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Brent Guest

The ANA thing is nice if you can hit it. ITA direct to Rome runs 75k plus minimal fees (around $10) on Virgin. With this bonus, it would bring the cost down to 58k each way. And you can find these flights. It is worth considering.

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Pat Guest

IF you are willing to fly coach, Virgin's surcharges largely vanish. From the Northeast USA, you can fly TATL round-trip for 20k Virgin points plus about $300 out of pocket. Not only does this apply to London via Virgin, but also Amsterdam (via KLM) or Paris (via Air France) IF you are willing to fly coach. Award seats on Premium Economy get iffy on value, as they get closer to 30k points + $900 out of pocket round-trip. And yes, Upper Class redemptions are definitely a splurge, as the points and cash requirements are basically twice that of Premium Economy.

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Mike Guest

I see it for Citi Premier.

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