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It’s the most read post on the blog, but sadly The Continental Club Guide to Converting Virgin Atlantic Miles To Avios has just been rendered partially out-of-date thanks to a change in the relationship between Hilton HHonors and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.
Hitherto, the conversion rate was 1 Virgin Atlantic Mile = 2 Hilton HHonors, but from 6th February 2014 the ratio has changed. It’s now 2 Virgin Atlantic Miles = 3 Hilton HHonors meaning that, for the moment at least, anyone wanting to transfer from Virgin to Avios would be 50% better off doing so via InterContinental Hotel Group’s IHG Rewards instead – which currently maintains its transfer ratio:
For more details on how to convert Virgin miles to Avios, The Continental Club Guide to Converting Virgin Atlantic Miles To Avios still has all the information that you’ll need – but do remember that devaluations and conversion ratios can and do change all the time.
by Continental Club on January 23, 2014 | Leave a comment • Tagged as: Buy Virgin Miles, Purchase Virgin Miles, Transfer Virgin Miles, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Virgin Buy Miles Bonus, Virgin Miles Transfer Bonus, Virgin Purchase Miles Bonus
Virgin Atlantic has announced a 25% bonus offer on bought and transferred Flying Club miles. The carrier has also increased the number of miles which may be bought or gifted in a calendar year to 100,000 per member.
The promotion will run until 10th February 2014 and Virgin assure members that miles purchased will be available for use ‘straight away.’
There’s a £15/$25 transaction fee per purchase, so larger purchases become relatively slightly better value. Virgin’s Miles Booster scheme also offers the 25% bonus opportunity, although it doesn’t apply to the 1,000 bonus mile offer running concurrently on Miles Booster.
Members can purchase or transfer Flying Club miles in increments of 1,000 miles.
For full details, terms & conditions and to buy or transfer miles, visit virgin-atlantic.com.
Beating its Heathrow-based longhaul competition by what might yet turn out to be some considerable time, Virgin Atlantic has announced the details of its much-rumored ‘lifetime’ status for long-standing members of its Flying Club loyalty programme.
The never-ending Gold Card is part of a raft of changes to many parts of Flying Club’s offer, which together come hot on the heels of the airline’s new partnership with Delta Airlines.
Members travelling in Virgin’s Economy cabin can now earn 100% of base flown miles on the lowest fares, bringing the programme into line with British Airways’ Executive Club.
Virgin has at the same time (or, in fact, slightly earlier) increased the attractiveness of Economy redemptions by reducing the fuel surcharge component of the airfare, which remains payable by members spending their miles on tickets.
Buying and gifting miles is becoming more and more popular across many schemes, particularly with a view to ‘topping-up’ balances or to securing upgrades, so the lifting of the 30,000 annual mileage acquiral limit to 100,000 miles a year may particularly interest those needing to increase their balances quickly and substantially.
Members who are already flying regularly and who wish to increase their earning rates have been able to ‘boost‘ their miles for a little while now, but the Flying Club changes mean that the former transaction fee is now waived.
But the headline news is the introduction of ‘Lifetime Gold’, granted to members who have held Gold membership for ten consecutive years, with 300 tier points on Virgin Atlantic flights. And members who have earned 1 million base flown miles on Virgin Atlantic will receive what the airline describes as ‘an exclusive’ gift, too.
The changes are yet to feature on the Flying Club pages of the airline’s website, but the company’s communications invite those with queries to quote ‘AWAS505’ when contacting the Club to learn more.
For now, it will be interesting to see whether or how British Airways also breaks cover with a lifetime Executive Club membership opportunity, which has itself been the subject of discussion amongst frequent flyers for some time. Historically, the programmes have diverged most at the upper tiers of membership (BA overlays its Gold membership tier with a further ‘Gold Guest List’ tier, then a ‘Concorde Room’ card benefit and ultimately ‘Premier’ at the very top of the tree), but Executive Club members will undoubtedly be listening carefully for news of a no-need-to-renew benefit.
Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red UK domestic flights are now available from £45 one way (Manchester to London) and earn a minimum of 750 miles per flight. For full details and to book, visit virgin-atlantic.com.
Many loyalty programme members are now used to the idea of being able to use their points and miles for rewards in other programmes, and also being able to transfer loyalty currencies between programmes.
Converting Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles to Avios, the currency of the British Airways Executive Club (and Iberia Plus, and the standalone Avios programme) is something that a significant number of Continental Club readers look for help with from us.
As the two largest ‘network’ airlines based in the UK, and each with a large frequent flyer programme, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are both deeply involved with other travel and non-travel partners.
So, if you’re sitting on some Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles and you’d like to send them over to British Airways, then the good news is that you can. The bad news is that you can’t do it directly; you need to make use of a third party programme with which both airlines are associated. And the worse news is: it’s not particularly good value.