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Transfer Bonus: Unlock Some Awesome Premium Awards With Fewer Amex Points!

Written by Charlie

Use this new transfer bonus to book first class on ANA to Japan for just 85,000 Amex MR points roundtrip! Or book to Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and more using fewer Amex points when you transfer them to Virgin Atlantic with this new transfer bonus. Get the details here!

There is a new (repeat) transfer bonus here today that will give you 30% more Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles when you transfer your Membership Reward points to them!

This is great if you would like to take advantage of some great premium awards like first class on ANA to Asia or even business class to Australia! It will now require fewer Membership Reward points to make that happen when you transfer them to Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program.

Transfer Bonus From Amex Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

transfer bonus from amex to virgin atlantic

Link: Amex Transfer to Virgin Atlantic

Here are the details of this transfer bonus:

  • Transferring 1,000 MR points will now equal 1,300 Flying club miles (30% bonus active)
  • Minimum transfer is 1,000 Membership Rewards points.
  • Redeem for this exclusive offer from 12:00 a.m. MT on August 1, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. MT on September 12, 2018, to receive 30% additional Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles.
  • Additional Virgin Atlantic Flying Club will be awarded at the time of transfer.
What Can You Do With Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles?

Virgin Atlantic actually has some attractive award partners that can help you redeem for awards all over the world. Here is a list of those partners:

  • Delta
  • ANA
  • Singapore
  • Air New Zealand
  • Virgin Australia
  • South African Airways
  • Air China
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • SAS

Some of the sweet spots with Virgin Atlantic would be:

  • Redeeming for first class on ANA (roundtrip) from the West Coast of the US – 110,000 miles (only 85,000 Amex MR Points!)
    • Redeeming from the rest of the US would be 120,000 miles (or 93,000 Amex points)
    • Search on United for the flights and then call Virgin Atlantic to book
  • Redeeming for business from the US to Europe on Delta (one way) – 50,000 points (only 39,000 Amex MR points!)
    • Search and book on Virgin Atlantic
  • Redeeming for business from the US to New Zealand on Air New Zealand (one way) – 62,500 miles (only 49,000 Amex MR points!)
    • Search on United for the flights and then call Virgin Atlantic to book *note: these can be hard to find sometimes!
  • Redeeming for business from the US to Australia on Delta (one way) – 75,000 miles (only 58,000 Amex MR points!)
    • These can also be hard to find but become easier to find as you get closer to depature

If you want to take advantage of these (or other sweet spots), definitely give those transfer bonus some thought! You have until September 12th to take advantage of it so that means you could do spending this month to have the points post in time to Amex (as long as your closing date is about one week before the 12th of September, to be safe).

Featured image courtesy of Air New Zealand

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • For ANA first class from West Coast to Japan, what would the fuel charge be? How much is ANA biz class round trip? If I find the round trip on United airlines, do I call Virgin Atlantic to book and is this an easy process?


    • @ Jan – It would be around/under $200. Business class from the west coast would be 90,000 Flying Club miles so just 70,000 Membership Reward points. Yep, search on United and when you find the ANA flights you want, give Virgin Atlantic a call and book it! Just like that! Enjoy the flight!

  • I would like to try ANA first class, How would I go about doing this ? transfer MR to virgin atlantic or ANA?, would appreciate your kind help and thank you.