Earlier this week Bank of America released the 65,000 mile Flyer Club welcome bonus offer for the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard which was reintroduced to consumers in August. Previously, it was the Virgin Atlantic Black American Express.
I personally love flying with Virgin Airlines and am considering to take on this offer, but for reasons I’ll describe below.
Here is the breakdown of the welcome bonus:
20,000 bonus miles after your first purchase
5,000 bonus miles when you add additional cardholders to your account
25,000 additional Flying Club bonus miles after you spend at least $2,500 in qualifying purchases
- 15,000 bonus miles after spending $25,000 in the calendar year
If the 15,000 for $25,000 is an amount that you don’t care to go for, then this bonus offer is still good for 50,000 miles. $25,000 is a bit much, but taking this welcome bonus as a 50,000 points offer after spending $2,500 is more idealistic.
As Virgin Atlantic’s main airport hub is London, most of their flights are directed towards London. Departing out of London comes with expensive fees and taxes making it less attractive out of the city such as the Air Passenger Duty (APD) which costs at least $300.
Personally, I love to fly with Virgin Atlantic, but the better payoff in my opinion would be to exchange the Flying Club points to book with Hilton Honors at a rate of 1:2. The minimum cost of bookings at a Hilton brand has to be 10,000 in increments of 5,000 points per night and depending on the level of luxury you’re looking for those points can be stretched quite a bit.
The next big trip I plan to take is to South East Asia so I checked out different Hilton properties that I can use the Flyer Club points. If i get the 50,000 welcome bonus, that exchanges to 100,000 Hilton Honors.
Options for spending the Flyer Club points at Hilton properties in Thailand:
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa Thailand is known for its tropical and exotic beaches. One way to spend the points while on vacation is with two nights at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, thought it’s not all inclusive.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok If I find myself in Bangkok, the Hilton DoubleTree could be a good choice for 20,000 points per night. It’s unlikely that I would spend more than a couple of days in Bangkok, but I could hypothetically spend 5 nights there with the points exchange.