Earlier this week Bank of America released the 65,000 mile Flyer Club sign up 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 sign up 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 sign up 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.

 

Virgin Atlantic

The 50k signup bonus is enough for a round trip economy trip across the pond.

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 signup 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.

HHonors Reward Category: 5
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok

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.

HHonors Reward Category: 4

The Bottom Line:

The Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard is a great card for anyone who wants to rack up Hilton Honors points. The exchange rate at 1:2 is great for booking stays because if you’re planning on staying at any Hilton your able to have at least one free nights stay to. Stay at a Category 4 and enjoy five nights. I really like the service that Virgin Atlantic offers, but using the 50k sign up bonus at a Hilton property would go a longer way as booking a flight would only serve me a with a roundtrip ticket in economy.

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