It merits mentioning just what an incredible deal your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles are when redeeming on nonstop Delta flights, particularly in business class.
We are in an odd era in which an airline charges significantly more miles for its own flights than its partners charge for the same flight. Take Delta’s transatlantic service to Europe for example.
Delta wants 105K one-way as the “saver level” price for a trip from Los Angeles to Paris. Book it round-trip and you come to 128K…a far better deal…but what if you just want one-way?
Virgin Atlantic comes to the rescue. It charges 50K miles for a nonstop Delta flight in business class (Delta One) between the United States and Europe. Book one-way or round-trip from the United States and you will not even pay any fuel surcharges.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather pay 50K each way or 100K round-trip than 105K one-way or 128K round-trip. Virgin Atlantic also has a more flexible and cheaper change or cancellation policy than Delta.
And it’s not just Europe. Delta wants 200K for a “saver” award to Shanghai in business class. Virgin Atlantic will charge you only 60K for the same flight. Again, there will be no fuel surcharge.
Understand that as counterintuitive as it may seem, booking Delta awards on Virgin Atlantic simply makes a lot more sense than booking directly with Delta when saver space is available. You can check the award space directly on virginatlantic.com by inputting the city pairs and choosing “miles” as a form of payment.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather send my AMEX or Chase points to Virgin and score premium cabin seats or suites on Delta for far cheaper than booking directly with Delta. Even better, you can call the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and place the space on hold before you even transfer the points. Virgin also has a more generous cancellation and redeposit policy than Delta and no excise tax when transferring from AMEX.
Virgin Atlantic teaches us that we don’t have to waste miles in order to fly premium cabins on Delta.