If 65,000 points for round trip business class on one of the (arguably) sexiest looking flat bed seats from the US to Australia (or vice versa) sounds like a dream, this is officially last call! One of the best (short lived) tricks is coming to a close on January 6th and if you want to get in and get down under in style you’ll need to get moving. Perhaps best of all if 65,000 points sounds like something you don’t have, you can instantly create them for $1477…

The easiest way to enjoy this post is to already have 35,000 or more SPG points (ideally 65,000), if you don’t already have either of those amounts you may still be in luck, but you’ll need to pay close attention…

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Is Ending Transfers To Virgin America, Which Means No More 65,000 SPG Point Round Trips On Virgin Australia…

Virgin America has been a nifty little loyalty program offering great partnerships with airlines like Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and more. Through these partnerships you could fly in dream seats for less miles than with virtually any other mileage earning program because Virgin America miles are generally worth double that of any other frequent flyer mile. Just this year Starwood (SPG) added Virgin America as an airline transfer partner, creating the first way to turn another type of point into a Virgin America point at a 1:1 ratio (or better).

Better! For Every 20,000 SPG Points You Transfer You Get 5,000 Bonus Virgin America Miles…

Virgin America charges 80,000 points for round trip business class from the US to Australia or vice versa and just $130 in taxes and fees. Since you get 5,000 bonus points for every 20,000 you transfer, you only need 65,000 SPG points to create 80,000 Virgin America points for your Virgin Australia Business Class flight. The best part is that you can instantly buy up to 30,000 SPG points (and you can buy unlimited points if you create a family account) to seriously hedge your costs and add major comfort…

If You Have 65,000 SPG Points You’re All Set, If Not You Can Buy Them For $1477, Less Than $280 More Than Standard Economy Pricing!…

Australia is a “bucket list” destination and economy tickets regularly run $1200. If dates are flexible you can quite literally “upgrade” your journey to a flat bed complete with an actual bar on a plane for $1477 by purchasing the Starwood Preferred Guest points you need to complete this little trick (and try to bypass the 30,000 point purchase limit with another trick, which is a risk). If you already have the 65,000 SPG points and are SURE that you want to use them for an amazing deal to Australia, you’ll need to transfer them to Virgin America BEFORE January 6th 2017. You do not need to book by January 6th however. Remember, in all cases transfers and purchases cannot be reversed.

*Your results may vary with bypassing the 30,000 point purchase restriction. In general accounts that are already created that have earned any points through hotel stays or partner activity will have an easier time than brand new accounts with no points earned.*

If You Need To Buy Points…

First you need a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) account. If you don’t have one you can create one for free. If you need to purchase more than 30,000 points, you’ll need to either use a pre existing friend or relatives account with a matching household address (to your address) which has been the same for 30 days or more. You can then link to your account to combine points in 1,000 point increments. Painful, I know, but totally worth it. You can buy points here.

*Pre existing accounts with earned points through stays will have an easier time than accounts with no previous activity to get points to transfer over, your results may vary and you should consider this as a risk before buying points. On the other hand, even if you don’t fly to Australia, a transfer to Virgin America will lead to an amazing effective 65% bonus when the points convert to Alaska Airlines miles in January*…

If You Need To Find Virgin Australia Space…

The best way to find Virgin Australia space is to use Delta.com. The rates you see on Delta are NOT the rates you’ll pay using Virgin America miles, but if you see any “saver”, low level space going for 80k miles one way (it’s best to search one way at a time), that will then be bookable using Virgin America miles for 80k (65k SPG) points round trip. Space is generally good far in advance or last minute.