It’s all about the sweet spots. Needless to say, when you read a headline like- 120,000 points (and minimal cash) round trip, intrigue takes over because ding, ding ding- that’s a very major sweet spot. There’s an amazing opportunity to fly ANA First Class using your Virgin Atlantic miles or credit card points and there’s no telling how much longer it will last, so here’s how to get it while it’s hot…
Many of the best opportunities in the convoluted frequent flyer world- require workarounds. In other words- it’s not just about transferring your points to the airline you’d like to fly. It’s all about seeing what their partners would charge using points. While ANA and others would charge over 200,000 points, with little opportunity to create those points without flying -Virgin Atlantic offers a steal of a deal at just 110,000 120,000 points round trip from the U.S. or Europe to Northern Asia. This work anywhere that ANA flies direct to Asia. Best of all- you can instantly create the points needed from Chase, Citi or Amex- heck, all three!
When you think about putting your butt in an airplane 120,000 points is no easy feat. That’s more than five times around the world. When you think of using credit card points – it’s a piece of cake. You can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You or Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic to book these flights, and if you already have Virgin Atlantic points, you can use those too. Of course, you shouldn’t ever transfer points to an airline until you find availability you can use. We’ll show you how to find that.
Back to the convoluted idea. To make this work: we search for ANA flights on United.com, and then we call Virgin Atlantic to book. If that sounds standard to you- congrats. If it sounds crazy, you’re not alone. But it WORKS. Search for availability using United.com, Aeroplan.com or ANA and when you find space- call Virgin Atlantic (you cant book online) to book for 120,000 points round trips. You must book round trip. Here are a few pro tips…
- ANA often only releases one first class seat at a time, but they often release more than one seat. Essentially, if a flight has less than 3 people sitting in First Class, there’s more a more than likely chance they’ll make a second seat available using miles. Set alerts on ExpertFlyer for the dates you want, so you’ll be first to know.
- When you call Virgin Atlantic, be sure to feed them the ANA flight numbers and all other pertinent details. It’s possible someone won’t have a clue what you’re talking about, so the more info you have to be helpful- the better. Don’t be afraid to ask for a supervisor, politely.
- As we mentioned, you shouldn’t transfer points from Amex, Citi or Chase into Virgin Atlantic until you find seats you can actually use. Once they leave the bank, they can’t go back. Enjoy!