Travelers who use the Chase Ultimate Rewards program to book discounted airfare will now be able to transfer their points to Virgin Atlantic at full value and save on tickets by purchasing them through the Chase Ultimate Rewards site.
The partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Chase, announced this week, means that one Chase Ultimate Reward point is redeemable for one mile in Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club. Customers will also save when they book tickets through the Chase Ultimate Rewards site, where Virgin tickets will cost 20% fewer points than if they were purchased through another site. A $500 Virgin Atlantic ticket would cost 40,000 points on the Chase Ultimate Rewards site.
Once cardholders transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic, they can be used to purchase plane tickets or toward upgrades on Virgin Atlantic flights. They can also be redeemed for travel on Virgin Atlantic partners including:
- Air China
- Air New Zealand
- Cyprus Airways
- Gulf Air
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Jet Airways
- Malaysia Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airlines
- Virgin America
- Virgin Australia
Virgin Atlantic recently expanded their service, adding domestic flights in the United Kingdom that allow customers to fly direct from London’s Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh, Manchester and Aberdeen. They continue to service locations around the globe from Boston and Las Vegas to Mumbai and Shanghai.
Sapphire Preferred, Ink cards eligible for Points Transfer
Not all Chase credit cards that offer members Ultimate Rewards are eligible to transfer points to Virgin Atlantic. Only Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus and Ink Bold cards can take advantage of the agreement with Virgin Atlantic. Sapphire Preferred is the only consumer credit card of those three — the Ink cards are business credit cards. Chase cardholders can, however, transfer reward points from other Chase cards to one of these cards if they want to transfer points to Virgin Atlantic’s frequent flyer program.