If you have ever tried booking a transatlantic Business Class flight on British Airways on Avios (or American Airlines on Avios) or even Virgin Atlantic on Virgin Flying Club Miles, you will know the taxes and fees are eyewatering. In fact, Virgin Atlantic just increased it’s taxes and charges on Virgin Flying Club miles redemptions to the United States in Upper Class to £764 GBP return. Ouch.
But all is not lost. According to this article by HeadForPoints, redeem your Virgin miles on Delta, one-way redemptions from the United States to Europe (excluding the UK) on Delta for just 50,000 Virgin Flying Club miles and £4 GBP of tax. It is, I quote “an exceptional deal”. It works from both East and West coast to European cities.
You only get these prices on flights TO Europe. Flying FROM Europe, taxes are far higher. A one-way flight from Paris to Los Angeles comes with €291 EUR of tax in Business Class.
This is still better than flights out of the UK. It might be worth considering biting the bullet and flying out from the UK on miles with the extortionate fees and then fly back via a European city for next to no taxes and fees on Delta. HeadforPoints also details Norwegian as an alternative option for your outward leg.
Redeeming Virgin miles on Delta flights to Europe
Mileage pricing jumps up if you are connecting inside the United States from one Delta flight to another and then to Europe. Taxes will remain at £4 GBP ($5.60 USD) but the mileage jumps to 75,000 miles.
Finally, not all European countries can be booked via the Virgin Atlantic website. This means that a lot of routes can only be booked by telephone. You need to use the Delta website to look for one-way ‘Delta One’ business-class redemptions at 105,000 Delta miles one-way.
Switzerland, for example, is not supported for online booking via the Virgin website. HeadforPoints says that if you can see New York to Zurich for 105,000 Delta miles one-way on delta.com then Virgin Atlantic should be able to book the same seat via their call center for 50,000 Virgin Flying Club miles + $5.60 USD.
You need to search for reward availability on delta.com. Only Delta redemptions at the lowest miles level are available to partners such as Virgin Flying Club. So when Delta wants 105,000 SkyMiles the cost will be 50,000 Virgin Flying Club miles plus $5.60 USD. If a higher award price is required, you will not be able to book this flight at 50,000. Search one-way flights from the US to anywhere except the UK.
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