30% Transfer bonus and the best way to use it right now, Lifemiles adds 7,500 miles intra-US redemptions

– American Express is running a 30% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic

Flight redemptions using Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles can be great value BUT you need to book a Round Trip on partners (where the best value is) and pay fuel surcharges.

Now that will make you think of Delta immediately (because of non-existing fuel surcharges). Delta’s ‘low level’ availability is atrocious but there are bouts of good availability from time to time.

Virgin Atlantic keeps adding and removing the option to search for Delta awards online. Th website is so buggy it makes Delta’s broken website look good. It can be hard to identify Delta’s low level availability but it shows data for the full 5 weeks calendar.

If you find availability the prices are much lower generally. Simply call the friendly Virgin Atlantic call center agents and put flights on hold before you transfer any Membership Rewards.

– Lifemiles is introducing ore award chart categories in a response to United’s new award chart

Travel inside any of these regions is now just 7,500 Lifemiles. This can be a good deal as travel on United can be expensive and the United keeps award availability open if as low end Economy classes have filled up.

Many other airlines (like Alaska Airlines) bind the award availability to the lowest possible Economy fare bucket – making point redemption a lower (theoretical) value.

United States 1: Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington (D.C.)
United States 2: Alabama, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin
United States 3: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming