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The Latest Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points Value You Can Expect

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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points can be earned by flying with the airline or transferring points from credit card programs like American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Yet before you consider earning or transferring these points, you probably want to know how much they’re worth.

Based on our analysis, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points are worth about 1.1 cents each. This is a baseline value, drawn from real-world data on hundreds of economy routes, not a maximized value. In other words, you should aim for award redemptions that offer 1.1 cents or more in value from your Flying Club points.

What does this value mean?

Our estimated value of 1.1 cents per Flying Club point provides a lower-end value you can use to determine the relative value of your own redemptions. It is based on comparing main cabin fares, using both cash and points, across several dates and destinations.

This is the value you can expect to get from your Flying Club points without seeking particularly high-value redemptions. This means you can get more value by looking for sweet spots and using more advanced award techniques, or booking in business class (see below). It also means you can end up getting lower value than this if you’re not careful.

How to convert Virgin Atlantic points to dollars

With our calculator, you can figure out how much your points are worth in dollars based on this value. This can help determine if a given award redemption is better than paying cash, or determine the value of a point-based promotion.

How does the value of Flying Club points change when booking business class?

We compared main cabin fares for our main Flying Club value estimate, but we also looked at business class rewards. Like most airline programs, you can get more average value when booking business class fares with Virgin Atlantic.

Main cabin value

Business class value

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points

Does that mean you should always book business class tickets with your points? Absolutely not. The increased value is due in large part to the high cash prices of these premium tickets. If you wouldn’t consider paying thousands of dollars for a ticket, it means you shouldn’t use hundreds of thousands of points. That said, using points is a good way to book these bucket-list flights that you might not otherwise ever take.

How flexible are Flying Club points?

In fact, using Flying Club points to book Delta tickets is often a better deal than using Delta miles. So even U.S.-based travelers should prefer earning Virgin Atlantic points over Delta miles under some circumstances.

How did we determine the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points value?

We collected hundreds of data points comparing the cash value to award (point) value for the same routes and dates. That is, we compared the cost of a given ticket in either cash or points, across many tickets.

This method differs from others in that it looks at actual redemptions rather than hypothetical, maximized redemptions. The advantage of this approach is that it provides a real-world indication of how much these points are worth, on average. That said, it doesn’t take into account the high-value redemptions that points enthusiasts seek.

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