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Last Chance: Get 30% More Virgin Points with Capital One Transfer Bonus

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Got some Capital One Venture Miles and big travel goals? Here's your last chance to get even more out of them with an excellent transfer bonus – but you'll need to act fast.

Travelers with cards like the *venture x* and the *capital one venture card* can get a 30% bonus when transferring Venture Miles to Virgin Points. That means if you've got 50,000 Capital One miles, you can turn them into 65,000 points with Virgin.

But this bonus only lasts through Tuesday, April 30, so you haven't got long to come up with a plan to put some points to use. While Capital One requires you to transfer at least 1,000 Venture Miles, you can then send points in additional increments of 100 – allowing travelers to fine-tune their transfers for exactly how many points or miles they need.

capital one virgin transfer bonus 

Not sure how to transfer miles … or why you should? Read our full guide on how to transfer Capital One miles!

Using transfer partners like Virgin Atlantic is one of the best ways to use Capital One Venture Miles for even more value. And this transfer bonus makes it even better: think of it as a way to get some free airline miles. 

If you don't already use Virgin Atlantic or know much about their Flying Club program, you should. Thanks to some excellent partnerships, you can use points with Virgin Atlantic to book deeply discounted Delta flights to Europe in economy, snag a Delta One business class for as low as 38,500 points, or even a lie-flat seat to Japan at an enormous discount, among other opportunities.

Got Amex points instead of Capital One? You're in luck: There's an identical 30% transfer bonus available all the way through May 31.

Read our full guide on using Virgin Atlantic Flying Club!

But calling this a Virgin Atlantic transfer bonus is actually a bit of a misnomer. In reality, Capital One added Virgin Red – the overarching loyalty program not just for the airline but other Virgin brands like Virgin Hotels, Virgin Voyages, and more –  as its latest transfer partner a while back. That means you can earn and use a 30% bonus across the board. Just beware that it'll require a few extra steps to sign up and link accounts so you can put these points to use.

Take a look to see how it's done and how you can make the best use of this bonus before it ends.


Getting Set Up For Your Transfer

Already got a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account? That's not enough.

In order to transfer your Capital One Venture Miles, you'll need a Virgin Red account. To get started, just head to the Virgin Red homepage and choose the option “Join Virgin Red.” After a quick email verification and some personal details, finalize your enrollment. Immediately, you should be prompted to link your Virgin Red account with your airline account, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

virgin account 

If you plan to use this bonus to book flights, pick “Link Flying Club account” and you should see the option to log in to your Virgin Atlantic airline account. Tap in those details and once that's done, your Virgin Red and Virgin Atlantic accounts should be linked! You'll want to set up a Virgin Atlantic account first if you don't already have one. 

virgin atlantic virgin red 

From there, you're ready to transfer Capital One Venture miles to Virgin … kind of. Rather than transferring miles straight into your Virgin Atlantic account, you'll be transferring to Virgin Red – and that means you need your Virgin Red ID.

Unlike frequent flyer accounts that are typically a series of nine-plus numbers, Virgin Red IDs are a series of four short words strung together. Odd, we know. To find yours, head to your Virgin Red account and click the “Personal Details” tab. You'll find your Virgin Red ID all the way at the bottom.

virgin red id 

Copy that ID and head back to your Capital One account. That's what you'll need to enter (twice) under “Membership #” to transfer Venture Miles correctly. Again, there's a bit of a misnomer here.

capital one transfer miles 

On the bright side, these transfers are typically instant. And once you've transferred points to Virgin Red, you should see that new balance automatically reflected in your Virgin Atlantic airline account, too.


Best Ways to Use This 30% Bonus

Transferring miles to Virgin Red could go far beyond booking flights via Virgin Atlantic, but that's where we're going to focus … because there's so much potential value there whether you're looking to fly Delta to Hawaii or Europe, book a flight on Air France or KLM, or even fly ANA to a recently reopened Japan.

One warning: Virgin Atlantic’s website can be a tad difficult to navigate. Getting award flights to show up on a given route can take a few tries. One good trick is to search for airports by country or region and pick them, rather than manually typing in the city name or airport code.

Unfortunately, Virgin Atlantic recently made it even harder by removing a handy award calendar you could use to scroll through a month's worth of flights at a time. Fortunately, there's a workaround you can use to still pull this feature up.

Trust us: It's worth a little extra patience. With this 30% bonus, a transfer of 50,000 Capital One Venture Miles would get you 65,000 Virgin Atlantic points. These transfers almost always clear immediately – meaning the points will be available in your Virgin Atlantic account as soon as you make the transfer.

But there's one big exception. If you're just setting up a Virgin account, your transfer could be delayed by 24 hours or more. That's a recurring problem with Virgin, which requires new accounts to be verified before they can accept these transfers.

So what can you book? We're glad you asked.

Related reading: Virgin Atlantic Launches Great ‘Reward Seat Checker' for Using Points


Big Delta Deals

We don’t need to tell you that trying to understand the value of Delta SkyMiles can be frustrating. There’s no award chart, so the airline’s pricing when booking a flight with miles can be all over the map. Often, a Delta award flight can be obscenely expensive – especially if you want to fly business class.

Enter Virgin Atlantic. You can easily use Virgin Atlantic to book the exact same Delta flight and save a boatload of SkyMiles. The London-based airline offers a far more stable – and frequently cheaper – alternative to book Delta flights than using SkyMiles outright.

Case in point, it’s practically impossible to find decent rates flying Delta One business class using miles. The airline regularly charges 300,000 SkyMiles or more for a business class seat to Europe, including the excellent Delta One suites.

Delta One suite 

But with Virgin Atlantic, it's just 50,000 miles to fly Delta One to Europe. Unfortunately, Virgin Atlantic destroyed a similar sweet spot to get to Asia for just 60,000 miles a few years back.

Still, there's plenty of value here with redemptions to Europe – though you'll have to be flexible, as finding these business class awards at such cheap rates through Virgin Atlantic has gotten much harder recently. But when you can, it's a steal. Here's an example.

A few weeks back, the airline was charging a whopping 375,000 SkyMiles for a one-way flight in Delta One from New York City (JFK) to Munich (MUC) next summer … each way. Woof.

jfk muc skymiles 

But you could book that exact same Delta One flight to Germany – same day, same plane, exact same lie-flat seat – for just 50,000 Virgin Atlantic points. That's less than one-seventh of the cost! Factor in this 30% bonus, and you'd only need to transfer 38,500 Capital One Venture miles to make it happen.

jfk to munich virgin atlantic 

Booking that for less than 39,000 points is one of the best deals you'll find in the world of points and miles. It can require some flexibility to lock in flights at these low rates. It all hinges on finding award availability, and you won't see that every day. But that's not always the case: We've sent Thrifty Traveler Premium members several alerts in the last few months to book this deal.

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Get alerts for the best ways to use your points and miles with Thrifty Traveler Premium!

Just remember: Never transfer points to Virgin Atlantic (or any airline) until you know the flights you want to book are available. These transfers are a one-way street – you can't get them back to your Capital One account.

Read our guide on booking Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles, and you'll be ready to start hunting for the deal of a lifetime.

Flying Delta economy to Europe using 30,000 Flying Club points each way is typically much, much easier. With this bonus, 46,200 Capital One Venture miles is all you'd need to transfer and book flights that would otherwise cost $1,800 or more! 

We just found a ton of award space to book these roundtrip nonstop flights to Europe, including this summer!

dtw ams 

There used to be far more Delta sweet spots you could book using Virgin points, but Virgin obliterated many of them late last year with another nasty devaluation. But  booking short Delta flights – 1,000 miles in distance or less – through Virgin Atlantic Flying Club can still be a great deal!

For example, this short flight from Fargo (FAR) to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) might otherwise cost you 20,000 SkyMiles. With Virgin Atlantic, you can still book for just 7,500 points each way – just 5,800 Capital One miles after the 30% bonus kicks in.

Delta Economy MSP - FAR booked via Virgin


Fly in Style with ANA

Japan is open and everyone is heading there. You can also use this transfer bonus to score an amazing deal on a trip to Japan on one of the world’s best airlines. 

ANA is one of Japan’s flag carriers, and it lives up to its five-star reputation. Its first class cabin is spacious, private, and offers some of the best catering in the aviation world. And even ANA business class is outstanding, rivals Qatar Qsuites for #1 in the world, too. 

Amex Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus 

Go figure Virgin Atlantic also has a sweet spot for booking ANA flights, and this transfer bonus makes it even sweeter. While Virgin Atlantic recently raised award rates to fly ANA first class, it's still easily the best way to book these flights.

ana award chart 

A one-way flight in ANA first class flight from Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo now costs 72,500 Virgin points – just 55,800 Capital One miles with this bonus. Or you could get from Chicago-O'Hare (ORD) or New York City (JFK) to Tokyo for just 65,400 Venture Miles. That’s still substantially less than what United charges for a one-way fare in business class. 

Much like booking Delta One via Virgin Atlantic, finding award availability on ANA can be a chore. First Class availability is practically nonexistent these days, so focus on a business class booking. These days, booking within three weeks of departure seems to be your best bet.

You can't book these flights online through Virgin Atlantic, which means it requires a bit of extra legwork. You'll want to search for award availability through a site like United.com and then ring up Virgin Atlantic at 1-800-365-9500 when you're ready to book. On the plus side, you can now book these awards as one-ways.

Read our guide to booking ANA flights with Virgin Atlantic miles!

Of course, ANA’s business class is nothing to scoff at either – especially if you can snag the brand-new business class seats it calls “The Room” which are currently flying from New York City (JFK) and occasionally San Francisco (SFO) and Chicago-O'Hare (ORD) too.

ana new business class suite 

Read our full review of flying ANA's The Room business class from Chicago to Tokyo!

Lucky for you, business class award rates weren't affected by Virgin's devaluation. That means you can book roundtrip flights to Tokyo in business class for as low as just 69,300 Capital One miles with this bonus – or transfer just 34,700 miles to Virgin for a one-way flight.

Thanks to some steep fuel surcharges that ANA tacks on, you'll also be on the hook for about $500 in taxes and fees on any roundtrip booking.

Fortunately, Virgin Atlantic has a reasonable $50 fee to cancel award tickets and get your miles back if plans change.

Fly Air New Zealand Business to Auckland

In normal times, finding a lie-flat seat all the way to Australia or New Zealand is like finding a needle in a haystack. But these aren't normal times.

Again and again and again, we've been unearthing outstanding award availability to use points to book business class on carriers like Air New Zealand. We did it again just a few weeks back, with wide-open award space flying from Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) to Auckland (AKL) this spring, summer, and fall.

air new zealand award alert 

And Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is the cheapest way to book these seats … by far.

The airline charges just 62,500 points each way for an Air New Zealand business class redemption between the U.S. and New Zealand. Factor in this 30% transfer bonus, and 48,100 Capital One miles are all you need to book!

Unfortunately, you also can't book these awards online at VirginAtlantic.com – you'll have to call the airline at 1-800-365-9500 and feed an agent the route and dates you want to book. Wait for the airline to confirm your flights are available before transferring your Capital One Venture miles to Virgin.


Fly Virgin to London & Back for 15K

Typically, we steer clear of using Virgin Atlantic points to book flights on Virgin Atlantic itself.

It seems counterintuitive, we know. But the hefty fees ($150ish for a one-way to London in economy or nearly $1,000 in business class) means you're forking over plenty of points plus a lot of cash, too.

But this transfer bonus definitely makes the high fees more tolerable.

  • A roundtrip from the East Coast to London from 20,000 miles – just 15,400 Venture miles with this transfer bonus!
  • A one-way in business class for 47,500 miles, transferring just 36,600 Capital One miles with a 30% bonus to make it happen.


bos-lhr award ticket on virgin atlantic 

Thrifty Tip: It’s much easier to search for Virgin Atlantic flights one-way rather than roundtrip – and unlike with many other airlines, it’ll often save you money on taxes and fees booking one-ways separately, too.


Business Class to Rome for Under 58K!

There's a great new way to get to Rome in lie-flat seats … and it might just be the best option on this list.

You can now book ITA Airways business class using Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points, with flights between the U.S. and Rome (FCO) starting at 75,000 points each way. Factor in this transfer bonus, and this seat could be yours for just 57,700 Capital One miles!

ita airways business class seat 

You'll find those lowest rates flying from Boston (BOS) and New York City (JFK) straight into Rome, while nonstops from Miami (MIA) start at 85,000 miles – still a bargain after this transfer bonus: 65,400 Venture miles. Even longer routes from Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) clock in at 100,000 miles, or 77,000 Venture Miles with the bonus.

But best of all, it's fairly easy to search and book. Head to VirginAtlantic.com, plug in one of these nonstop ITA routes, use the quick trick to pull up a month of availability, and pick your date! Once you've confirmed the flights you want are available, transfer you Capital One miles and book!

ita business class redemption on virgin


Bottom Line

Capital One is sweetening the deal with one of its best transfer partners with a brand new, 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Red.

While it'll take an extra step or two to put that to use for booking flights via Virgin Atlantic, there are some incredible ways to put this bonus to use. Just remember to make use of this bonus before it ends this Tuesday April 30.

Lead photo courtesy of Delta

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2 Responses

  • Just did a transfer from C1 to VIrgin Red today 3/6/23. The transfer took a few hours (not instantaneous) as it was showing as “pending” on C1 site. Bonus miles didn’t post either. Back to C1 to resolve that. 🙁

    • Did yours wind up posting?

      I did a test transfer and the points I transferred and the bonus went through (Capital 1 sends them separately). I did a second transfer with bigger amount but the points I transferred didn’t go through but bonus did. (this transfer says pending still on Capital One website). Anyone have this problem? I was under impression Virgin Red transfers were instant.

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