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Convert your Virgin America Elevate Miles to a More Popular Mileage Currency

Rocketmiles is a new startup that offers miles for hotel bookings.  Milevalue has a pretty good analysis of Rocketmiles.  There is a current promotion through Rocketmiles which allows you to earn up to 7,000 Virgin America Elevate miles for your first booking (must book by July 15th and complete stay bey December 31, 2013):

In the past, I haven’t really collected Virgin America Elevate points.  I don’t really see many opportunities to acquire Virgin America Elevate points other than butt in seat miles, and I also don’t think that their redemption opportunities are all that great since partner redemptions on Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia charge high fuel surcharges.

However, this bonus is actually a great opportunity because you can convert Virgin America points to US Airways miles through Points.com at a pretty good ratio.  US Airways miles are a currency that I am certainly more fond of due to the ease of redemption on Star Alliance partners.

Virgin America Elevate miles convert to US Airways Dividend miles at a ratio of 1 to 0.79.  You need a minimum of 2000 Virgin America miles to initiate the transfer.  In fact, they also convert to Hawaiian Airlines at the same ratio, and an even better ratio of 1 to 0.85 to Asia miles.  I’ve never used Asia miles, but their redemption award chart looks intimidating.

Virgin America conversion to US Airways

This is very similar to converting Aeroplan miles to US Airways miles.  There is no fee to do this.

This makes the Rocketmiles Virgin America bonus of up to 7000 miles a little more appealing to me:

  • 1000 Virgin miles (790 US Airways or Hawaiian miles) after 1st booking if you get referred by an existing member
  • 1000 Virgin  miles (790 US Airways or Hawaiian miles) only if you signup through Gary Leff’s link
  • 3000 bonus Virgin miles (2370 US Airways or Hawaiian Miles) if you are not a Virgin America elite member (Terms and conditions here)
  • 5000 bonus Virgin miles (3950 US Airways or Hawaiian miles) if you are an elite member

So, you can get up to a total of 5530 US Airways or Hawaiian miles if you are a Virgin America Elite and get in on this promotion.  US Airways will eventually become American Airlines miles, so you could think of it as converting to American Airlines as well.  You are getting a lot more redemption options at the opportunity cost of losing a few Virgin America miles.

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  • Wandering Aramean June 28, 2013, 8:33 am

    Redemption options on SQ are solid. And the CC option for earning is quite rewarding, too. Shifting them to US is a pretty awful devaluation. At that point you may as well just focus on earning in a program where you want the points to begin with.

  • lovetofly June 28, 2013, 9:10 am

    You are correct in that options on SQ are solid. However, I cannot even find a working link anymore to apply for the Virgin America visa card. In addition, you would have to spend a lot of money on that credit card to get enough for a longhaul award ticket. I was merely presenting an option of what you can do should you not care much for Virgin America elevate miles. If you value them and can collect a lot of them, then by all means use them. I wish the Rocketmiles promotion was for US Airways miles, but it’s not. I’ll take what is offered and make the best of it.

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