Since Virgin Atlantic are stopping Australian flights - what is the most sensible way of accumulating my American Express points?

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lind26

Member since 24 Apr 2014

Total posts 230

Since Virgin Atlantic are stopping Australian flights - what is the most sensible way of accumulating my American Express points?

Leave them with Amex, or transfer to Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, or keep transferring to Virgin Atlantic since they have local partners (I have tons of points)

cssaus

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 29 Jan 2011

Total posts 75

I'm like you I used to accumulate my AMEX points with the view to transferring then to Virgin Atlantic for reward flights to the UK.

I'm now still going to keep accumulating my AMEX points but will transfer them to AMEX partners when I need to make an redemption.

Don't forget Singapore Airlines as an AMEX partner, they offer good value redemptions.

With my accumulated Virgin Atlantic points which I can now longer use for award flights to the UK, I'm just going to use them for redemption on partner airlines e.g. Hawaiian.

lind26

Member since 24 Apr 2014

Total posts 230

Thanks - I was meaning what is the best value now of the options available.

Also one would have thought that Virgin Atlantic would still code share to Australia with some partner from Hong Kong to Australia?

If so would they allow redemptions on the Australia to Hong Kong as well as Hong Kong to London sectors?

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 761

Interestingly, if you do a dummy booking from Sydney to London on the Virgin Atlantic site, you get put onto Singapore through SIN.

willygee

Virgin Atlantic Airways - Flying Club

Member since 11 Apr 2011

Total posts 11

There was an article a while back covering most of this question: http://www.ausbt.com.au/virgin-atlantic-flying-club-options-for-australian-frequent-flyers 

In terms of code sharing from HKG to Australia, the options are either Qantas (unlikely) and Cathay Pacific (also unlikely due to their own arrangements with BA). The other option is to have Virgin Australia start flying the route but, as Virgin Groups influence over Virgin Australia is very much in the minority these days, and the fact that they'd pretty much be relying only on connecting passengers onto VA's HKG-LHR route, it is unlikely this will come about. 

kpkazzie

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Apr 2013

Total posts 62

It is highly dependable on where you want to go.

For European stopovers try AsiaMiles (One world Partners) Business 175 000 points or 110000 economy

Intra Region pass Krisflyer (star alliance) 25,000 economy

Singapore SAVER award seats are also well worth it with the 15% discount when booked online.

Also transferring to Malaysian Enrich migh be worth it as I am not sure whether their partner award chart is for one-way or return. If return they offer a great option on where to transfer your points.

Otherwise if your happy with FlyingClub theres always their partner Malaysian Airlines

Hope it helps 

lind26

Member since 24 Apr 2014

Total posts 230

Thanks everyone

I think I might save up the Amex ones and transfer when I need to for whoever can give me the best deal!

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