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Capital One Adding Virgin Red as Transfer Partner

Virgin Red is a program rolled out by Virgin that encompasses all of its properties. It links 1:1 to Virgin Atlantic, but also offers access to things like Virgin Cruises.

Capital One will be adding Virgin Red as a transfer partner in “the coming weeks” (exact date TBD), meaning that Capital One members will now be able to transfer (in two steps) to Virgin Atlantic to take advantage of those sweet spots, my favorite of which are:

The ANA Sweet Spot

You can use Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points to book First and Business Class to Japan on renowned carrier ANA (All Nippon Airways).

Check out this award chart:

ana award chart virgin atlantic

As you can see, you need just 90,000 – 95,000 miles for a round trip in Business Class or 110,000 – 120,000 miles for a round trip in First Class.

That works out to as little as 45,000 miles one way to Japan in world class Business Class and as little as 55,000 miles one way to Japan in world class First Class. And they are even introducing new hard product, called The Room (Business Class) and The Suite (First Class). Currently this new cabin operates on some New York to Tokyo flights, though it will be expanded.

ANA The Room Business Class
ANA’s “The Room” Business Class

Booking with Virgin is easy. You can call and have the flight put on hold for a day while you transfer in the points from any US transferable credit card point program, now including Capital One.

One way redemptions are also now allowable.

The Delta Sweet Spot

You can book any Delta Business Class flight ()Delta One) that Delta makes available to partners for just 50,000 Virgin points.

This no longer applies to UK flights, but still does for Delta flights form the US to the European continent.

So, something like JFK-AMS or LAX-AMS would price at just 50,000 Virgin points, a level you will never see on Delta’s Skymiles program even at the lowest level.

virgin atlantic delta devaluation

Unfortunately, all other Delta flights booked with Virgin now use a distance based award chart.

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Bottom Line

Another great addition to the Capital One lineup!

The rest of the Capital One transfer partner list looks like this:

Capital One Miles
Transfer RatioExpected Transfer Time
Air Canada (Aeroplan)1:1Instant
Air France / KLM Flying Blue1:1Instant
Avianca Lifemiles1:1Instant
British Airways Avios1:1TBD
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1:1Nearly instant
Choice Hotels1:11 day
Emirates Skywards1:1Instant
Etihad Guest1:11-2 days
Qantas1:11-2 days
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1:11-2 days
TAP Air Portugal1:1TBD
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles1:1TBD
Wyndham Rewards Hotel Program1:1Instant
EVA2:1.51-2 days
Accor Live Limitless (ALL) Hotel Program2:11-2 days
Virgin Red1:1TBD


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