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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Booked to LHR

Phew! What an ordeal this whole thing has been. Finding a flight to Europe to get to Athens for the marathon was hardly simple. First, I thought I could deal with peasant class and held a flight on US Air. I could not. Then I thought I could fly on Virgin using Delta till I was told I didn’t qualify for the bonus.

In need of 40,000 Virgins, my best option was to transfer 31,000 ThankYou points with a 25% bonus giving me 40,004. This took 2 days, not 2 weeks to hit my account and made my Upper Class reservation from DTW-LHR for $419 in fuel surcharges minus the $400 credit from my Wells Fargo Propel card. Then I transferred 8,000 MRs to Delta to book the BIL-DTW segment. Interestingly enough, Amex charged me $4.80 in a ‘federal tax offset fee’, no idea what that fee is.

Anyhow, I’m all set to go to Europe in business class, the way nature intended.

Here’s the itinerary:

  • BIL-MSP (coach on Delta)
  • MSP-DTW (coach on Delta)
  • DTW-LHR (Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic)
What is this fee?
What is this fee?
That's me sitting in 2A.
That’s me sitting in 2A.
The best part is the remaining balance of my SkyPesos.
The best part is the remaining balance of my SkyPesos.


  1. Amex charges the taxes on points transfers to domestic airlines, which in this case, is only delta. Chase doesn’t pass along the tax to the consumer.

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