For almost a week I’ve been conflicted about a points transfer option.
Virgin America points will soon convert to Alaska Mileage Plan miles at a rate of 1:1.3. This in itself seems like a fair trade. I’ve been working (slowly) towards building up my Alaska account by getting the credit card from time to time. (I currently have 166,000+ Alaska miles.)
I also have 54,500 Virgin America points. I transferred 40,000 SPG points there over the summer due to JetBlue’s points match promo.
With SPG removing Virgin America as a points transfer partner as of January 6 (last night), I had a decision to make.
Do I hold onto my remaining SPG points, which most of you know are quite flexible and valuable or transfer some more to Virgin America.
With the SPG transfer bonus plus the Virgin American to Alaska Mileage Plan conversion, 20,000 SPG points would eventually become 32,5000 Mileage Plan miles. Definitely a nice swap of points to miles!
I went back and forth all week about what I wanted to do but still had not made a decision at 9:30PM on 1/6!
With just over a couple of hours left to go, I figured I’d get an outside opinion. I gave my brother a call to see what he thought I should do based on the miles/ points in all of the involved accounts.
My initial plan was transferring 40,000 SPG or nothing. He came up with a good middle ground.
His suggestion was to just transfer 20,000 SPG and hold onto some SPG points for another day.
I thought about this option and decided it was a pretty good plan. (I could also replenish some of my transferred SPG points by eventually sending my Marriott points there.)
When I went to SPG to make the transfer, I noticed that Virgin America was no longer there! Since I knew the transfer partnership didn’t end yet, I gave SPG a call. The friendly rep was happy to help me out.
My points were immediately deducted from my SPG account and I was told the transfer to Virgin America could take from 4-6 days. (When I did this transfer over the summer it happened more or less instantly from what I recall.)
I checked again this morning and am waiting on the points to show up in my Virgin account, but I do have the confirmation e-mail from SPG so there shouldn’t be any issue.
Did you decide to transfer any of your SPG points to Virgin America while you still had the chance?
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