Lots of people talk about what bad value mileage redemptions are with the Virgin Atlantic program. Most of these discussions are around the premium cabins and surcharges. However if you plan accordingly Virgin is actually one of the most cost efficient ways of getting to Europe .
Taxes out of London are notoriously high and they grow if you want to travel in business or above. However taxes into London or not. If you find yourself with Flying Club points there is always excellent availability and one way economy fares off peak are 10,000 from the east coast to London with approx $150 in tax which is a steal. On a similar note Hong Kong to London is 12,500 miles with approx $40 in fees. Compared to anyone else these are bargain fares.
If you use partners such as rocketmiles or kaligo those kind of balances are easily racked up with a few hotel nights. You can also credit Delta flights. My intention is to use 22,500 miles and try their 787 premium economy cabin from Hong Kong to London in the not too distant future.
Try it out availability is great and there are definitely worse ways to travel on either of these routes.
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