Using Virgin Atlantic to Save on Delta Flights


One of the great hacks in points and miles is using Virgin Atlantic to save on Delta flights. It always boggles my mind that you can book on one site and fly another airline for even fewer miles than booking on the airline’s site. (This has happened when booking United flights to Maui on Turkish Airlines, flying AA flights by booking on British Airways, and also by booking on Avianca’s site for a United flight and paying less than on the United site).

These same “magic tricks” can be used by redeeming Virgin Atlantic miles for Delta flights. This is nice because the only bank that transfers to Delta is AMEX, but ALL four major banks transfer to Virgin Atlantic. Let’s check out a few options.


Salt Lake City to Atlanta

Let’s take two Delta hubs, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. When I look on Delta for a flight on September 6th, it costs 24,500 miles. The same flight booked on Virgin Atlantic is only 12,500 miles. Crazy, huh?


screenshot of Delta flight


These are the Virgin Atlantic flights:


Screenshot of Virgin Atlantic flight


Atlanta to Paris

Okay, let’s check out a flight from Atlanta to Paris on a Delta flight in economy. It is a direct flight, and you’d expect the cost in miles to be fairly comparable, right? Look at these shocking results!


Delta screenshot of award flight


Screenshot of Virgin Atlantic Flights


Does that just not blow your mind? 🤯 It does mine!


Two woman standing on a bridge with tower behind them.

Save on a Delta flight to Paris by using Virgin Atlantic miles!


Los Angeles to Sydney

Let’s check out another international flight. This is a popular destination—Australia! Unfortunately, I was not able to find business-class availability on these flights.



Screenshot Delta flights to Sydney


There is such a difference in booking the same flight on Virgin Atlantic!



Screenshot Virgin Atlantic flights to Sydney




Transfer Bonuses

To make things better, the transferable currencies often have transfer bonuses to Virgin Atlantic! If you can book when those occur, you can really score some cheap flights!


Bottom Line

If you love Delta or are going somewhere that Delta flies, it is worthwhile to check out Virgin Atlantic. Using Virgin Atlantic to save on Delta flights is a travel hack that just might work for you!



Large city with long bridge

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  1. Leslie Moss says:

    I have points on AA rewards, can I transfer those to Virgin Atlantic for a Delta flight? (I don’t have an amex card to transfer points on) And if so how would I do that?

    • Pam says:

      Nope, AA miles can not be transferred to another airline. They are cobranded cards and can only be used on that brand. AMEX is a transferable currency so that is why you get so many more choices to transfer to.


    Is it possible to upgrade from economy on the Delta flight purchased through Virgin?

    • Pam says:

      If your flight has availability you could with Delta miles or cash. I prefer to book a business flight at the start because you really have no idea if there will be available upgrades.

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