Why would you want 20,000 Virgin Elevate miles?
Simply put, Virgin Elevate miles are awesome. They are twice as good as everything else, but you earn half as much usually. For example, the Amex transfer to Virgin America (Elevate miles) is 2:1. Thus, it would take 40,000 Amex points to get 20,000 Elevate miles.
I’m going to show you how you can get 20,000 Virgin Elevate miles (and possibly make a few bucks), for little effort. But first I just want to mention what you could actually do with 20,000 Virgin Elevate miles. I’ll give two examples.
1) In this post, I show that you can fly Singapore Airlines from New York to Frankfurt for 20,000 Virgin Elevate miles roundtrip! No fuel surcharges either.
2) In Cheapest Miles To Get To Hawaii, I show that Virgin Elevate miles are the cheapest, at only 20,000 Virgin Elevate miles roundtrip!
That’s right. The trick I’m showing you to get 20,000 Virgin America miles can be used for a roundtrip to Frankfurt or Hawaii, and that’s just two examples.
A Quick Step 1 (1/2)
All this is based on an Airbnb promotion. So to make this cheaper (actually, more profitable), I’m going to tell you about the other airbnb promotions going on.
$20 refer-a-friend bonus
You can signup for Airbnb using a refer a friend link and get $20 off your first stay (over $75).
But it’s not hard to find these refer a friend links.
For example, here is the flyertalk airbnb conga. How this works is simple. You make sure you go to the last page and use the last person’s refer a friend link, then you post yours. Just comment, “I used [username’s] refer a friend link, and here is mine…”, and that’s it. You get $20 off your stay, and the next person will use yours and you’ll get another $20 coupon when they use theirs.
Amex offers = $50 off
Next, you pay with your Amex card because Amex is having a promo where you get $50 when you spend $100.
Basically, it involves signing up on the Amex site, and then tweeting to “@AmexOffers” and including the hashtag “#AmexAirbnb”.
Anywho. You do that and spend at least $100 on that Amex card toward airbnb, and they’ll take off $50.
Also, see Frequent Miler’s Complete Guide to Amex Offers. As hopefully you’ll see by the end, you may want to add your dog as an authorized user, so he/she can make a booking. (Actually, maybe not your dog, because you need a valid ID to use airbnb).
The BIG Promo (step 2/2)
Virgin and airbnb are doing this promo where you earn 20,000 Virgin Elevate miles after you “create a New Listing”.
You click through, add your listing, and host 1 person over $75. That’s it.
Understand that the promotion does require you to actually get paid for hosting someone. However, don’t be scared. You have to approve the person listing, so it’s not like people just book your room/house and show up. And you can blackout all your dates so it won’t show up. Personally, I would just list a place for the bonus, and host a friend… or at least take their money.
Here are the details listed:
- click “List Your Space” after navigating from the Virgin website (click here) to Airbnb;
- complete the Verified ID process;
- accept at least one reservation for the New Listing priced at $75 or more per night, excluding cleaning fees and taxes (a “Qualifying Reservation”).
- The Qualifying Reservation must begin on or prior to November 1, 2017.
Reading between the lines
Buried at the end of my “Love / Hate with Airbnb” post, I talk about how the refer a friend system works. Details like how airbnb takes 9% to 15% per stay.
And there are all kinds of rules about who stays with you from a normal refer a friend earning bonus, like it has to be $75 and all that. But also, the person staying can’t be referred to from the host (you). Or, both of you can’t be referred to from the same person.
Let me get to the point…
Let’s say you want to host someone and get the 20,000 Virgin Elevate miles.
You can click through the host part of this link.
Then you click “Become a Host”. (Despite the site saying that you should click “list a place”, I didn’t see the option).
List your house for at least $120 (as long as the Amex offer is alive), and all the details and information needed.
Have someone stay with you, who is referred to by someone other than yourself or your referrer. They have to spend $75 (before fees and taxes) for you to get the bonus.
But also, if they enrolled in the Amex offer, they get $50 back on their card.
It could work like this:
- The room is $120
- But if they have a refer a friend discount, they get $20 off
- Their card is charged $100, but get $50 back via Amex offer. $50 total cost.
- $102 ($120 – $18, assuming they take as much as 15%)
- You get 20,000 Virgin miles
$50 is charged, $100 is paid, and 20,000 Virgin miles earned.
Also, local taxes could change the price, but it’s still a good rule of thumb.
All this depends on finding someone willing to stay with you, and I’m sure you can find someone who is at least willing to do so on paper. Maybe friends or family, or pet. Just be willing to give them their $55 back. It’s no loss to them.
If the Amex offer goes away, do everything closer to $75, since you don’t need the $100 minimum. For example:
- Room could cost $75+
- Discount lets them pay $55
- You get paid ~$64
- You get 20,000 Virgin miles
Everyone should at least enroll in the promo incase you decide to list a place on airbnb. You might as well get 20,000 Virgin miles as well.
This is actually minimal effort if you understand the rules.
And you don’t have to be new to airbnb, you just need to list a new place. Completely new. You can’t relist something old. But I think most people qualify for this bonus.
It could be a minimal amount of effort, and there is nothing to lose for trying it. Best case scenario is that you get 20,000 Virgin miles and $50. Worse case scenario is that you just get the $50. Think about how much sweeter this deal has been made.
This is possibly a roundtrip to Hawaii or Europe… just for listing your place on airbnb via a Virgin Elevate link. Easy.