Gifting Virgin airmiles to family – that'll be £250 please….

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at 20:03

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  • MartynSinclair

    I am about to gift 30,000 airmiles to a family member and have been told that as I am not travelling, there will be a charge of £250. This seems excessive…

    Is anyone able to comment on this or indeed suffered this charge….? I was under the impression you could gift airmiles anytime as a gift FOC….


    The gifting is FOC. The £250 is an admin fee!


    …..what a rip-off!


    So here’s the logic….

    If I had transferred via a gift the 30,000 miles, which represented a part payment for a ticket, to my family member needed, there indeed is a charge of £250.

    If I paid for the entire ticket 95,000 miles, there would have been no charge.

    The agent gave me a further option, pay for one sector and then there would be no charge. So I ended up gifting 42,000 miles and there was no charge.

    I was curious for an explanation about this charge… so I asked why is there a charge when gifting airmiles. The answer …. its the new computer system that’s been introduced, it thinks a gift is a purchase and creates a charge to the donor!!

    Anything to generate revenue…


    It’s always the computers fault. What a great scapegoat!


    “the computer says no”…….


    BA do something similar. Frankly nasty/greedy in my opinion

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