I am fairly new to points however I have 200k points on my AMEX Explorer Card I wish to use for Return Flights for 4 people between Melbourne and the Goldcoast in September.
When I search using Virgin’s website for points+pay each flight is 16100 velocity points. The same flights are $109 inc tax.
So Total is 128,800 Velocity points (16100x8) or $872.00 ($109*8).
128,800 Velocity points = 171,734 Amex Gateway points (Explorer Card 4:3)
$872.00 = 117,720 Amex Gateway points if I pay with points. (13,500 = $100)
So its much cheaper to pay with points. Everything I had read on this website and others say that paying with points is always the worst way to use points. So what am I doing wrong in my calculations?
Thanks for the help,