Virgin Money still offering 5,000 Virgin miles for opening an ISA

Virgin Money is offering 5,000 Flying Club miles to anyone who open a new FTSE Tracker ISA. See here for full details.  I first wrote about this offer last year, thinking it was a short term special deal, but I received another email from Flying Club about it last week and it does seem to be continuing.

There are two ways to invest. You can either invest a lump sum of £1,000, or make a £75 monthly investment for at least six months. In either case, you must leave the account open for six months.

You hopefully don´t need me to remind you that this is an investment product and you could lose some of your capital – these miles are definitely not risk free!

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The less risky option is £75 x 6 months = £450 invested. If you valued the miles at £50, you would still come out on top with a 10% fall in the market by the time you exit.

The £1,000 lump sum investment is clearly riskier – the value of the miles is wiped out with just a 5% fall in the market. As your entire £1,000 is invested on Day 1, you are also losing out on proportionately more bank interest as well.

You cannot open this ISA if you already have a ‘stocks and shares’ ISA for the current tax year. You can open one if you only have a ‘cash’ ISA for the current tax year.  The small print says that the offer is once per customer, so I assume you cannot get it again if you opened a similar ISA last year.

This is certainly not one for totally unsophisticated investors.  However, if you don´t need the money back in the short term then you do at least have the flexibility to sit it out until the market gets back to your original investment level!

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Comments

  1. badger says:

    I took out one of these ISAs in 2010/11 as there was a 5000 mile offer, and closed it down after six months. I applied again in 2012/13 tax year and got a second 5000 mile bonus.

  2. Frenske says:

    There is a 1% charge per year which is pretty high for simple tracker funds. So this one might not be best one to invest a large lump sum e.g £10K. For small investment the 5000 miles becomes a better deal especially if you close and up regularly like Badger suggested.

    • Ian Townsend says:

      Agreed.

      There are dozens of better value investment options out there than this.

      I wouldn’t recommended this at all.

  3. Colin A-B says:

    I opened one. Have had the 5000 miles credited almost straight away.
    They’ve yet to take any money from me.

  4. Ramsey says:

    I have opened and closed this account for the third year running, and each time I got the 5000 miles.

    Even had some dividend paid out one year.