25% bonus when you buy, transfer or gift Virgin Flying Club miles (as low as 0.75p!)

As well as launching their ‘25% off economy redemptions’ sale yesterday, Virgin Flying Club also announced a 25% bonus when you buy, transfer or gift Virgin Flying Club miles.

The link to buy, transfer or gift miles – or participate in Miles Booster – is here.

The closing date for the deal is 10th February.

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Is this a good deal?

As usual with these cases, the answer is “not really, unless you want to do an immediate redemption”.

To buy or gift 20,000 miles, for example, comes out at £315.  With the 25% bonus, you would actually receive 25,000 miles.  This works out at 1.26p.  You would struggle to get good value if you bought all of the miles you needed for a redemption at that price, but of course topping up an account is a different matter.

(Before buying, think if you have any Amex points, Tesco points, Heathrow Rewards points or hotel loyalty points which you could transfer instead.)

The ‘transfer miles’ deal is always trickier to get your head around.   What you would be doing is paying to move miles from your account to, presumably, your partner (or vice versa).  It only makes sense if the fee is offset by the 25% bonus.

Transferring 20,000 miles, for instance, costs a whopping £165.  This is amazingly cheeky pricing, given that usually no new miles are created.  Even with this promotion, where you send 20,000 miles and your partner receives 25,000 miles, you are effectively paying £165 to receive 5,000 bonus miles – a shocking waste.

‘Miles Booster’, on the other hand, is a GREAT deal.

Miles Booster only works if you have a Virgin Atlantic flight booked.  You are able to buy an additional 200% of the base miles you will earn from the flight for just 1p each.

Click here for details.  If you have a New York economy flight booked, for example, you would earn 6,916 base miles from your trip.

Miles Booster allows you to buy up to 13,832 additional miles for just 1p.  Plus, you receive a flat 1,000 bonus miles on top for every Miles Booster transaction.  Plus, with this promotion, you would get an extra 25% bonus as well.

With that New York flight, you would therefore receive a total of 18,290 Virgin Flying Club miles for just £138.32.  That is just 0.76p each, which is well worth considering.

You can retrospectively buy miles via Miles Booster for any Virgin Atlantic flights taken in the last six months.  Even if you don’t have any current bookings, you may be able to take advantage of this.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles? Click here to see recent articles on Virgin Atlantic, Little Red and Flying Club, and click here for the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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Comments

  1. Cant get my head round the booster points system.

    I used VS for a return trip to JFK in Aug the points awarded to me were:

    3458 for the outward journey

    and

    4323 for the return

    How many booster miles would i be entitled to and what would it cost?

    • Ignore that got it now, obviously dont get double on retro flights well you do, but instead of triple.

    • Assuming they are all base miles, that is 7781 earned. You can buy either 7781 or double that, ie 15562. Price is 1p each.

      You then get a flat bonus of 1,000 miles and an extra bonus of 25 per cent, so your total would be roughly 21,000 for £155.62 if you chose to buy the max.

  2. is the 25% bonus on tesco clubcard conversions ?

  3. Eeeek. Can I retroactively claim this if I bought some miles last week!? This is infuriating!

    • I very much doubt it, although as a goodwill gesture they might so firing off an email wouldn’t hurt

      • Duty bound to post an update! :-)

        I called them and they said I was still within the 7-day Cooling Off period for the purchase of those miles. They’d refund that transaction, and then I could repurchase them before the sale ends. (So I’ll just buy slightly less than I originally intended to).

        All in all very helpful, and makes me (briefly) question my BA loyalty 😉

  4. Jonathan says:

    We have 5632 miles in each of our accounts from a flight back from Jo’burg in August. So I think I can pay £112.64 each and end up with 20,712 miles (or maybe 20,962 if the extra 1000 is included in the 25% bonus).

    Is there any way to work out what the miles+money price of a return flight to Jo’burg would be if we had 20k points? At the moment it only uses my current balance and there doesn’t seem to be any way to see a price if we had more points like on BA.

    • Jonathan says:

      I think I have the wrong idea about Virgin miles+money, on further investigation it seems that there isn’t a sliding scale like BA/Avios, rather a flat 2000 miles + money for economy etc.

  5. Can you do this for little red flights too?

    If so, although a small amount, that 1,000 mile bonus makes them good value…..
    Or am I missing something?

    • Hmm – interesting point! I see no reason why not, the Miles Booster page specifically lists Edinburgh as one of it’s examples, so certainly seems eligible for the basic boost.

      Quoting from http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/miles-booster.html:
      Edinburgh return trip
      Buy the base flown miles:
      1,500 miles for £15.00

      Add in the 1000 bonus and 25% (assuming both valid) and I make that 2875 miles for £15 so 0.52p/mile! Tempted to try this out for my last LR flight to Manchester…