Last chance to convert Amex points to Virgin Flying Club for 20% bonus

Thursday of this week is your last chance to earn a 20% bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to Virgin Flying Club.

A lot of people, including myself, did not receive the original email back in February.  However, the bonus is NOT targeted and is showing on the American Express Membership Rewards website (click here).

Virgin Atlantic

The bonus only applies to the first transfer you make during the transfer period.

You must transfer your points to Virgin by 20th March.  The bonus points will be added by 31st March.

If your American Express Membership Rewards account is already linked to your Virgin Flying Club account, the transfer from Amex to Virgin is instantaneous.  The bonus may or may not go on at the same time though.

If your Virgin account is not already linked to your American Express account, you should ring Amex’s Membership Rewards team and try to get them linked whilst you wait.  Sometimes it can be done instantly.

Here are the full rules from the email:

1. Virgin Atlantic: Minimum transfer of 1,000 Membership Rewards points (increments of 500) to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. One Membership Rewards point is equal to one Virgin Atlantic Flying Club mile. A bonus of 20% more Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles will be applied to your first Membership Rewards points transfer made between 20 February and 20 March 2014. Bonus miles will be credited to your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account by 31 March 2014. Offer is subject to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Terms and Conditions. You must be enrolled in the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club in the UK in order to be eligible for the offer. If you are not yet a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club member you can enrol here. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Flights are subject to availability. To be eligible to receive the bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles, the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account must be active and not in default at the time of the bonus fulfilment. Visit virginatlantic.com/flyingclub for full details. Reward flights are subject to the payment of passenger taxes, charges, fees and surcharges and are subject to change. Once you transfer your points, they cannot be transferred back to your Membership Rewards account.

Don’t forget that Tesco is also offering a 30% bonus on transfers to Virgin Flying Club until March 31st.   If you click that link, you will also see my discussion on the pros and cons of collecting Flying Club miles.

(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. Is there any limit on the number of transfers you can do in a year?

  2. I appear to have 2 MR accounts- would this work for the first transfer from each online or do you think I should ring MR and get them merged and then transfer? Thanks for the heads up- I had forgotten about this and just had the platinum upgrade bonus post yesterday!

  3. 2 things I noticed.
    The bonus points are posted immediatley.
    I did 2 transfers and BOTH times, I got the bonus, so it seems not to be limited to 1st time only.

  4. Thunderbirds says:

    I recently had the opportunity to test AMEX transfers to Virgin, Virgin 20% bonus and Virgin purchases and all three turned up immediately (after a logout and login) allowing me to book 4 upper class tickets to Tokyo. The only question remaining is whether the Virgin experience is any better or worse than BA. If quality of service differs markedly then chasing bonus transfers shouldn’t drive choice of airline. I haven’t flow Virgin for 15 years so it will be interesting to see the difference.

    • The Upper cabin layout is slightly strange and can appear cramped, but the seats are comfortable.
      The food and the bar are good.
      I think it depends on what plane you will be on.
      Of course the Lounges are a great plus.
      Downside ? The ridiculous saftey video that they now play and Richard Branson appearing on screen before every selected film.

    • I haven’t flown Virgin in 15 years either! I do now have a stack of Flying Club miles, though, so will try to squeeze something in this year.

  5. Cristian says:

    Maybe you can use this bonus to travel cheaply from now 2015, according to the news today:

    From April 1 2015, all long-haul flights will be moved into band B, meaning customers travelling to the Caribbean will pay the same as if they were travelling to the US.

    George Osborne said: “From next year, all long-haul flights will carry the same, lower, band B tax rate that you now pay to fly to the United States.”

    The Budget document said: “To help British businesses strengthen links with high growth markets, and to go further to make the UK an attractive option for business visitors and tourists, Budget 2014 announces that the government will reform air passenger duty (APD) by abolishing bands C and D from 1 April 2015.

    “This will eliminate the two highest rates of APD charged on flights to countries over 4,000 miles from Britain, cutting tax for millions of passengers travelling to China, India, Brazil and many other emerging markets.

    • squills says:

      What’s the saving, typically, pls?

      • In premium cabins it’d be £188 down to £134 as the max saving (£54) – see http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/apd.htm – they’re limiting costs to Band B. Wish it was sooner, I’d quite like some cash back on my SQ Suites redemption :P

        • Chilibenny says:

          Yes but when you are thinking of the saving don’t forget there will be an RPI-inflation rise in the existing system from April 1 this year and another RPI-inflation rise on the new, two-band system from April 1 next year.

  6. Maximus says:

    This week I transferred, for the first time, Amex MR points. I am saving for flights to Tokyo with Virgin Atlantic. To ensure I benefitted from the current 20% bonus I decided to call Amex Customer Services in person to carry out the transfer.

    The customer service agent was very polite, very efficient and helpful. i guess that is what you get when paying £450 annaul fees for a Platinum card! Anyway, the transfer of points was instant, including the bonus. I saw the Virgin account change online whilst i was still on the telephone to her. You can’t get more instant than that!

    I have only flown Virgin Atlantic once, earler this month on a last minute leisure trip to NYC in PE seats (which is fine for me to the US East Coast, I would never sleep). I did pay extra to use the Virgin Clubhouse, undoubtedly the best Business Lounge I have ever been in. The inflight service in PE was good, no complaints. I did find the crew more relaxed and friendly than most BA crews.

    It will be interesting to compare UC with CW but like everything there will be pros and cons to both.