When I wrote about the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club “30% off Economy miles redemptions” sale yesterday, I said that I would do a follow-up article on their parallel offers.
The Virgin redemption sale has two other promotions attached to it.
The first is a 30% bonus when you buy Virgin Flying Club miles.
The link to buy, transfer or gift miles is here. However there is NO bonus, this time, for gifting or transferring miles – only for buying them for yourself.
The closing date for the deal is 22nd September, the same as the 30% discount on economy redemptions.
Virgin now allows you buy to a whopping 100,000 miles per year at a cost of £1,515!
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 20,000 miles, for example, comes out at £315. With the 30% bonus, you would actually receive 26,000 miles. This works out at 1.21p. 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 Membership Rewards points, Tesco points, Heathrow Rewards points or hotel loyalty points which you could transfer instead. There is still a 20% bonus on Tesco transfers until 16th September. Remember that Amex points transfer instantly if your accounts are already linked.)
The second offer, ‘Miles Booster’, IS a potentially very good deal.
Miles Booster only works if you have a Virgin Atlantic cash or reward flight booked or have taken one in the last six months. 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 each. Plus, with this promotion, you would get an extra 30% bonus as well.
If you maximised the Miles Booster option for your New York flight, you would be able to buy a total of 17,981 Virgin Flying Club miles for just £138.32. That is 0.77p 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, cash or reward. Even if you don’t have any current bookings, you may be able to take advantage of this. At this price, I would consider it if you know that you will be using them in short or medium term.
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