Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Flying Club

Virgin Flying Club is the loyalty scheme for Virgin Atlantic Airways. The articles below outline the best ways of earning and spending Flying Club points and cover changes to the Virgin route network.

Virgin is a partner with American Express Membership Rewards, Heathrow Rewards and Tesco Clubcard amongst others and also has its own UK credit card. You can find out more about Virgin Flying Club on their website here.

Bits: 50% bonus Virgin miles with Kaligo, see Sunny Afternoon and earn Avios, BA cancellation fees

News in brief: 50% bonus Virgin miles when you book hotels via Online hotel booking site, which gives airline miles on every booking, is offering 50% bonus Virgin miles on every booking made by 30th June – see here.  Your stay must be […]

LAST CHANCE: 12,000 Virgin Flying Club miles for opening an ISA

Here is a reminder that you have just 48 hours left to take advantage of this very generous deal from Virgin Money. With the new tax year now underway, Virgin Money is offering an impressive 12,000 Flying Club miles to anyone who opens a new stocks […]

Bits: Delta launches Glasgow to New York, Amex ends Tripflex, Gatwick Express punctuality issues

News in brief: Delta to launch Glasgow to New York for Summer 2017 Delta, the 49% shareholder of Virgin Atlantic, has announced a new Glasgow to New York service for Summer 2017.  This will complement the existing Edinburgh to New York service and the existing […]

Earn a generous 2,000 Virgin miles PER NIGHT with Red Carnation Hotels

There are a number of hotel groups who partner with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club but who do not work with Avios.  I covered them in this article. One of those is Red Carnation Hotels. Red Carnation is a collection of 17 family run 5-star boutique […]

Bits: BA removes hot food on long short-haul routes, Virgin launches Varadero

News in brief: British Airways removes hot food from Band 4 flights In order not to appear to be unduly criticising British Airways again (see my main article today!), I will assume that this is a genuine improvement to services and not a cost cutting […]

New Virgin routes – Manchester to New York, Heathrow to Seattle – plus Delta starts Portland

Virgin Atlantic announced two new routes on Tuesday and the move to Delta of two others. This is part of what is becoming an annual rejig of its US network alongside its 49% shareholder Delta.  As far as I can tell, none of the non-US routes (eg […]

Bits: Virgin credit cards bonus ends, Avios / LOVEtheatre promo ending, avoiding squat loos in Thailand

News in brief: Last call for the higher bonus on the Virgin credit cards A very brief reminder that TOMORROW is the last day for the higher 10,000 and 25,000 mile bonuses on the Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  Full details of the deal are here. […]

Business Class to Las Vegas on BA, Virgin or American for £1,150 this Summer

Via Flyertalk comes this very interesting fare from Dublin – and possibly other places in Ireland – to Las Vegas this Summer. £1,150 return, give or take, will get you from Dublin to Las Vegas in Business Class. There are a few routing options available. […]

More petrol – is Virgin / Texaco better than earning Flying Club miles via Tesco petrol?

Yesterday I ran an updated version of one of the more mind-boggling posts I have ever run on Head for Points which discusses how to maximise your Avios points when buying petrol. This is fine for earning Avios, but what about earning Virgin Flying Club miles? […]

100 free Heathrow Rewards points (=100 Avios) for downloading their app

Heathrow Airport has launched its very own Heathrow Airport Guide app aimed at helping you find your way to and around the airport and to maximise your use of its facilities. It is available for iPhone, Android and Windows smartphones. This might not sound hugely exciting […]

LAST CHANCE: 25,000 miles with the Virgin credit cards and 500 miles with Shops Away

This week is the last week to take advantage of the current generous sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic credit cards.   Since MBNA seems to have stopped offering enhanced bonuses on its other cards since the new EU interchange rules came in, this one […]

Bits: BA changes stance on Qatar ‘R’ class, bonus miles and tier points with Virgin

News in brief: British Airways now clear that Qatar ‘R’ class earning is based on travel date Back in March, Qatar Airways introduced a new selling class for discounted business class tickets – ‘R’.  When they launched their exceptionally good business class sale in April, […]

LAST DAY: 30% off Virgin economy redemptions, Miles Booster and buy miles

Today is the last day to take advantage of the current Virgin Atlantic promotion on Economy redemptions.  You book for any date in the next 11 months. Here is a reminder of what is on offer. 30% off the miles needed for Economy redemptions All […]

Now Iberia allows new parents to ‘pause’ their status …. will BA follow?

Three weeks ago I wrote an article about Qantas introducing ‘status holds’ for new parents.  This is a topic that interests me as I have a couple of young children and, on both occasions, my wife lost her British Airways status when she went on maternity leave.  […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for May 2016 – what are the best deals this month?

It’s time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  Our directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab at […]

Should you get the Virgin credit card and convert the miles to Hilton or IHG?

Virgin Atlantic has a rare feature that allows you to transfer your points into hotel loyalty schemes.   I wrote about this extensively last year when it turned out that it was pretty much the only easy way left to earn IHG’s new top tier Spire […]

15% bonus on Tesco Clubcard transfers into Virgin Flying Club miles – worth it?

Virgin Atlantic has launched another Clubcard transfer bonus.  Details appeared on the Tesco to Virgin Atlantic transfer page yesterday and some people were also emailed.  The promotion is open to everyone whether or not they were contacted directly. The promotion is very simple: You will receive a 15% bonus on […]

Special offer: 12,000 Virgin miles for opening a Virgin Money ISA

With the new tax year now underway, Virgin Money is currently offering an impressive 12,000 Flying Club miles to anyone who opens a new stocks and shares ISA. See here for full details. This is a VERY attractive offer given that the usual deal is just […]