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.

What happens to your airline status when you (or your partner) have a baby?

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I have a couple of young children.  On both occasions, my wife lost her British Airways status when she went on maternity leave.  I have never been very happy with this state of affairs. It is especially frustrating with BA because of the fixed tier point […]

Bits: Tesco Lego deal back, triple Etihad miles with Hertz, Virgin sale

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More news from the beach: Tesco brings back its Lego deal! Tesco has brought back – but just until Monday – its Clubcard deal on Lego. If you spend over £60 on any of the sets featured on this page, you will receive 1,000 bonus […]

First ever Virgin Atlantic flight from Manchester to Atlanta cancelled after water cannon salute goes badly wrong ….

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This is not your typical Head for Points article but I couldn’t help slotting it in! To selectively quote from the Daily Mail (original story here): A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport fire tenders clogged up […]

30% transfer bonus from Hilton HHonors into Avios!

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This is a first, as far as I can remember. Until April 30th, Hilton HHonors is offering a 30% transfer bonus if you transfer your points from Hilton and across to British Airways. This offer is not showing on the Hilton website but it was […]

Responses to the Avios devaluation: Virgin increases cabin bonus, Qatar cuts BA earning

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The Avios earning and burning changes, which kick in from April 28th and are covered in a series of articles starting here, are beginning to impact other carriers. Virgin Atlantic emailed Flying Club members this week with changes to their cabin bonus structure. As a […]

Do you need travel insurance to cover your redemption ticket?

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I get the occasional email regarding travel insurance for mileage redemption tickets.  To be honest, I have never fully seen the point. With Avios, for example, British Airways allows you to cancel a redemption ticket up to 24 hours before travel.  (BMI used to allow […]

250 free Virgin Flying Club miles for installing their shopping toolbar

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Virgin Atlantic is currently offering 250 Flying Club miles for free to any member who downloads a special toolbar for their ‘Shops Away‘ shopping portal. They have in the past offered as many as 500 miles for doing this.  I haven’t seen that available for well […]

Where can you fly these days with Virgin Atlantic miles?

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The coverage of Virgin Flying Club on Head for Points has increased considerably since the site started almost three years ago.  This has been driven by a few factors: generous credit card sign-up bonuses that let you get started quickly, regular Tesco Clubcard and American Express […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for March – summary of the current top deals

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After a break in February – because there was nothing new to write about – it is time for the return of 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.  […]

Qatar joining Amex Membership Rewards? … and other Amex MR shenanigans

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(EDIT:  Virgin has now reappeared on the Amex Eurodollar website.  Apparently it was taken down for a few days for technical reasons but normal service is now resumed.) There are a few ‘things’ ‘going on’ with the airline partners attached to the American Express International […]

Adios … Virgin Little Red status match over, using pre-paid Visa with NS&I over

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Two good deals have just bitten the dust: Virgin Atlantic status match closed For well over a year, Virgin Atlantic has been offering a status match to your British Airways Executive Club card if you took a flight with Little Red. This was a great offer […]

Bits: BA hand baggage fares, hotels.com sale, 4000 free Alitalia miles, Finnair starts Dublin, Virgin sale

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My inbox continues to exceed the space available for full length articles!  So here is a summary: British Airways makes ‘hand baggage only’ fares less attractive You will probably have received an email from British Airways yesterday regarding ‘hand baggage only’ fares.  Introduced two years, initially […]

Hilton ‘Double Your HHonors’ promo for March-May now active – combines with Avios and Virgin offer

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Hilton HHonors has announced that it is cutting back on global promotions and spending more effort on individual targeted deals for specific customer segments.  The slightly clumsily executed ‘100,000 free points for some but by no means all Diamond members’ offer was part of this. […]

2,015 Virgin Flying Club miles for a Hertz rental

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Back in 2013, Hertz and Virgin Atlantic ran a very generous promotion which gave 2,013 Virgin Flying Club miles on a rental.  In theory you were meant to rent for at least three days but it actually paid out irrespective! A similar offer has just […]

Which airlines let you transfer miles INTO hotel loyalty programmes?

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Almost all hotel loyalty programmes let you transfer you points into certain frequent flyer schemes.  What is far rarer is for a frequent flyer scheme to let you transfer your points INTO a hotel programme. This didn’t used to be the case.  If you go […]

3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles from Virgin Wines

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Looking at the latest batch of Flying Club deals, I was attracted by this long-running offer of 3,000 Flying Club miles for your first wine order from Virgin Wines. Virgin Wines used to be part of Laithwaites, which runs most of the mail-order wine clubs under […]