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: bonus Avios at Bicester Village, Necker Island gets trickier on Virgin miles

News in brief: Double Avios and 10% off at Bicester Village Until 10th February, you will receive double Avios (10 for every £4 spent) when you visit the Bicester Village designer shopping outlet in Oxfordshire.  Full details are here.  This offer has been running for a […]

How to get 3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles from Virgin Wines

Looking at the latest batch of Flying Club deals, I was reminded of 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 […]

LAST CHANCE: Get 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles with the FREE Tesco MasterCard

(This deal has now expired – it was pulled early on Monday morning) If you are looking for a way to give your Avios or Virgin Flying Club a little free boost for the new year, this deal is worth a look. Tesco Bank is […]

Bits: Virgin and Flybe to codeshare; Business Traveller auction; I’m looking for a Dutch HFP writer

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe to codeshare to Heathrow As I covered a couple of weeks ago, Flybe is to launch flights to London Heathrow from Edinburgh and Aberdeen in March.  These will use the slots previously given to Virgin Atlantic for its Little […]

Virgin round-up: new offers and last 48 hours to redeem at current rates

It was pointed out last week that our coverage of Virgin Atlantic has been a little thin of late.  I think the chaos around the launch of the new website – which is still not working properly – has been keeping people away as I’ve […]

Paying tax on 31st January? Remember HMRC credit card fees have been slashed!

If you have a large chunk of self-assessment income tax due this month, there is an upside. Last April, HMRC slashed its credit card fee to roughly 0.4%. One of the biggest jokes, since the EU cap on Visa and MasterCard fees came into effect […]

Bits: Tesco Premium credit card changes, BA drops City to Madrid and Alicante, Railcard discount

News in brief: Tesco makes changes to the Tesco Premium Credit Card Tesco removed the 2,500 bonus Clubcard points (6,000 Avios or 6,250 Virgin miles) sign-up bonus from the Tesco Premium Credit Card yesterday, as scheduled. The offer has not been replaced with a new […]

240 free Avios for giving Tesco your insurance details – if you got it before, you can get it again

Tesco Bank runs regular promotions offering bonus Clubcard points if you are prepared to hand over your insurance renewal dates. It turns out that I haven’t mentioned this deal for 6 months so, as it is a very easy source of free miles, I thought I would […]

Get 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles with the FREE Tesco MasterCard

(EDIT:  This deal will end on Monday 23rd January so apply now if you are interested) If you are looking for a way to give your Avios or Virgin Flying Club a little free boost for the new year, this deal is worth a look. […]

A painful change to Virgin’s policy on infant redemption tickets

The relaunch of the Virgin Atlantic website last month will not go down as one of the greatest IT triumphs of the year, to put it mildly. As well as general technical issues – such as not being able to access your account – there […]

Bits: last day for 2,400 Avios on LEGO, Swissport strike off

News in brief: Last day for the Tesco / LEGO deal – delivery by Christmas! A quick reminder that today, Thursday, is the last day to get 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles (ie 1,000 Clubcard points) with a £75 LEGO purchase at Tesco Direct. […]

Lloyds buys MBNA and its airline credit cards ….. good news or bad?

Lloyds Bank announced yesterday that it was the winner of the auction to acquire the UK operations of credit card group MBNA from Bank of America.  It paid £1.9bn as well as taking over MBNA’s existing debt book. MBNA is the leading UK player in […]

2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles with £75 of LEGO – Christmas delivery guaranteed

Tesco Direct and LEGO have launched a last-minute deal for anyone out there who still needs to buy Christmas presents. Until Thursday (22nd December) you will get 1,000 extra Clubcard points – convertible into 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club miles – when spending […]

Extended until January – 3000 Flying Club miles with Virgin Money International Money Transfer

Early November I wrote about Virgin Money International Money Transfer as a new Virgin Flying Club partner. As an introductory offer Virgin Money offered 3000 Virgin Atlantic miles when making your first transaction. This offer was originally going to end on the 30th November.  This […]

I finally book the UK’s best value – by far – frequent flyer redemption!

There is one redemption opportunity via a UK frequent flyer programme which – in terms of flights departing the UK – is head and shoulders about the rest in terms of value. Even more amazingly, availability for this redemption is very easy to find. Until […]

Do you need travel insurance to cover your redemption ticket?

I get the occasional email regarding travel insurance for mileage redemption tickets.  To be honest, I have never fully seen the point unless you have a pre-paid hotel reservation at your destination. With Avios, for example, British Airways allows you to cancel a redemption ticket […]

Bits: Yotel / Virgin partnership, my trip next Easter, 50% off Hilton points

News in brief: Yotel / Virgin Atlantic partnership Last weekend I ran an article outlining hotels chains which do not give Avios but which do give Virgin Flying Club miles. I mentioned Yotel.  According to the Virgin Atlantic site, you only earn Flying Club miles […]

Which hotels don’t give Avios but DO earn Virgin Flying Club miles?

If you travel on business, earning airline miles from your hotel stays is an easy way of running up your Avios points balance.  You should never take airline miles by default, though, as it is normally better value to take points in the relevant hotel […]