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.

How to convert Marriott or SPG points into Hilton or IHG points

Because most frequent traveller currencies can either be converted into a different one, or can be earned by converting something else, there are always odd opportunities that get thrown up. Sometimes you can do a conversion which you logically would not expect to be possible. […]

Earn 3,600 Avios with £75 LEGO City spend

If you spend £75 on LEGO City toys at Tesco Direct before midnight on Monday you will receive 1,500 extra Tesco Clubcard points. These will transfer into 3,600 Avios or 3,750 Virgin Flying Club miles – plus the miles from the Clubcard points on your base […]

6,000 Avios and £60 cashback on the £150 Tesco Premium Credit Card – worth it?

Back in June, Tesco launched the Tesco Premium Credit Card. You can check out the details here.  The representative APR is 56.5% variable, including the fee, assuming a £1200 credit limit. I was, for want of a better word, ambivalent about the card when it launched. […]

Are you better off taking Flying Club miles or Nectar points from Virgin Trains?

An increasing number of train companies are now offering Nectar points when you book with them. It is ironic that the train companies feel the need to incentivise people to book directly with them.  They often have cheaper fares on their own websites than elsewhere.  […]

Bits: Virgin scraps Combi Fare, Hilton Visa application criteria eased, Avios Dining delayed

News in brief Virgin Atlantic scraps CombiFare In a surprise move, Virgin Flying Club scrapped CombiFare this week.   This was odd because CombiFare was the sort of unique product which Virgin likes to use to show it is more flexible than the competition. As I […]

Tesco replaces its Avios-earning gift card promo with …. the same thing (and a Tesco deal round-up)

If you didn’t see Shopper Points yesterday, you won’t know that Tesco has been acting oddly! We mentioned last week that Sunday was the last day to earn 150 Clubcard points when spending £50 on gift cards at Tesco. This very generous deal – which allowed […]

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro has been to destroy, pretty much, the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International Dollar Card. In the past with Sterling at $1.60, […]

Why Marriott Travel Packages are exceptional for Avios if you have lots of SPG points

In my discussion of the implications of Marriott’s decision to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points into Marriott Rewards at the ratio of 1:3, I said that Marriott Travel Packages looked a very good deal. Today I want to go into this in more detail. Marriott […]

Last chance: Avios from Tesco gift cards, Avios from LEGO, Avios from Diamond Club credit card

We will shortly be saying goodbye to three generous Avios collection opportunities.  If you want to take advantage, this weekend is the time to do so. Last day for 360 Avios per £50 Tesco gift cards On Sunday, Tesco is ending its longest running – […]

Bits: 3600 Avios and £10 off with LEGO Friends, £15 off Lufthansa flights, flying with a Galaxy Note 7?

News in brief: 3600 Avios and £10 off with LEGO Friends As we covered on Shopper Points yesterday, there is a VERY generous LEGO deal running again this week on Tesco Direct. As you can see on this page, you will receive 1500 bonus Clubcard […]

Last chance to book in the current BA and Virgin sales – BA deals improved by ‘triple Avios’

Tomorrow, Wednesday 21st, is your last chance to make a booking in the current British Airways and Virgin Atlantic sales. I wanted to do a recap today of some of the deals on offer. British Airways Since the sale was announced, British Airways has launched […]

Do you know the expiry rules for your airline miles?

There is nothing more frustrating than finding that your miles have expired when you finally come to use them or add to them. This is most likely to happen with secondary programmes where you once dropped a few miles from a one-off promotion and then […]

Bits: £20 for TripAdvisor hotel booking, Clubcard bonus on kids games ending, corrected Etihad codes

News in brief: £20 in Amazon vouchers with a TripAdvisor hotel booking TripAdvisor is offering a £20 Amazon voucher when you book a hotel via their UK site for £150 or more.  Details are here. It is a little fiddly but the deal seems decent […]

Bits: new Amex cashback deals, new Virgin Clubhouse access rules, IHG to United bonus

News in brief: American Express launches new cashback deals A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched this week. Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement. Offers marked ‘Connect’ appear on the Amex […]

Earn 3+ Virgin Flying Club miles per £1 with chauffeur service myDriver

Virgin Flying Club launched a new partnership with chauffeur firm myDriver in April.  I didn’t mention it then but a reader recently gave me a nudge and – because of the decent earning rate – I thought I would cover it today. myDriver is a […]

HFP ‘Credit Cards’ page updated for September – 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 updated directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab […]

30% bonus when you buy Virgin miles or use ‘Miles Booster’ – good deal?

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% […]