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.

Delta to launch Edinburgh to New York and Heathrow to Salt Lake City (redeem via Virgin)

Virgin and Delta crew

Delta Air Lines, the US airline which is a 49% shareholder in Virgin Atlantic, has announced two new routes from the UK for 2016. Delta is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, which would usually mean crediting their flights to their own SkyMiles programme or KLM’s […]

£995 Virgin Upper Class return – London to Chicago with free stopover – book TODAY ONLY

Virgin Foam

For some reason, Virgin Atlantic is having a one-day-and-a-bit Flash Sale on seats in Upper Class from London to Chicago. The fare is just £995 return! Here is an example for October I got to price easily over at the Virgin website: Here is the […]

New! Redeem your Virgin Flying Club miles for hotel rooms

Virgin Atlantic 350

Virgin Flying Club has teamed up with hotel booking site Kaligo.com to offer a new way of redeeming your Virgin miles.  You can now use them to pay for hotels globally offered by Kaligo.com. You have, of course, been able to redeem Avios points for hotels […]

Bits: Virgin / Clubcard comp, 2000 free Virgin miles, Shangri-La to Krisflyer, Amba deal

Clubcard vouchers

More news in brief: Competition for converting Clubcard points to Virgin Flying Club Tesco Clubcard is NOT offering a conversion bonus to Virgin Flying Club this quarter, unfortunately. Instead, there is a competition.  If you make a conversion to Virgin before September 15th you will […]

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 2 (Airlines and Shopping)

Etihad Virgin Australia

This is the second part of the updated article I began yesterday, discussing the best ways to ‘zero out’ loyalty card accounts which you want to abandon.  You need to remember that you may first need to ‘top off’ an account by earning a few more […]

Bits: Virgin’s NY-LON bar, Aer Lingus new short-haul business, buy Hyatt points, Etihad / Kaligo

Ny-Lon entrance

News in brief: Virgin / Delta’s O2 bar now open I wrote back in June about the new bar that Virgin Atlantic and Delta were opening at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.  The facility is now open and has its own website here.  You can […]

Virgin messes up ‘Miles Plus Money’ – now best avoided

Virgin Atlantic 350

I have written in the past about the Virgin Atlantic ‘miles plus money’ scheme.  Whilst it had its faults, it could be decent value for money.  I showed in my earlier article how you could get 1.5p per mile of value on occasion. That is all over. […]

Bits: Use Virgin miles on East Coast trains, £1k business class to Asia starting in the UK

Turkish Airlines

More news in brief: Virgin Atlantic allowing redemptions for Virgin East Coast trains Virgin Atlantic is now allowing you to redeem your miles for Virgin East Coast rail tickets.  The rate is pretty poor – 6,250 miles for a £25 voucher – but no worse […]

Virgin CombiFare …. a clever option when only half a reward flight is available

Virgin Atlantic 350

It is, of course, hugely frustrating to find that you can book half of a reward ticket but cannot find seats for other leg.  On short haul flights it isn’t so bad, because British Airways sells one-way fares on its short-haul routes which you can match with […]

Petrol – is the Virgin / Texaco partnership better than earning Avios via Shell or Tesco?

Star Rewards

One of the more mind-boggling posts I have ever run on Head for Points was this one from last December, discussing how to maximise your Avios points when buying petrol. Earning Avios when buying petrol At the end of the day, we decided that the […]

How I obtained the new IHG Rewards Club Spire Elite status without doing any stays!

Spire Elite card

In my article on Friday I showed how difficult it will be to earn the new top tier status in IHG Rewards Club. Unless you spend £37,500 in a calendar year on the IHG Rewards Club Premium Visa or book a lot of stays which come […]

Holiday Tips 4 – earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals

Car rental montage

This is the final part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series which I have updated and re-run this week in preparation for the Summer season. For many of us, the only time in the whole year when we may find ourselves looking to hire a car […]

Best ever Heathrow Rewards sign-up deal – 2,500 Avios, Virgin, Lufthansa, Etihad or Emirates miles!

Heathrow Rewards

Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus in association with Lufthansa. This is, by a substantial margin, the most generous sign-up deal that I have ever seen for Heathrow Rewards.  You will receive […]

Virgin Atlantic and Delta open their own bar at the O2 Arena

Ny-Lon entrance

There is clearly a super-hot salesman at the O2 Arena in Greenwich who knows exactly what to say to make the big travel companies sign on the dotted line! First we had the American Express Invites lounge at the O2.  This is a private bar […]

And the winner of the Rocketmiles / 50,000 Virgin miles and an Apple Watch competition is …

Rocketmiles thumbnail

I’m delighted that we have a winner for the Rocketmiles-sponsored competition which ran two weeks ago. Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the delay in announcing the winner.  This was partly due to the Memorial Day holiday in the US, where Rocketmiles is based, and partly […]

Kaligo.com launches new Virgin partnership with a strong offer

Kaligo

Hotel booking site Kaligo.com, which I have featured a few times on Head for Points as a way of earning large amounts of Avios points, has launched a new partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Between now and 31st August, you can earn up to 10,000 bonus Virgin Flying […]