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 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% […]

Virgin launches new reward seat sale in Economy and Premium Economy

Virgin Atlantic has launched another reward seat sale.  This one is the same as February, with a 30% discount, which is more aggressive than we saw in previous years. These deals look pretty good – especially as Premium Economy is included as well. You can […]

STILL BOOKABLE TUE: One day Virgin deal – Upper Class to Chicago £1,093

EDIT:  this flight is still available until Tuesday night Virgin Atlantic is running a one day Upper Class sale to Chicago, for some reason! If you book today, Monday, Heathrow to Chicago is £1,093 return.  This will be on a direct Delta flight, a direct Virgin flight […]

Virgin credit card sign-up bonus raised to 10,000 (White) and 25,000 (Black) miles

Virgin Atlantic has boosted the sign-up bonus on its credit cards again.  This is not entirely surprising given that British Airways increased the bonus on its cards last month – if anything, I expected the retribution to come quicker! Holders of the bmi Diamond Club cards should […]

What credit card should replace your Diamond Club Visa or MasterCard?

Yesterday I ran an extra article to share the news that the MBNA Diamond Club (ex bmi British Midland) credit cards will stop accruing Avios points on 30th September. This is a big blow for many people, not least myself who has been earning a […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, 3000 Virgin miles for joining Flying Club, Avios / LOVEtheatre deal

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing this week. Here is two nights in Paris which ends this week, as is this one for two nights in Leeds Castle (which is in […]

Bits: Delta Heathrow changes, if you need a hotel in Worcester ….

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic to be joined by Delta at Heathrow Terminal 3 Delta has announced changes to their London flights. Starting on 14th September all Delta flights from Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia will be moved from Terminal 4 to […]