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: exclusive Avios hotel redemption deals, 50% bonus miles on Virgin West Coast, BA to Tehran

News in brief: Exclusive Avios hotel redemption deals I have agreed with Avios that they will tip me off about their most aggressive hotel redemption deals.  You can book these hotels via avios.com using your points, but you can also pay in cash if necessary. […]

20% bonus on Tesco Clubcard transfers into Virgin Flying Club miles

The same day that I questioned whether Virgin would launch a Tesco promotion this quarter, a rash of emails landed to confirm that Virgin Atlantic has lined up another Clubcard transfer bonus. It does not yet appear on the Tesco to Virgin page but I assume it is […]

Crediting your Hertz rentals to IHG Rewards Club is looking attractive

Last week, I revealed that IHG Rewards Club is offering Spire Elite members status with Hertz. What I didn’t know at the time is that IHG and Hertz have relaunched and improved their existing partnership.  ALL IHG Rewards Club members, irrespective of status level, can earn […]

Bits: Avoiding Virgin’s 1.5% credit card fee, duty free ‘reserve and collect’ at LHR, Luxury Travel Diary auctions

News in brief: How to avoid the Virgin Atlantic credit card fee but still earn double miles One of the benefits of the Virgin Flying Club credit cards is double credit card miles when you purchase Virgin Atlantic tickets via the American Express part of […]

BA looking to buy more A380’s – and Virgin Atlantic buying A350-1000’s

It is looking like we are about to see a burst of long-haul aircraft orders from both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Speaking at a recent conference in Dublin, Willie Walsh, CEO of BA’s parent IAG, made a public statement that he wanted to add […]

Bits: 480 Avios with £15 Now TV box, double Avios at Chestertons, Virgin’s Manchester lounge shuts

News in brief: 480 Avios and £10 off with a £15 NOW TV box This was covered in more detail over at Shopper Points yesterday but it is worth a wider airing as it is a very generous overall package. Sky’s NOWTV box turns your […]

Are the Virgin Flying Club Black credit card upgrade and 241 vouchers worth the £140 fee?

This is my review of the Virgin Flying Club Black credit cards. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they are worth applying for.  These articles will be linked to the relevant sections […]

Should you get the Virgin White or Virgin Black credit card ….. or both?

This is my review of the Virgin Flying Club White credit cards. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they are worth applying for.  These articles will be linked to the relevant […]

Bits: Business Traveller charity Christmas auction bargains, Virgin extends leisure routes

News in brief: Get a bargain in the Business Traveller charity auction Business Traveller magazine is once again running its annual online charity auction. This year the cause is The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney. BT has an unbeatable contact list in the industry and they […]

The Government turns the screw even further on your reward credit cards

I have written extensively about the new European Union regulations on credit card interchange fees which came into effect last week. This article covers the key information. You could (note, could) have summarised the situation as follows: The EU is capping the interchange fee (roughly equivalent […]

Bits: see the FA Cup with Emirates, 3000 miles for joining Virgin Flying Club

News in brief: See the FA Cup Third Round with Emirates Skywards miles I have written before about using Emirates Skywards miles for executive box seats at Arsenal or the other football clubs around Europe sponsored by Emirates. Emirates is now the lead sponsor of […]

The top UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

(EDIT:  This article was updated in February 2016) Our ‘Credit Cards Update’ tab lists all of the card deals currently available. What I thought might be interesting, in very mercenary terms, would be to rank the sign-up bonuses in terms of cold hard cash. Put simply, if I […]

Bits: BA bans hover boards, Virgin Atlantic sale launched

News in brief: British Airways bans hover boards! For anyone planning to unleash their inner Marty McFly over Christmas, be aware of this important release that was rushed out by BA yesterday.  I am reproducing it in its entirity because I find it funny! Prohibition […]

3,000 bonus miles with Avios, Virgin and 7 other airlines with Rocketmiles

I mentioned hotel booking site Rocketmiles recently when I touched on their Thanksgiving promotion.  The company has now sent me details of all of its current offers, which give you the chance to earn 3,000 bonus miles in one of seven different frequent flyer schemes. The only […]

Bits: 1000 Virgin miles with Shops Away, free London transport with Apple Pay, Luxury Travel Diary auctions

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic shopping bonus via Shops Away Shops Away is the Virgin Flying Club equivalent of BA’s Gate 365 or the avios.com e-store.  Use it for your shopping this Christmas and you earn miles back. Until Sunday 20th December, Shops Away is […]

Bits: Gate 365 / Avios e-store shopping deal, Virgin / Moneycorp promotion

Today is a big ‘news in brief’ day as quite a bit piled up last week! Gate 365 / Avios e-store shopping bonuses If you are starting your Christmas shopping, the British Airways Executive Club ‘Gate 365’ shopping portal has some special deals if you […]