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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.

Special offer: 12,000 Virgin miles for opening a Virgin Money ISA

With the new tax year now underway, Virgin Money is currently offering an impressive 12,000 Flying Club miles to anyone who opens a new stocks and shares ISA. See here for full details. This is a VERY attractive offer given that the usual deal is just […]

Bits: Is the Dubai Priority Pass / Virgin lounge better than BA?, double PPB points on Austrian

News in brief: Is the Dubai Priority Pass lounge better than the BA one? I reviewed the new British Airways lounge in Dubai’s new Concourse D recently and was not hugely impressed. Reader Alastair was in Dubai a week later and decided to visit the Marhaba lounge […]

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 30% off redemption seat sale in Economy, booking to 2017

Virgin Atlantic has launched another reward seat sale.  This one is more aggressive than those we saw in 2015, with a 30% discount. Given that Economy fuel surcharges have also come down by about 10% in the last six months, these deals look pretty good. You […]

500 Virgin Flying Club miles with the Shops Away newsletter

Shops Away is the Virgin Atlantic equivalent of the British Airways Gate 365 e-store.  It allows you to earn a few miles every time you shop at participating online retailers after first clicking through from the Shops Away website. Virgin has a new special offer […]

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 yesterday – although someone is clearly working fast at MBNA! Here is a quick overview of the Virgin […]

Qantas follows Virgin in allowing ‘status hold’ for new parents …. but not BA

Last year I wrote an article about ‘status holds’ for new parents.  I have a couple of young children and, on both occasions, my wife lost her British Airways status when she went on maternity leave.  I have never been very happy with this state of […]

The 2-4-1 voucher with the Virgin credit cards gets easier to use

There is going to be an announcement this morning about the British Airways American Express cards.  (EDIT: this is now live and discussed in the comments, fee increased to £195 and a temporary 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus.)  As I am not allowed to mention it yet,  […]

New 2,500 Avios or other miles Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up bonus which is worth up to 2,500 points. This is as good a sign-up bonus as you will ever see for Heathrow Rewards although the minimum spend this time is higher than in […]

10 UK travel credit cards hike their interest rates sharply

I was updating the credit card database page on Head for Points yesterday and noticed some shocking changes to the interest rates charged on many popular travel credit cards. Since the EU capped credit card interchange fees at 0.3% in December, it has become hugely […]

Bits: £20 Pizza Express Amex cashback, more uses for Avios as Alaska buys Virgin America

A rather eclectic selection of pieces today as we spent yesterday in the air: £20 Pizza Express cashback for all Amex-issued Amex cards A few new American Express cashback deals have appeared – you can see what you have been targetted for by going to […]

Big news – HMRC cuts credit card fee to 0.4% which means VERY cheap points!

One of the biggest jokes, since the EU cap on Visa and MasterCard fees came into effect in December, was that the Government itself was ignoring them.  The fee for paying your tax with a credit card actually rose in January to 1.5%. The great news […]

Bits: Virgin launches Boston and San Francisco from Manchester, Virgin / Flybe codeshares, new Tesco printer ink deal

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic to launch two new routes from Manchester In a surprising but welcome move, Virgin Atlantic is to launch new routes to Boston and San Francisco from Manchester. You will need to wait a while before you can fly as these […]

Do you know you can apply for BOTH the Virgin White and Virgin Black credit cards?

If you have ever had a British Airways American Express card, you will know that it is NOT possible to have both the free BA Amex and the paid BA Premium Plus version.  You need to choose. Virgin Atlantic also offers two different credit cards – […]

Bits: 30% off and double Virgin miles with East Coast trains, new Singapore flights to Oz & NZ, Best Western sale

News in brief: Double Flying Club miles on East Coast trains Virgin Flying Club is offering double miles – 4 per £1 spent – when you book train tickets on Virgin East Coast via the official website. You need to book by 31st March for […]

As the tax year ends, don’t forget 6,000 Virgin miles for opening an ISA

With just a month to go until the tax year ends, it is worth remembering – if you haven’t used up your ISA allowance for the year – that Virgin Money is currently offering 6,000 Flying Club miles to anyone who open a new FTSE Tracker […]

Bits: win 100,000 Virgin miles, Monarch sale, a hotel upgrade I didn’t need, a good family ski resort

News in brief: Win 100,000 Virgin Flying Club miles I have written about the Virgin Red smartphone app before.  It is a new product which tries to bring together customers from various Virgin Group businesses and cross-sell them other products. Today, it will be running […]

Virgin Atlantic increases miles needed for upgrades but makes them easier to achieve

Apologies for the delay in covering this announcement (well, it isn’t an announcement as Virgin has not actually notified people about it!) due to my holiday last week. I had a few emails pointing out that Virgin Flying Club was increasing the cost of upgrades. […]