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Special American Express promotion when booking Virgin Atlantic

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Amex has launched a special promotion, limited to just 1,000 cardholders, planning to fly with Virgin Atlantic.

The first 1,000 holders of an Amex-issued Amex card to register and then book a Virgin flight will receive double Amex reward points when they book a Virgin Atlantic flight before 7th September.  That means double Membership Rewards points, double Avios, double cashback etc depending on which card you register.

(An ‘Amex-issued Amex is a UK-issued Platinum, Gold, Green, BA, Nectar, Platinum Cashback or Starwood Amex, but NOT MBNA or Lloyds issued Amex cards.)

In theory, this promotion is only valid on cash tickets.  However, since Amex probably awards the bonus by scanning your statement for transactions coded as Virgin Atlantic, you may well also get double points when paying taxes on Virgin Flying Club redemptions.

There is also a pathetic competition involved as well.  One of these 1,000 people will win 2 return tickets from London to New York.  In Economy.  And, here’s the best bit, taxes and charges are NOT included.  This means that it will actually cost the winner £700 or so to claim their ‘prize’.  Lucky them.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (2)

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  • pazza2000 says:

    Great tip.

    Signed up with my BA Amex (although I have a feeling, despite the wording, that this may be eligible for membership reward cards only). Plan on booking a reward this month, here is hoping for double avios on the taxes/fee’s paid.

  • Virgin and Amex offer - FlyerTalk Forums says:

    […] Amex forum, so apologies if this is in the wrong place (and been discussed before), I noticed on Raffles' site , that if you have a Amex card and are booking a virgin flight before 7th September you get double […]

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