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(EDIT, June 2013:  Since I wrote this, Virgin has reduced the prices of Miles Booster miles from 1.5p per mile to 1p per mile.  They have also dropped the fixed transaction fee.  On this basis, it has suddenly become a good value way to acquire Virgin miles!)

Virgin Atlantic has launched a 25% bonus when you buy Flying Club miles.

See here for full details (scroll down to the Virgin logo).

A similar bonus applies when you transfer miles to another member.

Both offers expire on December 5th.

Virgin has also launched ‘Miles Booster’.  This is a rather odd little scheme which lets you buy more Virgin miles when you book a Virgin flight for cash.  The maximum you can buy is 200% of the miles you would earn from your flight.

What is odd here is that the miles you can buy are not cheap – you are paying 1.5p each plus a £15 admin charge.  You also have to ring up to make the purchase.  There is a small carrot – 15% bonus miles for the first month, plus a longer term bonus of 1,000 miles per transaction.  However, it is hardly better than buying miles outright through the ‘Buy Miles’ facility.  All very odd …

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Comments (1)

  • Oli says:

    I see that on the new buy miles bonus they also state that they are increasing the maximum annual purchase to 50k miles – does anyone know if this is just temporary for this year upto 31st Dec, or will it roll over to future years? The text is pretty ambiguous!