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Here is the first decent promotion of 2013!

Tesco has launched a 50% bonus on transfers of Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club.  This means that you will receive 375 miles per £1 of Clubcard vouchers you convert, rather than the standard 250.

Full details are here.  The deals runs to March 5th, so you will be able to convert your points from the next set of vouchers as well.

Virgin is also repeating its offer of 1,000 Virgin miles for opting-in for auto-conversion of your Clubcard points each quarter to Virgin.  Nothing stops you agreeing to this and then cancelling after one quarter!

Virgin Atlantic 747

Virgin miles will become a lot more interesting in 2013.  You will be able to collect them on Virgin’s new domestic services which start in March.  Virgin is also likely to join the Skyteam alliance in the next 18 months, given that Delta Airlines of the US – a core SkyTeam member – has just bought a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic.

That said …. the SkyTeam deal is not guaranteed and I don’t recommend you make a conversion to Virgin unless you have a clear idea about how you want to redeem them.  Virgin charges similar fuel surcharges to BA, so long-haul economy redemptions are still a bad deal.

Remember too that both Virgin and Avios allow one-way redemptions, so if both carriers serve a route you could redeem for Virgin one-way and BA back.  Redeem for Virgin Upper Class from Heathrow and you’d get to visit their Clubhouse lounge, generally regarded as one of the best in the world.

There is also an interesting arbitrage to earn Hilton HHonors points from this promotionAs I outlined in this old article, because you can transfer Virgin miles to Hilton points you can therefore go Tesco to Virgin to Hilton.  With the 50% bonus, you would effectively get 3-4 times face value for your Tesco vouchers in Hilton points, if spent wisely.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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 & four 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (14)

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  • Roger says:

    [quote]I think the NatWest Black card also has Priority Pass …[/quote]Almost – it offers Airport Angels lounges! These are similar to PP except for the USA where their selection is poor.

    The only other sensible card with PP cards is the Coop’s Priority Privilege account with just 4 lounge visits a year; beyond that visits are charged. However, how many times do we use lounges with a PP card? I didn’t use mine once in 2012 because I was travelling biz class or because I had BA and LH status.

    For those to whom the AmEx plat doesn’t make sense any more, the Coop account is worth a look – £13 a month with a travel policy with sensible medical cover (to age 80, I believe), RAC breakdown cover in the UK and the rest of western Europe and some other bits and pieces.

    Sorry to go on a bit. My former enthusiasm for the RBS/Natwest Black Account has waned in favour of the Coop account.

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