Just a quick reminder that 5th March is the last day to convert your Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club to benefit from the current ‘50% bonus miles’ promotion.
(There is also a separate promotion offering 1,000 Virgin miles if you choose to set your Tesco account to auto-convert to Virgin Flying Club each quarter. I do not recommend this, though, as it is better to keep hold of your vouchers until a decent conversion bonus comes along. They don’t expire for 2 years, after all.)
Details of the conversion bonus, and the web page to order from, are here.
If you are not familiar with Virgin Flying Club, please do NOT jump in and convert a large pile of vouchers without doing your research.
Whilst Virgin has a good route network these days, and has a product that is as good and potentially better than British Airways, you need to look at sample availability on the route that interest you. Can you get the seats you want?
Taxes and fuel surcharge on Virgin are in line with those wanted by BA. However, unlike BA, Virgin does not have a short-haul European network and does not have any ‘low/no tax’ partners (BA has airberlin and Aer Lingus if you want to minimise taxes).
That said, the Virgin Flying Club scheme works well for a lot of people. But don’t jump in via this deal without thinking it through.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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):
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.
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.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)