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Double Virgin miles on Little Red, and QUADRUPLE Virgin miles from Hilton

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Virgin Flying Club has announced that it will be offering double miles on all Little Red domestic flights until June 30th.

This means that you will earn 3,000 Flying Club miles per return flight, instead of 1,500.

More interestingly, you will earn double miles on EVERY Little Red flight you take during this period, so it could be very lucrative for some people.  Full details can be found here.

Little Red

Virgin has also announced that new Flying Club members who take a Little Red return flight before 30th June will get an extra 1,500 Flying Club miles.  This is a better deal than using the referral route that I offered a couple of days ago, so I would sign up via the link above instead.

Remember that Virgin Flying Club miles can be converted to Hilton HHonors at a rate of 1:2 (minimum 10,000 miles) so even if you have no intention of building up a collection of Flying Club miles, this promotion could still be very interesting if you transfer your miles to Hilton points.

Meanwhile …

Talking of Hilton …

Virgin and Hilton have launched a promotion offering QUADRUPLE VIRGIN MILES on stays at selected London and Scottish hotels.  You must register before your stay using this form.

The rules are:

Stays must be between 31st March and 30th June

You must set your account to ‘Hilton Points & Fixed Miles’ to receive the basic 1,000 Virgin miles per stay, plus a bonus of 3,000 Virgin miles per stay (Hampton Inn stays only get a bonus of 600 miles)

Only stays at these hotels in London and Scotland count

There is no cap on the number of times you can earn the bonus

This is a very interesting promo if you need a London hotel over the next three months.  It may even be worth hopping from Hotel A to Hotel B and back again, night after night, given that you are earning 4,000 Virgin miles per stay!

Some of the hotels, especially at weekends, will not be very expensive in the first place, so 4,000 miles represents an aggressive rebate.  I wonder if you could use it together with this 40% Hilton discount code I posted recently?

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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):

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, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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 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 (11)

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  • mrtibbs1999 says:

    I am registered for last quarters’ promo and made a public sector code stay on saturday and got all the promo points, miles and gold bonus so I would suspect that you get the bonus on the new scheme aswell

  • CMOTD says:

    Do you know whether you can combine this offer with the method of achieving gold status in 4 stays or is it best to wait until your gold status is confirmed before registering for this offer?

    • mrtibbs1999 says:

      In my experience of abusing hilton status offers, you can combine any of them together and on top of that you can combine hhonors points offers aswell.

      If you google accenture fast track

      you will see an awesome status offer that combines with anything else!

    • Rob says:

      It should combine OK

  • Andy S says:

    I see Virgin have a reward saver type fare on domestic flights. 7500 points plus £30.

    • Rob says:

      Very interesting, didn’t know this. Thanks Andy.

    • pazza2000 says:

      I have already booked a one way at 3.75k + £15, less than what it would be on Avios. I have also noticed that BA’s £ prices from GLA/EDI -to- LON have dropped steeply recently, I assume as a result on Virgin’s new domestic offering.

  • rasper says:

    Searching for flights it says operated by aer lingus

    • Alan says:

      Presumably that’s because they’ve wet-leased the aircraft from Aer Lingus?

  • FLYGVA says:

    I would play safe and avoid booking the public sector / government rates to get the Virgin Bonus Miles.
    I used these rate plan a few times in Germany and Switzerland in the past and they were excluded from the promotions Hilton HHonors were running at this time (double miles). It was not stated expressis verbis in the t&c since they do no longer post the excluded rates codes for the promotions, but the stays posted without any bonus miles / points in addition to the regular points & miles.
    Just my experience …

    • Alan says:

      Agree re note of caution. I had a recent stay on W/wide Gov’t rate which posted as all zero. I contacted HHonors and they have retro-added it, but that may potentially cause problems if trying to combine with a promo. I’m not saying it won’t work, just it’s a bit more of a risk.

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