Back in November, I mentioned the launch of ‘Miles Booster’ by Virgin Atlantic.
It was an odd little deal. When you bought a Virgin Atlantic flight for cash, you would be offered the chance to buy additional Flying Club miles – up to 200% of the miles you would earn from the flight itself.
If you booked an Upper Class flight to the US which would earn 5,000 Flying Club base miles, for example, Virgin would offer to sell you another 10,000 miles at the time of booking.
What was odd about the scheme was that it was a very poor deal. Virgin wanted 1.5p per mile, which is exceptionally weak and pretty close to what they sell them for normally. There was also a £15 administration fee to pay.
Now, I am not suggesting, of course, that ‘Miles Booster’ has been a flop! However, Virgin is currently running a special offer – although notably without a stated closing date – offering a 33% discount on the usual ‘Miles Booster‘ price.
Now it has become interesting ….
Under this special offer, you are buying Virgin Flying Club miles for 1p each. This is not a bad deal at all.
It is not a steal, either, and of course you can pick up Flying Club miles via Tesco promotions for a lot less than 1p each. However, if you are short of miles then this is an easy way to top up your balance at a reasonable rate.
Virgin is also offering to retrospectively sell you miles based on the cash flights you have taken over the last 6 months.
The £15 administration fee is still there, unfortunately. You do get a flat rate bonus of 1,000 miles per transaction, though, which fundamentally means you are paying 1.5p per mile for those.
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