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Last week to buy Virgin Flying Club miles with 15% bonus

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A reminder that the current offer for purchasing Virgin Flying Club miles ends on 30th June.

You can currently earn a 15% bonus when you buy Flying Club miles.  You can buy a surprisingly large amount as well – the annual cap is 100,000 miles, which currently gets you 115,000.

The cost for that would be £1,515 – ie 1.5p per mile, plus the bonus, plus a £15 ‘admin’ fee.

Virgin Atlantic

One thing I like about the Virgin ‘buy miles’ scheme is that the price is fixed, at 1.5p per mile – albeit the £15 ‘admin’ fee has more of an impact at that level.  Buying smaller amounts is therefore better value than with some other programmes.

The ‘buy miles’ link is here if you are interested.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles? Click here to see recent articles on Virgin Atlantic, Little Red and Flying Club, and click here for the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (6)

  • Bullfrog says:

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ on buying Virgin miles.

    Would one earn more Virgin Miles by paying with a Virgin AMEX, rather than an alternative Amex ?

    • Rob says:

      Not sure about Virgin, but normally miles purchases are handled by a third party and the credit card is charged in their name, so no bonus. With BA, your card is charged by for eg.

      • Bullfrog says:

        Thanks for the link to
        I’ve never heard of them before.
        I am UK based and collect Avios on BA, miles on Virgin and very small accruals with AA and KLM.
        Whilst most of my miles are accrued by using the BA Amex and the Virgin Amex, plus flight purchases. Does provide a significant earning potential to add to my accounts ?

        • Rob says:

          No, it is almost useless.

          The only small benefit is that you can swap miles between some programmes. So, for example, if you had 1000 US Airways miles which are useless, you can swap them – free – for 425 Priority Club points or 219 AA miles. A poor rate, but of course if your US miles will otherwise expire unused it is useful.

          Not many programmes are exchange partners, though, and those that are often have high minimums, eg AA insists you have a 25k balance to trade.

  • Kevin Webster says:

    It’s been asked before, but it bears asking again.

    Is it actually possible to redeem virgin miles without paying extortionate ‘charges’. (Ignore the recent domestic routes)

  • Kevin Webster says:

    PS if anyone has redeemed with any of its airline partners then let me know!