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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.

HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:

Nectar American Express

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

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 (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!

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