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Tesco launches 30% bonus on Virgin Flying Club conversions …. will BA match?

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Virgin Flying Club has announced a 30% bonus on conversions of Tesco Clubcard points!

This is, of course, not as generous as the 50% bonus that ran in January. Possibly a sign of the (improving) economic times.

There are few rules:

The offer is open to everyone it seems (although it is not showing on the Tesco website yet)

You must convert by 31st October

One converter will win 4 UK domestic flights on Little Red (woo!)

The bonus appears to post automatically with the base miles

There are two versions of this offer. One email also promises readers 1,000 Flying Club miles if they sign-up to autoconvert before 31st October. The other email does not. It is not clear if everyone will earn the extra 1,000 miles for switching to auto-convert. (The 1,000 mile auto-convert email seems quite rare, I only know one person who got it.)

Virgin has made real efforts recently to make economy redemptions more attractive in recent months. As I posted here, Virgin has cut taxes on many routes (New York is £120 cheaper than BA) and charges fewer miles at times (5,000 fewer for an economy ticket to New York.)

However, you need to remember that you lose 25 per cent of your miles if you cancel, and lose a crazy 100 per cent if you cancel within 7 days of travel. Truly shocking.

Virgin Flying Club miles can also be converted to Hilton HHonors at a decent ratio of 1:2 (and also to IHG Rewards Club at a poor 1:1!) so this is also a potential opportunity to bump up your Hilton balance as well.

That said, if you value Hilton HHonors points at 0.3p, as I do, then you are effectively only getting (1 CC = 3.25 Virgin = 6.5 Hilton =) 2p of value for each Clubcard point. Not outstanding, but OK if topping off a balance.

Now, the big question …. will BA match? They didn’t in January ….


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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 Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

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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

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The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

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Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

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American Express Business Gold

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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 (57)

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  • Richie says:

    I hope ba don’t follow suit in the next few days. I was sick of waiting for the bonus and was worried the seat availability would go , so last night I changed 30£ worth of points to avios as I needed another 7000avios to upgrade return on our trip to srilanka next year. I just hope the available 2 seats don’t go between now and the points reaching the ba account

  • Rachel says:

    I have received the 1,000 auto opt in bonus in the past as has my colleague Amy.

  • Steve says:

    No

    • 1967stuart says:

      Thanks Steve (in that case I will not opt in for this offer as wont get the +30% on the conversion and wait until until the next offer from either virgin or BA)

  • Steve says:

    Raffles, How would you rate a conversion to Virgin to Hilton to BA with the current 25% bonus?

    • Andrew says:

      Sadly not worth it.

      1 CC
      = 3.25 Virgin (inc current bonus)
      =6.5 HHonors
      =0.85 BA (10HH=1BA + 30% current bonus)

      Ie less than a direct transfer (if someone can check my maths…)

  • Corrine says:

    Hi, not sure if this is the right place to post?? sorry if it’s not ! and it may be a daft question LOL
    I have points in my Virgin Flying Club Acct and Tesco CC waiting to convert to BA Avios (also will soon have Amex Gold MR to convert).
    The plan was to fly Dublin to Orlando (hence avoiding taxes 🙂 ) and Jamaica to London.
    Does anyone know if I can split them as follows…..
    BA = Dublin to Orlando (using BA Avios)
    VIRGIN = Jamaica to London (using Virgin Flying Club Miles)
    Am I allowed to book rewards as one-way trips ? if so I may make use of the current Virgin offer !!
    Thanks everyone and sorry if this is in the wrong place !

    • Another Steve says:

      I don’t know about BA, but Virgin definitely allow one-way reward bookings.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, you can book one way flights on Virgin so your plan is fine

      • Corrine says:

        Thanks Steve and Raffles !
        Now I know that Virgins fine …. do BA allow the one leg of the Journey on rewards flights ?
        Thanks again
        Corrine
        ps. to Raffles … my Gold Card has arrived already and my parents have paid for their cruise on it so I’ve nearly hit the min spend on the first day it arrived wahooo ! once the points are added how soon can I cancel and take out another card 😉 LOL !

        • Mark says:

          Yes, you can book a one-way reward flight on BA.

        • Mark says:

          And you have to wait six months after cancelling a Gold card to get another sign-up bonus… You can cancel as soon as you have safely spent or transferred the points elsewhere.

          Worth noting yesterday’s news about a 20% bonus on BA/Virgin conversions from reward points. I didn’t get the email but when I queried it was told they would add me to the promotion, so worth asking……

          • Corrine says:

            Thanks Mark!
            is there a BA promotion too?? I got the email from Virgin Flying Club re the 30%
            I’m really feeling like I can work my points in my favour now 🙂
            Family were going to transfer some Avios to our account to help us (but there is a cost to transfer), but as I haven’t opened a new acct for hubby yet, I think… if I add him to their family acct I can then book his flight with their points 🙂 😉 he he ! therefore avoiding the transfer costs !
            Thanks again for helping

          • Mark says:

            There is for conversions from Reward Points. If you didn’t get an email, contact Amex to ask them if you are eligible and they will probably enrol you if necessary (they did for me).

            The current Tesco conversion bonus only applies to Virgin. However they have run BA conversion bonuses in the past so if you don’t need to convert them at the moment it may be better to wait and see if another ones comes around.

            Yes, your husband could book his flight with your family’s Avios if part of their household account. However on the assumption that he doesn’t live with them it is against the Exec Club ts and cs. If found out they could technically come after him for the full cost of the flights booked with those Avios so be careful….

            It may be worth knowing that conversion of Tesco points to BA Exec Club Avios does work to other people so long as the surnames match, or at least it used to. I’m not sure about other conversions but that may a better way of sharing points across the family….

          • Corrine says:

            Thanks Mark, looks like the in-laws BA acct isn’t a family acct – it’s 2 x individual accts, which is good news means they could purchase one or two of the flights from their miles 🙂

          • Mark says:

            The other thought is that if his family are willing to dissolve their household account then they can legitimately book redemption flights for anyone, though obviously you can’t then pool Avios.

  • M says:

    I still wonder why I didn’t move some cc points in the last bonus conversion to Virgin.

  • Rob says:

    No they won’t. Your points won’t be converted until November so you miss the cut off date in October for the bonus.

  • Ann says:

    Hi

    Fairly new to this and saving for our first First class to the US. Hoped to go via Madrid or Dublin but on another point entirely. If a BA bonus came along to transfer from Mr T, do all the ‘members’ of my family already need to have BA/Avios points in their account to be eligible? Many thanks

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