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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

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

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

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (57)

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  • jill says:

    I also was offered 1000 extra points if I went for the auto convert.

  • Linda says:

    I was also offered the extra bonus on two e-mails. Can I also ask as new to collecting Avios when was the last BA offer on with a bonus conversion. Are we due one as my Tesco points are poised for conversion.

    P.S. RAFFLES I think we have got the SPG points sorted they have now linked the two accounts and say they will transfer for the next run in 2-3 weeks time, so hopefully will also qualify for the extra 25% bonus conversion. Nearly 100,000 avios and counting not bad for 4 weeks.

  • pazza2000 says:

    OT: I have a strong feeling that the days of 100% bonus are long gone. I would reckon that a 50% bonus is the best that we can hold our vouchers back for. Virgin is now my preferred conversion, and I am wondering if I should jump at 30% or hold off, having no short term need for the miles?!?

    • John says:

      I would convert everything expiring within the next year, but you may see it differently. Anyway you can always earn more CC points with inks and stuff, and if you work things out at the regular conversion rate, you should never lose out

  • Simon says:

    Come on BA match it – please!!

  • Geoggy says:

    again not had the email – is it targeted??

  • Hummer says:

    If Virgin Atlantic points can be converted over to Hilton, can the Hilton points be converted then on to Avios, and does this work out a good deal?

    • Mark says:

      They can, but that question has been answered above. Tesco->Virgin->Hilton->BA leaves you worse off than transferring Tesco->BA directly at normal rate, even with the Tesco->Virgin and Hilton->BA bonuses currently available.

    • Rob says:

      No its terrible, as Hilton to Avios is 10 to 1

  • Tom says:

    Did you see this FT post on changes to the Virgin T&Cs? Can now cancel up to 24 hours before for a full points refund..

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/virgin-atlantic-flying-club/1500686-no-more-loss-miles-when-cancelling.html

    • Tom says:

      And I got to the end of the thread and saw your comment.. 🙂

    • Rob says:

      Yes, seen it. Running it tomorrow. It’s a miracle! There is also a big Virgin sale on US redemptions.

      • Stephen D says:

        Does anyone know when this goes live on clubcard website?

        Still shows 625 miles per £2.50

        Or is the email targeted?

        • Mark says:

          Advised by Tesco that the points are added after they have been converted.

  • CV says:

    Just to advise, points converted from Clubcard to Flying Club overnight and included the bonus points (which aren’t advertised on Clubcard website).

    • Linda says:

      Thanks for that CV I was going to give Tesco a ring about it, so you have saved me a phone call.

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