As I posted back in July, Virgin has recently lowered the taxes on Economy redemptions. On many routes, eg New York, you will pay over £100 less in taxes per person on a return flight redemption compared to Avios. You also need fewer miles on many routes – that New York seat will cost you 35,000 miles return, compared to 40,000 Avios with BA.
For bookings to the US and Canada made between September 6th and September 20th (so you might – might – be able to transfer Tesco Clubcard points in time to book and get the 30% bonus currently available), the rates are:
Boston – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
Chicago – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
Los Angeles – 25,000 miles + £290 tax
Miami – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
New York – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
Orlando – 25,000 miles + £215 tax
San Francisco – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
Vancouver – 25,000 miles + £260 tax
Washington – 25,000 miles + £240 tax
These truly are good deals for return, economy tickets. You can book as far out as you can find availability. However, Upper Class is NOT available at discounted rates. Upper Class redemptions, and Premium Economy, will require the usual miles.
Even better, Virgin has drastically changed its shocking cancellation policy. See our other article ….
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2022)
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):
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)