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20% bonus when you convert Amex Membership Rewards points to Virgin

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American Express has launched a 20% bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to Virgin Flying Club.

A lot of people, including myself, did not receive the email.  However, the bonus is NOT targeted and is now showing on the American Express Membership Rewards website.

Virgin Atlantic

The bonus only applies to the first transfer you make during the transfer period.  You should think carefully about how many you want to move across if you want to maximise the extra miles.

You must transfer your points to Virgin by 20th March.  The bonus points will be added by 31st March.

If your American Express Membership Rewards account is already linked to your Virgin Flying Club account, the transfer from Amex to Virgin is instantaneous.  The bonus may or may not go on at the same time though.

Here are the full rules from the email:

Virgin Atlantic: Minimum transfer of 1,000 Membership Rewards points (increments of 500) to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. One Membership Rewards point is equal to one Virgin Atlantic Flying Club mile. A bonus of 20% more Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles will be applied to your first Membership Rewards points transfer made between 20 February and 20 March 2014. Bonus miles will be credited to your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account by 31 March 2014. Offer is subject to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Terms and Conditions. You must be enrolled in the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club in the UK in order to be eligible for the offer. If you are not yet a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club member you can enrol here. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Flights are subject to availability. To be eligible to receive the bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles, the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account must be active and not in default at the time of the bonus fulfilment. Visit for full details. Reward flights are subject to the payment of passenger taxes, charges, fees and surcharges and are subject to change. Once you transfer your points, they cannot be transferred back to your Membership Rewards account.

Don’t forget that Tesco is also offering a 30% bonus on transfers to Virgin Flying Club until March 31st.   If you click that link, you will also see my discussion on the pros and cons of collecting Flying Club miles.

HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (November 2020)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

As well as the two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (see here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points), you can also earn from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

(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 (24)

  • flieduk says:

    Good thinking.

  • flieduk says:

    I’ll PM you on FT so you can ref me 🙂

  • Ruth says:


    I recently transferred some tesco cc points to virgin and selected auto transfer to receive the additional 2500 virgin points. Can I now “turn off” the auto transfer on my clubcard account now that I have received the extra virgin points? Or do I need to wait until the next quarter?

  • Robert says:

    Thanks for the heads up on this bonus.. I signed up for the Amex gold after cancelling my Plat card and got the 20K sign up bonus. Thats 24k on Virgin post swap and I am almost over the 100k mark and already looking forward to sitting in UC after enjoying the LHR lounge heading off to somewhere warm and sunny.