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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.

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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 virginatlantic.com/flyingclub 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.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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.

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

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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel 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

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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 (24)

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  • flieduk says:

    Good thinking.

  • flieduk says:

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

  • Ruth says:

    Hi,

    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.

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