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Just a quick reminder that Monday 31st is the last day to apply for the current special offer on the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club credit cards.

There are two things that make this deal stand out.

The first is that Virgin did not offer any special sign up deals AT ALL during 2013.  Unlike some cards, they are quite fussy about how often they have a big promotion.

Secondly, this deal is easily the most generous sign-up bonus ever seen on the Virgin cards.  There is no guarantee that any future promotion – which could easily be over a year away – will be as good.

Virgin Atlantic tail fin

Here is a reminder of the deal

Virgin Flying Club offers two different credit card options.  There is a free ‘White’ card and a £140 fee ‘Black’ card.  Each comes in the standard MBNA Bank of America double-pack of an American Express and a Visa.

The free card is the Virgin Atlantic White Credit Card.

There is NO annual fee with this card, and the sign up bonus is 10,000 Virgin Flying Club miles.  The sign-up bonus for this card has never been as high as 10,000 miles.  The usual bonus is a paltry 3,000 miles.

You will receive 3,000 miles immediately and a further 7,000 miles when you spend just £1,000 in the first 90 days.  Should you decide to keep the card, you will earn 1 mile per £1 spent on the Amex and 0.5 miles per £1 spent on the Visa.

My full review of Virgin White is hereThe application page is here.

The more generous fee-carrying card is the Virgin Atlantic Black Credit Card.

This card comes with an annual fee of £140, with a sign-up bonus of 25,000 Virgin Flying Club miles.  Again, I believe that this is the highest bonus that has ever been offered – the usual bonus is a paltry 6,000 miles.

You will receive 18,500 miles immediately and a further 6,500 miles when you spend £2,000 in the first 90 days.

The earnings rate for the Black card is EXCELLENT.  You earn 2 miles per £1 on the American Express and a whopping (compared to the competition) 1 mile per £1 on the Visa.

My full review of Virgin Black is hereThe application page is here.

And vouchers too ….

There are also two long-term incentives available with the Virgin cards.  The White card offers an upgrade voucher (from Economy to Premium Economy only) for a miles redemption when you spend £10,000, and a second at £20,000.  The Black card offers the same vouchers at £5,000 and £10,000.

Both cards also offer what I consider a worthless incentive – a voucher at £15,000 (White) or £7,500 (Black) for a free companion seat (excluding heavy taxes) when you buy a full fare ticket in any class.  Who buys full fare tickets, except corporates?

More information on these can be found in the reviews which I link to above.

Terms & conditions

The key facts you need to remember before you apply are:

The application deadline is 31st March, you have 90 days from application to achieve the £1,000 / £2,000 target

MBNA does NOT offer a pro-rata refund when you cancel your card.  Your £140 fee for the Black card is a sunk cost.  You are therefore (effectively) paying £140 for the additional 15,000 miles on the Black card, since you could get 10,000 miles for £nothing by getting the White card instead.

You cannot combine this offer with the ‘refer a friend’ bonus I normally offer, which would have got you an additional 3,000 miles.  However, this is still a far better deal than the usual bonus, even without the additional 3,000.

How can you earn more miles?

It is very easy to earn further Virgin Flying Club miles to top up your account.   The options are numerous:

Transfers from Tesco Clubcard (at a higher rate than BA, £2.50 = 625 Flying Club miles)

Transfers from American Express Membership Rewards (1:1) – transfers from Amex to Virgin are instantaneous as well, once your accounts are linked, unlike transfers to BA

Transfers from Heathrow Rewards (1:1)

Transfers from most hotel programmes, including Starwood Preferred Guest

There are also some hotels which credit to Virgin even though they do not credit to Avios.

Car rentals – Virgin offers a generous 1,000 miles per Hertz rental for example

Receive 5,000 Virgin miles for taking out a Virgin Money ISA

The ’1 mile per £1′ rate on the Black Visa also allows you to run up miles very quickly

This article from January has some further background on Flying Club, includes reasons why it might make sense to run a Virgin balance alongside your Avios.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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):

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 & four 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 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

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (12)

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  • Simon says:

    To my surprise I got approved for the white card last week despite already having 3 cards with MBNA, they just automatically reduced the credit limit on my AA card.

  • FAWZIA says:

    is it still correct that the visa spend does not count towards the vouchers?only the amex ?
    In which case i am better off with my old bmi visa!

  • Col A-B says:

    Is there a “recommend a friend” benefit (I’m guessing not or you would have posted yours already) that I can use?

    • Rob says:

      No. The ‘refer a friend’ link still works but the bonus that way is smaller than the bonus for signing up directly!

      • Col A-B says:

        Excellent thanks – application made & accepted straightaway. Bring on the miles!

  • ankomonkey says:

    “EDIT, lunchtime Monday – please do NOT apply for the Black card today! All will be revealed in due course …. You can apply for the White card though!”

    Talk about intrigue… Just about to apply for the white card for my wife, but now wondering if it’s the white thing to do if something special is about to happen to the black card…

    • Singing Dwarf says:

      I’m almost tempted to start collecting Flying Club points instead of Avios now!

    • ankomonkey says:

      So a more generous sign-up than the BAPP… I’ve taken out two white cards in the last 3 months due to the 10k bonus. Wondering if my/the wife’s credit ratings can take hits of the black cards too…

  • Col A-B says:


  • Mark B says:

    Can anybody recommend any decent economy sweetspots for Virgin to make transferring points from tesco to add to the sign up bonus, for me the taxes always seem too high

    • Rob says:

      All of them, to be honest – the taxes on economy redemptions are at least £100 lower than BA at around £250, plus you need fewer miles. Could get 1p per mile of value when travelling at a busy time.

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