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Very aggressive Virgin Atlantic economy promo – DOUBLE status points and 50% bonus miles

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Virgin Flying Club launched a new promotion yesterday aimed at long-haul economy travellers.  If you are interested in achieving status with Virgin Atlantic it is very, very interesting.

Take a look at the website for Sky High Rewards.

Here is a summary of what is on offer:

Virgin Atlantic 747

2 bonus tier points per economy SECTOR

50% bonus Flying Club base miles per economy flight

Register by 10th June

Fly by 10th July

To understand why the bonus tier points are so generous, you need to understand how the Virgin status system works.

Silver status requires 15 tier points in a rolling 12 month period.   Gold requires 40 tier points.

Economy flights usually earn 2 tier points per sector for cheaper tickets and 3 per sector for flexible economy tickets.

Even starting from scratch, you would achieve Silver status with two super-cheap economy return flights during this period.  You would be pushing it to achieve Gold – that would require 5 round trips in cheap economy or 4 round trips in ‘flexible’ economy – but you could get yourself fairly close.

As an example, a normal economy return to New York would earn 6,916 Flying Club miles and four tier points.  Under this offer, you would earn 10,374 miles and eight tier points.

There is no limit to the number of flights you can take which quality for the bonus.  ALL economy cash tickets qualify, even down to cheapest ‘O’ class ticket.

This promotion does NOT apply to Virgin Little Red domestic flights.  It only applies to Virgin Atlantic long-haul flights.  Codeshares are also excluded.

You do not receive any bonus for flying in Upper Class or Premium Economy.

What does Virgin Flying Club status get you?

This PDF outlines the full benefits of Gold and Silver status.  Silver is not hugely useful with the only real benefit being a 50% miles bonus.

The real action starts when you are Gold.  Benefits include:

Clubhouse access for you and a guest whatever class you fly

Heathrow arrivals lounge access

Use of Upper Class check-in

Clubhouse guest passes to give away (needs 60 points)

Fast Track security at Heathrow and Gatwick

100% miles bonus

Silver status for a companion

Ability to have an account for your children

Cabin upgrade voucher (needs 80 points)

Don’t forget that you MUST register via the link above to take advantage of this deal.  You will not receive the bonus miles and tier points automatically.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. 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

40,000 points sign-up 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 (6)

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  • Anon says:

    Indeed a good offer if you are travelling Y, but shame VS doesn’t have a full on LHR/LGW style clubhouse in Manchester for Golds.

  • Max says:

    I am surprised they bother with Manchester long haul flights now they have Little Red to ferry people down to LHR.

    Can’t see it would be worth their investment to have a Clubhouse in manchester Airport. And as they don’t, I guess they can’t either.

  • Maciek says:

    Would this be valid on Virgin operated flights on Delta stock ticket?

  • nux says:

    “Even starting from scratch, you would achieve Silver status with two super-cheap economy flights during this period.”

    Wouldn’t silver require two return flights, or 4 sectors?

    • Rob says:

      Bad writing on my part. I meant ‘return flights’ – I was using ‘flights’ in the conversational way rather than the technical definition of ‘flight’ ie a sector!

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