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.
Here is a summary of what is on offer:
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 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.
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