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You can now earn Virgin Flying Club miles via hotel booking site PointsHound

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Last August, I wrote about Rocketmiles and PointsHound.  These are both online hotel booking services, but with a difference – when you book, you earn a large pile of frequent flyer miles in return!

At the time, both of the sites were US-focussed.  However, PointsHound has recently been acquired by Canadian group and is rapidly expanding its partnerships.


For European and Middle Eastern airlines, you can now earn with:

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Etihad Guest

Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles


Flying Blue

When it originally launched, PointsHound offered ‘double up’ rates.  These rates WOULD count as ‘qualifying stays’ with the hotel in terms of giving you loyalty points and elite benefits in IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards etc.  These rates are not currently available.

If you use PointsHound, you need to be aware of the following limitations:

You will NOT earn stay credit or loyalty points in the hotel scheme of the property you book except for points on additional spending.

You may or may not – depending on the generosity of the individual hotel – get your elite benefits recognised.  Hilton generally does still give elite benefits such as free breakfast and internet to Gold members. Other chains are less generous.

You should compare PointsHound pricing with other ‘third party’ websites such as Expedia or

The site is also buggy.  If you search by US$ pricing, you are presented with several special deals.  On July 29th, for example, I would get 4,350 Virgin miles for booking the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge for $380.  Switch to £, though, and I would be paying £212 and earning just 925 miles.  All very odd.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 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):

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 & 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 unbeatable 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (10)

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  • Phillip says:

    Plus, the more you book, the higher up the rank you move in terms of your PointsHound membership, which in turns gets you bonus airmiles. On certain occasions they have some great rates, but like always, research before purchasing.

    I have to say I find RocketMiles very limited in its hotel portfolio. They are, however, currently offering 5000 bonus miles for your first booking (targeted it seems).

  • PJK says:

    Great site Raffles, thanks for the referral!

    I think it’s less buggy and more “focussed” – the “big earn” promo rates seem (at least in my quick UK hotels search) exclusively on US$ rates – they clearly get a bigger / better referral rate for US$ bookings.

    I saw the same (or similar) costs across USD, EUR and GBP, but the USD earning was 2550 per night, the other 2 were 400 Flying Club Miles!

  • RC says:

    I can’t find the special deals anywhere. Am I being a bit special myself?

    • PJK says:

      The special deals come up at the top of the (default sorting) of the list, or under “Best Deals” in the sorting criteria – they don’t exist in some places, or outside USD currency (as far as I could see) but search for London in USD and you should see some with the orange slogan on the photo “Big Earn Rate” in the top left.

      • PJK says:

        Actually I’ve just noticed – the deals do exist in at least other currency – I thought they might in CAD – as it’s (possibly?) linked to the USD …

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Rob – you don’t need to hit 10 nights/year for Welcome Rewards expiry works like BAEC – you just need to have one booking (cash or redemption) every 12m in order to keep your balance active. In theory, you could earn your free night over a decade! You only need to hit 10 nights in a year to get Silver status with them (not that it’s worth anything).

  • Fenny says:

    True. But I’d rather have the cash. It paid for my Oslo Pass 🙂

  • James says:

    Just be aware that the quoted price on searching is not the final price. Just went to book the Hilton LHR (£12 more than lastminute/expedia and offering 3700 VS miles) and noticed they added £53 to the final price. Decided not to book through them.

    1 Nights $455.58
    Tax Recovery Charges & Svc Fees

  • PJK says:

    Yes it seems that their system can show the room price but doesn’t add the VAT until you click through to book it. So if you’re looking at USD prices to get the big miles bonus, just multiply it by 0.7 for GBP and you’ll get a rough idea of the price.

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