Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Earn 700 Virgin Flying Club miles for £3

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Reader Rich dropped me a line with details of an interesting Virgin Atlantic offer via their Shops Away online shopping mall.

Online hotel booking site is currently offering 700 Virgin Flying Club miles for any hotel booking made their site if you click through from Shops Away.

Anyone who collects Flying Club miles should be able to get £7+ of value out of 700 miles.  This means that it is a pretty good return on booking, say, a £100 hotel room.

It is, of course, an even better deal if you book a £3 hotel room.

Indian bed breakfast

The strength of is that, unlike Expedia, it has a lot of relationships with hotels at the bottom end of the value chain.  If you search for a city in, say, India and rank the hotels by price, you should find something at £3.

The bed and breakfast pictured above, which I won’t name because it is unfair to focus lots of ‘dead’ bookings at the same property, is only £3 for example.

I have made a £3 booking in India and I will report back when I get my miles.  The transaction is showing as ‘Pending’ with 700 miles due.  Rich has already received his so it does seem to work OK.

The link to the Shops Away online mall on the Virgin Atlantic website is here.  You need to search for once you have clicked through and logged in.

PS.  Some readers have shared their concerns, in the comments below, that this is not necessarily in the best interests of the hotel involved.  You need to decide – are you are helping the B&B by booking a room which would otherwise remain empty?  Or are you hurting the B&B by depriving them of selling the room to someone else who would actually turn up and spend additional money of food, tours etc (but would then want a breakfast and their room cleaning)?  I am personally OK with this one or I would not have run it but you should make your own decision.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 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 Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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

Virgin Rewards credit card

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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 (45)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • David says:

    I assume you do not get them until after the date of the stay??

    • Rob says:

      Would guess so – and a chance you don’t get them at all for a no-show, of course

  • VV says:

    How long does the 700 miles will appear as “PENDING”?

    Is this an one off offer or can I make multiple booking?

  • opal says:

    Is here actually anyone who’s recieved 700 miles for no-show?

    • Rob says:

      My booking is for mid-October – bit silly to do that, in retrospect! – so I can’t help yet …

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.