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Virgin Atlantic launches ‘double miles on economy flights’ promotion

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It is always good to see a generous promotion aimed at travellers in economy rather than premium classes.   Virgin Atlantic has just launched a deal offering double Flying Club miles on selected routes until the end of 2014.

The promotion only applies to flights in economy.  The following routes are included:  New York, Boston, Washington, Miami, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Delhi and Lagos.

For a flight to Tokyo, for example, you would now earn an impressive 24,880 Flying Club miles for a return instead of the usual 12,440.  I would value those additional miles at £100-£125, so it might be enough to swing you towards selecting Virgin instead of the competition.

You need to register for this promotion by visiting this page on the Virgin websiteNote that you must register and book your flight by 30th November even though you can travel at any point up to 31st December.

In theory flights booked before November 1st do not qualify but I would still register just in case.  There is no limit to the number of flights on which you can earn the bonus.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 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 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points 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 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (4)

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  • Brian says:

    Given that Virgin flights generally require fewer miles and lower taxes than equivalent BA reward flights, why do you value Virgin miles lower than Avios?

    • Charlie says:

      The additional miles is valued at approximately 1p in the article, that seems consistent to Avios to me. For business class travel the taxes are not lower.

  • Anon says:

    Shame MCO not included

  • James says:

    I have an economy flight to new York booked already within the travel period, fingers crossed!

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