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Get 250 free Virgin Flying Club miles for installing their shopping toolbar

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Virgin Atlantic is currently offering 250 Flying Club miles for free to any member who downloads a special toolbar for their ‘Shops Away‘ shopping portal.

They have in the past offered as many as 500 miles for doing this.  I haven’t seen that available for well over a year, though, so I don’t think you have much at risk by taking the 250.

Virgin Atlantic 747

To access this offer, you need to go to the Shops Away page on the Flying Club website and click on ‘Shop Today’.  You will need to log in to access ‘Shops Away’.  Once in, click on ‘Mile Finder’ in the top menu.

There is no mention of how long it takes for the miles to turn up, but when this was last on promotion they were posting within 48 hours.

‘Shops Away’ is the Virgin equivalent of BA’s Gate 365 online store or the Avios e-store.  I wrote about one of their most generous offers – 700 Virgin miles for making any hotel booking at booking.com – in this article.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 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 – 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

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.)

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