The Virgin Group has launched a new iOS app, Virgin Red. You can download it for free from the App Store. It is NOT available Android phones at the moment and no launch is expected until the end of the year.
Virgin Red is basically a promotional vehicle for the various Virgin Group companies, albeit that Virgin Atlantic seems to be excluded. To encourage you to visit and interact with it, you earn points for visiting certain pages and completing certain tasks. These can be redeemed for various gifts, starting with a free Caffe Nero coffee.
The reason I mention Virgin Red here is that, hidden away, is a 20% discount offer for Virgin East Coast and Virgin West Coast.
The easiest way to find this deal is to click the ‘funnel’ icon in the top right hand corner and select Offer, Travel, Virgin Trains.
The terms of the discount are:
Valid only on ‘Advance’ tickets
Must be booked at least 7 days before travel
Deal ends on 16th August although that is the last day to book, not travel
If you are a regular user of Virgin Trains, it is worth downloading the app and generating a discount code.
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):
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)