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Do you know you can apply for BOTH the Virgin White and Virgin Black credit cards?

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If you have ever had a British Airways American Express card, you will know that it is NOT possible to have both the free BA Amex and the paid BA Premium Plus version.  You need to choose.

Virgin Atlantic also offers two different credit cards – the free White cards and the £140 annual fee Black cards.

You may assume that the same rules applied as with the British Airways card – ie that you had to choose between White or Black.  However, this is not the case.

MBNA is perfectly happy, subject to credit etc, to let you have both the Virgin White and Virgin Black credit cards.

Virgin White

The current sign-up offers on the cards are:

The free White card offers 3,000 Flying Club miles

The £140 Black card offers 18,500 Flying Club miles

We have seen better deals on these cards in the past but those days may be numbered given the EU caps on interchange fees which will slash credit card profitability.

I know people who managed to apply for both cards at once although this is pushing your luck.  If you already have one of the Virgin cards, however, you should think about whether you should get the other one.

If you currently have Virgin Black, you have nothing to lose – and 3,000 miles to gain – by taking out Virgin White.  You can always cancel it as soon as the free miles have hit.

If you currently have Virgin White, applying for Virgin Black means you are effectively paying £140 for 18,500 miles, which is a decent deal.  Once you have triggered the sign-up bonus you need to decide whether to keep spending on Black – with the higher earnings rate – or go back to White if you are close to hitting the upgrade voucher.

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HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

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 (13)

  • Liz says:

    Has anyone been successful in asking for the 2nd year fee to be waived? Or would they just downgrade you to the White card? Also can you apply for another MBNA card eg the AAdvantage card while holding the Virgin card.

    • Jamie says:

      I’d love to know this too as I’m planning to ask for the second year fee to be waived when my card renewal comes up in June; or if I could have the introductory bonus miles again, otherwise I’ll cancel and my other half will get the card.

  • The Urbanite says:

    I have both – but I only use the white one for Amex promos I hit with every card, like Shop Small and really goods ones like Argos £25 off £50 spend.

  • Tom C says:

    I applied for both at once last year. MBNA phoned me to confirm I didn’t do it by mistake and why I wanted them. I told the truth and said I wanted the sign-up bonuses and they proceeded with the application. I got the bonus and cancelled them both a few weeks later.

  • Sal says:

    Could anyone confirm know how long it takes from the point of getting the card and doing the first purchase to points hitting your virgin flying club account?

    • JamesLHR says:

      Good question. I’ve opened the account, had my first months bill and paid in full and my Flying Club balance hadn’t updated yet with the extra miles. It’s isn’t as seamless as the BA Amex!

  • Mark says:

    Do the vouchers show up anywhere like the BA 2-4-1

    • Stuart says:

      I can see my Virgin vouchers in my recent transactions on the Virgin Atlantic website.
      It’s not as clear as the BA 241 voucher though.

  • russ says:

    Does the same apply for the MBNA Emirates card? I currently have the free one can i apply for the better one and still get the sign up bonus? thanks

  • Tilly71 says:

    Do you earn clubcard points when buying foreign currency from tesco using a Tesco MC credit card as payment?

    • Genghis says:

      Not sure but is it not counted as a cash advance if use Tesco MC?