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