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500 Virgin Flying Club miles with the Shops Away newsletter

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Shops Away is the Virgin Atlantic equivalent of the British Airways Gate 365 e-store.  It allows you to earn a few miles every time you shop at participating online retailers after first clicking through from the Shops Away website.

Virgin has a new special offer running:

You will receive 500 bonus Flying Club miles by signing up to the Shops Away newsletter AND making a purchase before 31st May.

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Shops Away

To sign up, visit this page of the Flying Club website, log in and click through to Shops Away.

As soon as you land on the Shops Away page, an overlay should appear featuring the image above.  There is a box on the form for your email address.  Fill it in and you are registered.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to find one item to purchase via Shops Away over the next six weeks in order to earn your 500 bonus points.


HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):

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

30,000 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.

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:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 (17)

  • Tilly71 says:

    I signed up using the newsletter link and made a qualifying purchase two weeks ago, I’m not use how long this offer has been running for but can anyone advise how long from experience the bonus points take to hit your account.
    It does state what the usual 45 days for credit but just interested if any sooner.

    • Andrew H says:

      Similar offer in November. Took two months for me to get the points

      • Andrew H says:

        The bonus points didn’t show until a few days after the points earned from the spend

  • Anon says:

    I can’t see the newsletter link, presumably as I’m already a member, will try from a PC…

  • Mr Dee says:

    No work for me

  • Sebastian says:

    I’ve got it. Make sure you do not have a pop up/ad blocker on.

  • Mr Dee says:

    Thanks, I had forgot to login.

    Now to find something useful to buy 🙂

  • Liz says:

    The last time there was a 1000 pt bonus it didn’t show up in pending but appeared weeks later.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Same here.

  • mark2 says:

    Don’t forget that the Tesco ClubCard quarter ends on 5th May.
    If you have your preferences set to auto convert to Virgin Miles you may wish to take it off so that you can (probably) claim 1000 points for setting it on at the start of the next quarter.
    This has worked for me for the last three quarters.

    • Nick Baker says:

      Cheers pal, good tips on the comments here as usual.

      Shout out to Raffles, this is one of the few websites where comments are very consistently positive and constructive.

    • Thomas says:

      Yes, works for me every time on both accounts.

    • Paula M says:

      Looking at your tip – when do you take off the auto convert? before or after the 5th May?

      • Rob says:

        I wouldn’t set this up until well after 5th May to ensure that your current points are not converted. Set it up and remove it 6 weeks or so later, so there is no chance of the next lot being autoconverted. There is risk here so be careful.

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