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I am sneaking this in as a ‘day’ article because the arbitrage expires tonight.

If you have a Virgin Flying Club account, you probably got an email today promoting their new Virgin Trains deal.  Basically:

If you book a Virgin West Coast or Virgin East Coast ticket via the official websites before 31st July

…. and select Flying Club miles instead of Nectar points as your reward ….

Virgin Trains

…. you will receive 500 Virgin Flying Club miles with your first transaction during this period

. which will be credited by 31st August

The reason you book tonight is that the Virgin West Coast sale ends at midnight.

And, during that sale, you can buy train tickets for as little as £4.  London to Birmingham is advertised at that price, one way.

So …. go to the Virgin West Coast website, book yourself a £4 train ticket, add in your Flying Club number and hopefully 508 Virgin Flying Club miles will arrive by the end of August.

Of course, if you actually need to book a West Coast or East Coast train ticket before the end of July, there is no rush.

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 (45)

  • Andrew H says:


  • Nick says:


    “Due to some recent technical hiccups with our booking system, we’re now extending our Summer Seat Sale up until 11am 8 July 2016, so you’ve got a few extra hours to snap up those tickets.”

    • Genghis says:

      By the sounds of it, many people weren’t exactly buying the sale fares last night.

  • Mark B says:

    I got the email, where does it mention the 500 miles ?

    • Nick says:

      I don’t know about your email from Virgin Trains, but mine mentioned it in the initial text:

      Dear *******

      It may look like the sunny shores of Croatia, but this is actually in the UK. So why not discover more little surprises such as these and treat yourself to an extra 500 miles on your first adventure with Virgin Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast before 31 July 2016? What’s more, when you travel with them, you’ll earn two Flying Club miles for every £1 you spend…..

  • Tilly71 says:

    Is this offer mentioned anywhere on one of their sites as i didnt get the email and i havenever made a virgin train booking?

    • Rob says:

      No, just checked everywhere I expected it to be. I got it on every FC account in my household though and the rules don’t say it is targetted. Probably not worth the effort if you didn’t get the email, just in case.

  • Andy S says:

    Very odd. I didn’t get the email about 500 bonus miles, nor the one about the sale extended. I did get the one about £4 fares. I have purchased through virgin trains recently. So I suspect it is only for those who haven’t purchased solely VT tickets before!

    • Colin JE says:

      I got the email but have bought tickets on both Virgin Trains and Virgin East Coast, and got poiints awarded to Virgin Atlantic in the past. It may be a quirk of their mailing. Surely worth a punt for £1.15 (child fare) if you hadn’t got the email?
      However, watch out for making sure it’s booked on the right website. Current thinking is that the Waverley to Haymarket 10.51 service is Virgin (West Coast) Trains, not East Coast, so needs to be booked on West Coast site.

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