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 ….
…. 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.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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.)