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 (August 2022)
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.)