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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.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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)

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  • harry says:

    Nice one 🙂

    Good for Virgin miles collectors.

    • harry says:

      10.51 from Edinburgh —> Haymarket is £1.50 (with railcard), by Virgin Trains

      0.3p/ mile

      • harry says:

        child ticket with railcard £1.15

        • Genghis says:

          Cheers harry. My ‘son’ will now be traversing Edinburgh on the 10.51 next week…

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Just buy any ticket that’s over £1 such as Edinburgh Waverley – Haymarket. Just remember if you book on the Virgin Trains East Coast website you must choose one of their services and on Virgin Trains you must book a west coast train.

  • Nick Burch says:

    For those taking part in the Virgin Red treasure hunt, that could also be a very cheap way to get some of the Virgin Trains gold coins! (Rumor is that there are 10 different coins on west coast, 5 on east)

    • Boi says:

      Any chance we could share the coins? Most of the time I manage to solve the clues but for the life of me can’t get the coins!

      • Nick Burch says:

        Buffet staff have them, and I’m told some of the first class on-train and lounge staff have them too. Generally you need to ask though!

  • Chaim says:

    Can I book multiple tickets?

  • signol says:

    If you have no intention of making the journey, then buying a ticket with a railcard discount makes it even cheaper. Also good for resetting the expiry clock on VS miles.

  • Andrew H says:

    I didn’t think this applied to me because it said ‘all first-time bookings can enjoy 500 extra miles before 31 July 2016.’ I assumed ‘first time booking’ meant your first purchase with Virgin Trains. I have booked with them many times already.

    I also assumed that you can book any ticket on a VT WC/EC route, which would include the cheap ones for a couple of quid?

    • Bob says:

      Yes I thought the same – ‘first time booking’ seems pretty clear

      • Genghis says:

        Reading the Ts and Cs in a bit more detail it appears that this means the first booking you make in the period (i.e. only one bonus available)

    • Andrew says:

      First booking within the period. Might be worth buying one on each of the East & West Coast routes just in case…

      One thing to be very careful of though is that the journey must wholly and exclusively be on a Virgin Service. I almost booked a +Scotrail Connections ticket before I double checked. Have now split the ticket at Glasgow.

      It’s a bit naughty though as the email (that I received) invites users to “Jump onboard for a Highland break that Virgin Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast will make sure gets you on the right track.” and no ticket that would meet the terms of the promotion would take you via the West Coast and onward to the Highlands without changing train company.

  • harry says:

    You can get cheaper tickets, eg the 10.59 on Sunday – Sandwell & Dudley —> Wolverhampton is £3.30

    Beat that! – remember it has to be Virgin Trains

    • harry says:

      £3.20 Sandwell & Dudley —> B’ham New St

      • harry says:

        Sorry so busy having fun looking at tickets I didn’t see Edinburgh —> Haymarket lol

    • Fenny says:

      Rugby > Coventry, child, one way, £2.30. What happens if my cherub doesn’t remember to pick up his ticket after I drop him at the station on my way to work?

      • Genghis says:

        Not too sure but you can collect any national rail ticket from any national rail ticket machine with fast ticket. I’ll collect my son’s Edinburgh ticket from Cannon St today

  • Dannyrado says:


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