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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 (October 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 & two 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.

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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 long list of travel benefits 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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  • Phill Ramsay says:

    Just a point to note on this, in the email it does say “First time bookings” Which I read to be people who have never booked through Virgin Trains before.

  • rabbit says:

    I need to buy tickets for Euston – Manchester for October, when will these become available on the virgin site? Just wondering if they will be available by the 31st July when this miles offer ends

  • Axel Heyst says:

    my daughter is now travelling from waverley to haymarket next sunday for 70p

    • Genghis says:

      I saw one of those but is that a ‘Virgin Trains’ service? The one I saw for 70p was Cross Country.

      • Rob says:

        70p may be a mistake. Surely that doesn’t trigger any base points (2 per £1) and so there is nothing to send to Flying Club and so they won’t give you a bonus?

        • The Urbanite says:

          It’s a CrossCountry Only Anytime Day Single. Had a quick look in the fares database and the closest I could find to £1 was a child Off Peak Day return from Coventry to Birmingham International, only valid on Virgin services at £1.05.

          • Rob says:

            CrossCountry won’t count. It needs to be a Virgin Trains service to earn points.

  • Go says:

    Booked for £1.15! I

  • CV3V says:

    Wonder if the bonus points for First Class will be added on to, Haymarket in First class for 1.55, and can probably help myself to those free bottles of water they leave out in First.

  • Arun T says:

    Virgin Trains website non responsive at the moment – I blame raffles 🙂

  • Andy says:

    Ugh, I had had my first booking via their site yesterday! Ahhh well, still ticked the boxes in terms of resetting the expiry on my miles.

  • Neil says:

    That’s me sorted – Sandwell & Dudley to Wolverhampton next Saturday night for £2.40 – any suggestions on what to do in Wolverhampton at three minutes past midnight?

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