On Thursday night I dropped an extra article onto the site in response to a newly launched Virgin Flying Club promotiton. This is a more developed version of the same idea, and if you read HfP via email you never saw the original deal in the first place.
If you have a Virgin Flying Club account, you probably got an email on Thursday promoting their new Virgin Trains deal.
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 …..
…. and book a Virgin Trains service (tickets for other operators don’t earn points) …
…. you will receive 500 Virgin Flying Club miles with your first transaction during this period
…. which will be credited by 31st August
The reason I dropped in the extra article is that Virgin West Coast had a sale which ended on Thursday night and which had tickets for just £4. This would have got you 508 miles for just £4.
Thanks to the ingenuity of HfP readers, it seems that I didn’t need to rush in with the extra article. It turns out that there are a few Virgin routes where you can get a ticket for a couple of £.
The 10.51 from Edinburgh to Haymarket, with a railcard, is £1.50 (£1.15 for a child). This is a Virgin Trains East Coast service. Do not book any other Haymarket service operated by Scotrail or Cross Country as this will not earn points.
Alternatively, for a West Coast service, Sandwell & Dudley to Wolverhampton is £2.40. Again, not all trains on this route are Virgin Trains so be careful to avoid London Midland.
You must also book on the right Virgin website to earn points. East Coast tickets only earn points when book on the East Coast site here. West Coast tickets must be booked on the West Coast site here. Book on the wrong site and you won’t earn anything.
You may find others. Do NOT book anything for under £1 as this may not earn you the bonus. The transaction is too small to generate base points (2 per £1) and if no base points are sent to Flying Club they won’t know they need to add your bonus.
Of course, if you actually need to book a West Coast or East Coast train ticket before the end of July, there is no need to mess about with this as you will earn the bonus naturally.
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.)