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50% bonus on Heathrow Rewards transfers to Virgin – sign-up promo worth 4,500 miles

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Heathrow Rewards, the loyalty scheme for shopping at Heathrow, has launched a 50% bonus on transfers to Virgin Flying Club.

The offer is clearly flagged on the Heathrow Rewards site when you log in.  This offer ONLY applies to Virgin Flying Club and does not apply to:

British Airways / Avios

Emirates Skywards

Heathrow Rewards

Etihad Guest

Lufthansa Miles & More

The bonus applies to all transfers to Virgin Flying Club made before 24th April.

This is why the deal is especially interesting:

You can currently earn 3,000 Heathrow Rewards points by opening an account and spending £150 in one day.

This is a very generous offer – as good as it has ever got with Heathrow Rewards.

You can combine these two deals as long as you do your qualifying spend in the next 3 weeks or so.

Open a Heathrow Rewards account, spend £150 in a day and you will receive your 3,000 points.  Convert these to Virgin Flying Club and you will receive 4,500 miles!

The link to the 3,000 point sign-up offer is on the website here.  Whilst the deal is being promoted by Avios, there is no requirement to send the bonus points there – you are totally fine to transfer to Virgin and get the 50% bonus.

Remember that Heathrow Rewards accounts are restricted to one per household so you cannot open another for your partner at the same address.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (21)

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  • Matt Brown says:

    Been waiting for a Virgin bonus since I
    took advantage of the sign up offer last year.

  • Lee says:

    Only one rewards card per household

    Very annoying. Oh well.

  • riga says:

    IIRC, currency order are explicitly excluded in this offer.

  • riga says:

    Another OT –
    What do I do with Curve rewards (500 points) for a new friend referral?
    Can this be used for payment towards future purchase?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep select the rewards card and play £5 only at the til. No issue with most big retailers.

    • Alan says:

      Dead easy – 1 Curve point = 1p, just select Curve as payment card (obviously amount has to be same or less than points available).

      • John says:

        Only if the retailer is “online”… you could use Curve rewards to BOB on BA, or take the tube, with insufficient balance and the remainder will eventually get charged to one of the other cards.

        • Alan says:

          Wasn’t sure what happened in delayed approval setups. Certainly when using in store you either need to get them to do a till split, or make it for the same/less than the Rewards balance.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Didn’t curve move to online payments only now?

  • Alan says:

    So 0.67p/mile, not bad but only slightly less than the 0.75p I value them at – any higher bonuses in the recent past? If not I may just transfer them, hardly ever shop in LHR so I’m unlikely to use them there.

    • Liz says:

      I’m holding out for another 100% bonus on Avios – going to add something to our existing HR card on the way out next month to reset the date and then trigger another bonus on the way back with £150 spend on a different card.

      • Liz says:

        Now thinking I might transfer our 4000 pts to get 2000 pts bonus then transfer to IHG towards for Spire for next year. Then top up with 2 lots of erewards via Virgin to get a total of 10000 virgin /IHG qualifying pts.

  • Sebastian says:

    I need to go to Heathrow on Tuesday and in my previous experience the digital card has not worked. Can I pick up a paper card at the airport and then apply the offer or do I need to actually set up the account online first?

    • Rob says:

      You can register a paper card later – if you do it same day it will be done before transaction posts anyway.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      You would need to set up a new account and register with the Avios code

      You can have the points added retrospectively

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Wonder is it time to convert my 10k bonus from November over to VS now. Have been waiting. They probably won’t do a higher bonus anytime soon if they have this one will they?

    • Rob says:

      Probably not. They seem to be doing a different partner every couple of months.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    You can only transfer points to a Flying Club account in your own name. Requests for a transfer to another person’s Flying Club account are not permitted. Only one Virgin Atlantic redemption per day is permitted up to a maximum of 20 rewards equivalent to 5000 Flying Club miles. Please contact Customer service if you wish to redeem more than 5000 Flying Club miles. By submitting your request for Flying Club miles you are agreeing that Heathrow Rewards will pass your personal details to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club so that they can apply the miles to your account.

    Was going to do 10k. Looks like I need to call them.

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