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Bits: Virgin West Coast sale, last day for £50 Virgin Atlantic cashback

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News in brief:

Virgin West Coast sale now on

Virgin Trains has been running a special sale this week which continues until Tuesday.

Here are the headline fares:

  • Birmingham to London one way from only £5
  • London to Manchester one way from only £11
  • London to Liverpool one way from only £11
  • London to Glasgow one way from only £18

These are Standard Class but First Class sale fares are also available.  The key dates are:

  • Book by 11th July
  • Travel between 21st July – 8th December 2017

Full details are on the special Virgin Trains sale website here.

Don’t forget that Virgin West Coast is halving the Flying Club earning rate from 1st August so you may want to take Nectar points instead.

Virgin Trains

Get a £50 gift card with a Virgin Atlantic booking

Head for Points (and a few other websites) have teamed up with Virgin Atlantic to offer their readers a £50 gift card for every flight booking of £1,200 or more.  This deals ends TODAY, 9th July.

This offer happily coincides with the current Virgin Atlantic economy fare sale.  Note that whilst the sale continues until Monday, the £50 voucher deal ends today.

Virgin Atlantic is price-matching the current British Airways sale so, with the £50 gift card, Virgin should end up cheaper.

The £50 gift cards you can choose from are:

  • Amazon
  • Argos
  • Virgin Experience Days
  • Debenhams

It is a two stage process.  You must follow this link and fill out your name and email address before making your booking to receive the £50 gift card with any transaction over £1,200.

The offer cannot be combined with any other offers, vouchers, discount or promotion codes and is not applicable for flight and hotel bookings.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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

Virgin Rewards credit card

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 Amex Gold

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 (7)

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  • littlefish says:

    OT: Is Virgin Flying Club still offering the status match with BA Silver or Gold? The landing page on the Virgin website from the HfP article no longer mentions it.

  • Matt says:

    Very OT: I’m trying to book a Europcar £1 one-way deal, however, whenever I go through to the confirmation page, the price increases to £61. Has anyone else experienced this issue and know what’s causing it?

    • roberto says:

      £60 fee for droping off at different airport? Does seem counterintuitive to the offer…….

      • the real harry1 says:

        Matt – get on the blower or Chat – meant to be £1 incl airport drop off so must be a glitch

  • Andrew says:

    Don’t forget to check your company’s staff benefits website (if you have one) for Virgin Train offers…

    I’ve booked a few and have the standard 20% discount on top of the sale prices.

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