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500 Virgin miles for joining IHG Rewards Club – no stay required

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I know what you’re thinking ….. a month ago I ran an offer whereby you could get 1,000 Avios points just for joining Marriott Rewards – no stay required. And, a day later, Marriott pulled the offer.

(Don’t ask me if you will eventually get the points for that or not.  Marriott has told some people by email that the 1,000 Avios will be sent by the end of July, but that date is getting very close.)

IHG Rewards Club is now running a similar offer, although you only have 2 days left to take part.

IHG Rewards Club

If you join IHG Rewards Club via this special link (click), and do it before 31st July, you will receive 500 Virgin Flying Club miles.

To be honest, I doubt there are many HFP readers who are not already members, but if you’re not this is your chance.  Virgin Flying Club does not have household accounts, so there is no benefit is signing up additional family members unless they already have an active Virgin account.

There is also a ‘fast track to Gold’ offer.  If you complete three nights at IHG hotels before 30th October, you will be upgraded.  Gold would usually require 10 nights.

This isn’t hugely beneficial, since you can get free Gold status by getting the free IHG Rewards Club credit card – no spending required.  There are not many benefits to being Gold, although you will get a few hundred bonus points and usually a free drink or snack on every stay.

You can sign up, or discover more details, on this page of the IHG website.


HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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, one has a bonus of 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 (75)

  • VJ says:

    OT: Can some one share Tesco Credit Card : Refer A Friend 1000 points each form (I got one from 2013 don’t think I can use that any longer).

  • ANDREW MACKIE says:

    For the life of me could not get the IHG site to accept my btinternet.com address (which I use for Virgin) and had to enrol with my gmail.com address so fingers crossed as to whether the miles will ever show…….when IHG membership was set up I then tried going into my pesonal details and changing the address to the bt one but still no luck…..c’est la vie.

    • Liz says:

      Same with me – I can’t use my btinternet address either – says my email is invalid even though it is my main address.

  • VJ says:

    Enrol with IHG® Rewards Club and stay at any participating IHG Hotels worldwide between 00:01 local time on 01.06.17 and 23.59 local time on 31.07.17 to receive 500 Flying Club airmiles for registering as a new Member of IHG Rewards Club.

    Clearly says AND stay.

  • JohnT says:

    T&C do imply need to register AND stay before 31/7 as well. We’ll see. Also account has to stay open a year.

  • M HOCKENHULL says:

    Please can I k can I convert these flying points to Hilton honours pointd? I have not even got a virgn air account yet …

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Looks like Tesco is giving a 20% bonus when converting to Virgin miles: https://insideflyer.co.uk/2017/08/secret-unpublished-conversion-bonus-tesco-clubcard-virgin-atlantic/

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