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.
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.
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.)