Following changes last year, the rate is now:
- 2 Nectar points per £1 spent, or
- 1 Virgin Flying Club mile per £1 spent
Since you should be able to get more than 1p from your miles, I was generally keener on crediting to Virgin Flying Club.
A reader has pointed out a quirk in the system, however.
If you take Nectar points, you get points for the entire value of the ticket you book, even if some of the travel is on another train operator
If you take Virgin Flying Club miles, you earn NOTHING if any part of your journey is on another train operator
The first point is well known and publicised on the Virgin Trains website. The second point is not. Our reader had been trying to retroclaim points from Virgin Flying Club when they came clean about this rule.
Make sure that you choose Nectar points as your reward if you are booking Virgin Trains West Coast and using a mix of train operators.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 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 15,000 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:
(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.)