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Use Virgin Flying Club miles for Clubhouse lounge spa treatments – and no more free haircuts

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Virgin Atlantic has launched a new way to pay for your spa treatments at the Clubhouse lounges in Heathrow Terminal 3 and Gatwick – by using your Flying Club miles.

Full details can be found on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

As the site says:

How about a facial to prepare your skin for altitude? Just 3,000 miles. A shave to get rid of that 5 o’clock shadow? Just 4,000 miles, including a hot towel, cleanse and moisturise. Or how about a gorgeous Thai foot massage for only 7,000 miles? There are lots of lovely ways to spend your miles at the Clubhouse Spa – just make sure you leave enough time before your flight to fully indulge!

Here’s the bad but not surprising news – it is a bad deal.

You are getting exactly 0.5p per Flying Club mile when you redeem them for spa treatments.

This is not great.  You should be targeting 1p when using them for a flight redemption.

Of course, if you earn all your miles from flights then you might be ambivalent about the value you get.  Anyone earning miles from Virgin credit card spend, Tesco Clubcard transfers, American Express Membership Rewards transfers etc is unlikely to accept such a low valuation.

Using Virgin Flying Club miles to pay for Clubhouse Lounge spa treatments

You can download menus for both the Heathrow and Gatwick spas at the same site.  One thing that jumped out is that men can no longer get a free haircut.  I’m not sure when this was dropped but I had one when I was in the Clubhouse last Summer.

Free treatments are now restricted to, at Heathrow:

Creative dry style female hair treatment (15 minutes)

Fringe trim (ladies only) (15 minutes)

Beard trim (15 minutes)

Neck tidy (men only) (15 minutes)

File and buff for hands and nails (15 minutes)

Express Radiant You facial (15 minutes)

Head massage (15 minutes)

You can take one free treatment, with additional ones charged at £16 or 3,000 miles.

PS.  Despite the picture above, Virgin removed the spa from the Clubhouse lounge at Heathrow a couple of years ago.  To be honest, I always found it a bit weird – despite how the picture looks, it wasn’t in a private room, just tucked around a corner.  The real reason I never tried it is that I never flew Virgin on any trip where I thought I’d need trunks ….

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Comments (13)

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  • thehornets says:

    Rob…the free men’s haircut was dropped in the first few days of January this year.

  • KenJohn says:

    I paid £10 for a haircut in June. No queues and got a free slot fairly quickly. I was desperate (too busy at work) and was happy with the results. It is a convinence not a benefit.

  • Crafty says:

    What will they do if you tell them you identify as female?

    I find these gender-specific rules / exclusions borderline offensive in a supposedly liberal and enlightened country.

  • ChrisC says:

    There will be some people who have a small balance of miles and this will be a good way of using them up rather than have them expire.

    It’s an option that can now be suggested to people who ask how they can use a few k miles.

    Looking at my balance after booking a UC redemption I’ll have enough to book a one way car and pay for an extra treatment because it’s unlikey I’ll ever earn enough VS miles in the future to get enough miles for another reward.

    Best value for the miles in some peoples books? certainly not but for me it’s a practical use for them.

    • Neil Spellings says:

      I think we’ll see more low value redemptions like these in the new Virgin loyalty scheme that launches next year, especially if FC miles become the universal reward currency across all Virgin brands, you’ll have hundreds of thousands of Virgin mobile/Media/Trains customers sitting on a handful of miles looking for ways of spending them.

      • ChrisC says:

        Indeed. But to use them in the ClubHouse you need to be flying Upper so the number of people using them for treatments will be low

  • Catalan says:

    I feel Delta and their passengers have caused this due to their sheer numbers. The Clublounge should have remained exclusively for the benefit of Virgin Atlantic customers. But I guess if your major shareholder says jump you say how high!

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Also when your major shareholder under cuts a PE flight by £300 on the same VS metal, why would people boom with VS directly. I even questioned it on the chat and their comment was sorry it’s a 3rd party offering it at their chosen price.

  • Alex W says:

    These 0.5p redemptions look like the shape of things to come. I can only hope that there are plenty of miles rich / value agnostic people out there who will use these redemptions and save the high value flight awards for us.

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