For many years, Virgin Flying Club has had a miles earning partnership with Texaco.
However, this offer appears to have ended. All references to Virgin Atlantic have been removed from the Texaco website and a reader who called Texaco to enquire was told that he could no longer make transfers.
The good news is that there are still other ways to earn Virgin Flying Club miles when buying petrol.
Texaco’s loyalty scheme is called Star Rewards. You earn 1 Star Rewards point for every 1 litre of fuel you purchase.
These could be transferred to Virgin Flying Club at the rate of 1:1, in multiples of 1,000.
Was this a good deal? It was OK, but not outstanding. For comparison, 1,000 Star Rewards points will also get you a £10 Texaco, Argos or M&S voucher. You were therefore effectively paying 1p per Virgin mile, so you needed to value them at more than this for it to be worthwhile.
The good news is that the other routes of earning Flying Club miles from petrol are also more lucrative.
Texaco Star Rewards is beaten by the Tesco petrol earning options.
Via Texaco, you are effectively getting 1 Virgin mile for every £1.30 spent on petrol (the average price of 1 litre of unleaded). Let’s compare that with the various ways of earning Clubcard points on petrol:
1.25 Virgin miles per £1 spent at a Tesco-branded filling station (ie 1 Clubcard point per £2 spent, based on swiping a normal Clubcard and not asking for your Tesco credit or debit card to be treated as a Clubcard)
0.96 Virgin miles per £1 spent at any participating Esso filling station which does NOT have a Tesco convenience store attached (technically 1 Clubcard point for every 2 litres of fuel purchased, based on £1.30 per litre)
0.83 Virgin miles per £1 spent at an Esso filling station which has a Tesco convenience store attached (1 Clubcard point per £3 spent). Full details of the Esso earning rates are here.
If you have a Tesco Mastercard or Tesco debit card, and use this as a Clubcard when paying at a Tesco garage, you earn even more. It works out at 2.5 Virgin Flying Club miles per £1 spent. This article explains how you get bonus points for buying petrol with a Tesco payment card.
And all of this ignores the fact that Texaco points can only be converted in chunks of 1,000 litres of petrol, which is a lot of trips to the garage. Using your Texaco points for retail gift vouchers only requires 500 points.
The bottom line is that, if you want to earn Virgin Flying Club from petrol, you were always better off ignoring the ‘official’ Texaco partnership and buying your fuel at Tesco or Esso instead. The end of the official partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Texaco Star Points should not be a major concern.
How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles. That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.
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