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30%-40% bonus when you buy Virgin miles or use ‘Miles Booster’ – is it a good deal?

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Virgin Atlantic has launched its semi-regular bonus for buying miles and for ‘Miles Booster’.

The first offer is an ‘up to 40%’ bonus when you buy Virgin Flying Club miles.

The link to buy, transfer or gift miles is here.

The closing date for the bonus is 30th November.

For the first time that I can remember, Virgin Atlantic is offering a staggered bonus:

  • 15% bonus when you buy 1,000 – 9,000 miles
  • 20% bonus when you buy 10,000 – 29,000 miles
  • 30% bonus when you buy 30,000 – 69,000 miles
  • 40% bonus when you buy 70,000 – 100,000 miles

Virgin now allows you buy to a whopping 100,000 miles per year at a cost of £1,515!

Virgin Atlantic buy miles bonus

Is this a good deal?

As usual with these cases, the answer is “not really, unless you want to do an immediate redemption”.

To buy 30,000 miles, for example, comes out at £450. With the 30% bonus, you would actually receive 39,000 miles. This works out at 1.15p. You would struggle to get good value if you bought all of the miles you needed for a redemption at that price but of course topping up an account is a different matter.

(Before buying, think if you have any American Express Membership Rewards points, Tesco Clubcard points, Heathrow Rewards points or hotel loyalty points which you could transfer instead. Remember that Amex points transfer instantly if your accounts are already linked.  A cheaper way of getting 20,000 Virgin miles would be to get the free – in Year 1 – American Express Gold charge card and transfer the 20,000 Amex points sign-up bonus.)

And, of course, until 14th December you receive 10,000 Virgin Flying Club with the FREE Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card and 25,000 Virgin Flying Club miles with the £160 Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card.  This is a better deal than buying the miles!  Full details of the offer are in this article.

The second offer, ‘Miles Booster’, IS a potentially very good deal.

Miles Booster only works if you have a Virgin Atlantic cash or reward flight booked or have taken one in the last six months. You are able to buy an additional 200% of the base miles you will earn from the flight for just 1p each.

Click here for details. If you have a New York economy flight booked, for example, you would earn 6,916 base miles from your trip.

Miles Booster allows you to buy up to 13,832 additional miles for just 1p each. Plus, with this promotion, you would get an extra 30% bonus as well.

If you maximised the Miles Booster option for a New York economy flight, you would be able to buy a total of 17,981 Virgin Flying Club miles for just £138.32. That is 0.77p each, which is well worth considering.

You can retrospectively buy miles via Miles Booster for any Virgin Atlantic flights taken in the last six months, cash or reward.  Yes, even previously flown or currently booked redemptions count.

Even if you don’t have any current bookings, you may be able to take advantage of this based on recent flights.  At this price, I would consider the Miles Booster deal if you know that you will be using them in the short or medium term.

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.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  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.)

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  1. RussellH says:

    Anyone noticed the letter from Alex Cruz in todays Sunday Times? “We don’t charge for choice’ (of seats).

    • FlyUpTop says:

      Tried to search it but wants me to sign up, could you copy paste Cruzs statement. Thx

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Have the Times in front of me and can’t see it.

    • Scallder says:


      In response to your report “British Airways customers charged up to £100 if they want adjoining seats” (News, last week), not only are couples flying with BA not “charged up to £100 if they want adjoining seats”, but the example given in the article took place on an entirely different airline.

      Our aim is to always give customers the greatest possible amount of choice, and seat selection is no exception. We provide the option for customers to select seats at the point of check-in for free, or to reserve a specific seat in advance. Nobody is “asked to pay extra” to sit with somebody else. In addition, our most frequent flyers (gold and silver Executive Club members) can select seats for free at the point of booking.

      Contrary to the impression given in the piece, we go into seating plans several days before departure precisely so that we can sit families together, and accommodate others such as travellers with a disability.

      After all, we have been in the business of bringing people together for nearly 100 years, not keeping them apart.
      Alex Cruz, chairman and chief executive, British Airways

      • Shoestring says:

        blocks speak

      • Lady London says:

        written by a marketing person. themes and weasel words.
        People are being charged for seats.
        It actually looks as if it was ghosted by someone that used to work for Ryanair. Except Ryanair wouldn;t be apologising.

  2. FlyUpTop says:

    Lounge Buddy states there are three BA business class lounges to choose from at LHR T5. I’ve entered our CW booking in LB but it states one of the three BA biz lounges we do not have access to?

    • Wrong I think. As a Silver previously I used North, South and T5B. Perhaps it skips the B lounge in case your flight leaves A gates. You can still use the B lounge, which I think is the nicest, just make sure if you do then leave from A you allow time and walk back to A through the tunnels, do not take the shuttle, you must walk.

      • Thanks, it was T5B I wanted and it originally stated no access to my flight entry using CW.
        Played around a bit & now states access allowed?

      • Yes, I forgot about having to walk back to A if your flight goes from there.

    • There are two BA lounges in the main terminal at T5 – Galleries South and Galleries North I think they are called. Plus the quieter one in the B terminal. So probably those?

  3. Graham Walsh says:

    OT In the PP lounge in T5 and it’s 1 year old. Very nice cakes

  4. Graham Walsh says:
    • To think Greece should be under EU Consumer Law too and be civilised …

    • Gold car have been useless for me in the past, making me wait an hour to get a car and the queue was only 4 people long, no business sense at all, the car rental market needs some disruption

    • It was a civil matter and they had no recourse asking security to help, they should have just taken their deposit money that is what the deposit money is of course for and probably mounted to more than £500. All this was of course a ploy to pocket some cash rather than put it through the card system even though they paid by debit card in the end.

      No Rhodes for me if people can act like this and be taken serious by the security personnel.

      • Shoestring says:

        All Rhodes lead to ruin

      • Jonathan says:

        Without excusing the actions of Goldcar in involving airport security, you have to question the decision making of the couple involved. You can’t just abandon a hire car at your hotel & head to the airport & board a flight without resolving things with the rental office. Firstly, if it was a flat battery it’s unlikely this came about when parked for 5 days without a light etc being left on.

        Secondly did they not consider bump or jump starting the car (not always possible with some fancy cars but fine for usual rental fodder) or finding a local mechanic as there must have been one closer than 2 1/2 hours away.

        Finally send one person to the airport in the cab & the other stay behind to wait for mechanic then claim for a new flight from travel insurance if necessary. If you’re car broke down on way to airport in UK you wouldn’t just leave it on the hard shoulder and get a taxi! All the above options would have cost far less than £600!

      • It would have been a civil matter in this country and no legitimate operator would dare use force to get money out of a customer but practices differ wildly from one country to the next. It’s part of the great EU myth that everyone operates to the same standards.

  5. OT: Cancelled a IHG Credit Card night and not had the voucher come back, anyone have any experience getting the voucher back? (Not expired)

  6. OT: Hilton double points promo ends 3rd Jan. Considering a stay 2nd to 5th Jan. Will I receive double points on:
    – All nights, as stay began before promo end?
    – Only 2nd and 3rd (calculated on nightly basis)?
    – No nights, as checking out after promo end?

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