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FINAL TWO WEEKS: Get 5,000 to 10,000 EXTRA sign-up miles with the Virgin Atlantic credit cards!

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EDIT:  This offer closed on 14th December 2018.  If you follow the links below you will see the standard bonuses which are still available.  These are 5,000 miles on the free card and 15,000 miles on the premium card.

Virgin Atlantic is currently running an impressive special offer for its new Virgin Money-issued Reward and Reward+ credit cards.

There are under two weeks left to take part so I wanted to give it another push today in case you haven’t got around to it yet.

For the next 11 days:

you will earn an extra 5,000 miles (10,000 miles in total) on the FREE Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card 

you will get an extra 10,000 Flying Club miles (25,000 miles in total) if you take out the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card, which has a £160 fee

This offer runs until 14th December 2018.  You can apply here.

It is worth noting that Virgin Money lets existing Virgin Atlantic cardholders who already have one of the two cards apply for the other one – as long as it was six months ago.  If you got one of the cards when they launched back in April, you should be successful if you now apply for the other.

Virgin Flying Club Reward credit card extra bonus

Here are the details:

The free card:

The free Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card is a Mastercard which earns 0.75 miles per £1 spent.  The representative APR is 22.9% variable.

New sign-ups to the Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card will be able to earn up to 10,000 miles:

  • 5,000 miles for the first purchase made on the card in the first 90 days
  • Plus another 5,000 miles when you apply on or before 14th December 2018 and £1,000 is spent on the card within 90 days of opening the account

This means that you are earning 10,000 Virgin Flying Club miles – which are worth around £100 if redeemed for long-haul premium flights – for free.

Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card

The paid card:

The £160 Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card is a Mastercard which earns 1.5 miles per £1 spent.  The representative APR is 63.9% variable including the £160 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit The interest rate on purchases is 22.9% variable.

If you take out the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card you will be able to earn up to 25,000 miles:

  • 15,000 miles for the first purchase made on the card in the first 90 days
  • Plus another 10,000 miles when you apply on or before 14 December 2018 and £1,500 is spent on the card within 90 days of opening the account

With this deal, you are receiving – when you factor in the annual fee, which is not refundable – 25,000 Virgin Flying Club miles, which are worth around £250 if redeemed for long-haul premium flights, for £160.

Virgin Reward Plus credit card extra bonus

The Reward+ card remains the better deal in my view because, whilst the sign-up deals are roughly equal (10,000 miles for free vs 25,000 miles for £160), once you have the Reward+ card you are earning the superior 1.5 miles per £1 whenever you shop.  You also trigger the upgrade and companion vouchers more quickly

Whilst you can hold both cards at once and get a bonus on each, Virgin Money wants a six month gap between applications.  If you applied for one of these cards back in April when they launched, you should be able to apply for the other one whilst this bonus is running.

How do the upgrade and companion vouchers work?

Each year you can earn a special extra reward.  Your reward is triggered IMMEDIATELY upon hitting the spending target.  The target is £20,000 in a card year for the free Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card and £10,000 in a card year for the £160 Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card.

Unlike the British Airways American Express cards, the rewards vary depending on your tier in the Virgin Flying Club scheme.  If you have elite status, you get a better reward.

This is what you can pick from:

All Flying Club members:

A 2-4-1 voucher, valid for two years, for a Virgin Flying Club redemption in Economy, or

A return upgrade to Premium when you book an Economy reward flight (requires reward availability in Premium)

Flying Club members with Silver status can choose from:

A 2-4-1 voucher, valid for two years, for a Virgin Flying Club redemption in Premium or Economy, or

A Virgin Clubhouse lounge pass for Heathrow or Gatwick (requires a same-day Virgin Atlantic flight), or

A return upgrade to Premium when you book an Economy reward flight (requires reward availability in Premium)

Flying Club members with Gold status can choose from:

A 2-4-1 voucher, valid for two years, for a Virgin Flying Club redemption in Upper Class, Premium or Economy

TWO Virgin Clubhouse lounge passes for Heathrow or Gatwick (require same-day Virgin Atlantic flights)

A return upgrade to Premium when you book an Economy reward flight (requires reward availability in Premium)

Taxes and charges are due on ‘free’ 241 seats in the same way as the British Airways American Express 241 vouchers.  Vouchers are valid for two years and you must fly the outbound leg of your trip before the expiry date.

Some tips on applying

Do NOT use the ‘pre-approval checker’ on the Virgin Money website.  It is a joke.  It is designed for Virgin Money’s mass-market cards and is likely to reject you for being too wealthy and so unlikely to pay interest.  Apply directly.

If your full application is rejected, this can often be overturned if you appeal in writing.  Write to Virgin Money at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4PL with a couple of paragraphs expressing your dismay, referencing your Virgin Atlantic status and/or that you had the old MBNA credit cards, and outlining your income and lack of non-mortgage debts.  They will reconsider and you will normally end up being successful.

Conclusion

This is an excellent sign-up bonus.  If you haven’t taken out one of the new Virgin Atlantic credit cards yet, I doubt you will see a better deal than this.  I genuinely don’t know how Virgin Money / Virgin Atlantic can afford this in the world of 0.3% interchange fees, and you should take advantage before they realise!

The £160 Reward+ card is the better overall package because of the high earning rate and the bonus triggered at just £10,000.

However, even if the Reward+ card is not for you, EVERY Head for Points reader should think about picking up a cheeky 10,000 Virgin Flying Club miles by getting the free Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card and spending £1,000 within 90 days.

You can apply for either of the new Virgin Atlantic credit cards via this link.  There are just 11 days left if you want to get the extra bonus miles.

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

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Comments

  1. Hilary Hughes says:

    I signed up for the VA card last month for a quick 10000 points. Got an email from them this morning reminding me of my bonus offer of , “5,000 miles when you make your first card purchase (within the first 90 days).
    2,000 miles a month in the first 3 months your account is open, when you spend a minimum of £500 each month on your card.” So now they’ve left me no knowing what my spend pattern needs to be, £500/month for 3 months or £1k within 3 months.

    • I got the same email too, I’ve been trying to seek clarification since! I’ve hit the spend target for what I thought was 10,000 points and reverted spend back to the + card, but now I’m not sure if I need to use this one for another 2 months… HELP!

  2. Charlie says:

    I called up recently to ask about getting the premium card as I already hold the free card, they told me that I could only have a single upgrade voucher across both cards in a year.
    Rob, you said above you could get two vouchers, are you sure of this?

    • This was what VA told me back in April at launch. Was the person wrong? Has there been a change? No idea, unfortunately.

  3. David Finn says:

    Do Virgin points count towards IHG status ? I am 6,700 points short of achieving Spire Elite status with IHG and to trigger the 25k Spire Elite bonus.

    • Not any more.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Not any more. IHG credit card is your only way other than staying and possibly too late for this year.

      • guesswho2000 says:

        And it has to be IHG credit card spend, the signup bonuses haven’t counted for a while now.

    • I think the transfer of points no longer count as elite EQ.

    • Peter K says:

      It’s an expensive way to do it but you could do a night at a hotel with a 5000 bonus points package as they *do* count towards elite status. You’d have to work out of that makes sense for you with the 25k spire points or not.

      • guesswho2000 says:

        Op should check around Xmas, or between Xmas/NY – I hit an accelerate target a few years back on £36 Crowne Plaza nights, they were offloading rooms dirt cheap in the quiet period.

  4. Sally Allen says:

    I got the premium card after only holding the fee free card for less than 5months – so well worth applying as the 6 month rule seems to flexible.

    • Yep I switched after 2-3 months – was a major hassle though. Kept most of my credit limit. On the upside they gave me the bonus offer for existing MBNA customers that they’d given me (at a lower level) on the free card too!

  5. I love the comment – “they will probably reject you for being too wealthy”

  6. How long does it take for Flying Club miles from Virgin rail journeys to post?

    • Anything from 1 day to never in my experience!

      Adavsnce tickets usually quick, but you have to wait if they are open/standard tickets

      • Was an open return, could be a month or later then!

        Would you happen to know the process for chasing them up if nothing happens, do you go to the rail company or to Flying Club with booking confirmations etc?

  7. Do we know if a current supplementary cardholder will receive the sign up bonus if they apply in their own right?

  8. Do virgin money cards work with curve for financial service payments?

  9. Does anyone know if this increased virgin sign up bonus works in addition to the offer for former MBNA card holders? (ie 25 k signup (instead of 15k) + 6k points for the first 3 months)

  10. How can I track my earned miles and bonuses?
    Internet Banking seems pretty primitive. It doesn’t show current earned points?

  11. OT Has anyone received their Marriott points for playing 29 ways to stay yet? Do i need to chase them?

  12. Living in Glasgow so having no access to regular Virgin flights it’s difficult to get status, therefore difficult to acheive the upper class redemption, therefore still better to be with BA AMEX and invested in Avios.

    I’d love to give another franchise a spin, but the fact remains no other loyalty scheme comes close to BA in acheiving that first class redemption.

  13. This is quite a dilemma for me. I don’t normally believe in paying for credit cards, but in the case of IHG the paid for one makes sense as it gives you platinum status as well as double points. For virgin you don’t get any benefit like this. But there’s no way I’d get 20k spend in a year, so the paid one only needs 10. However the reward is not that great unless you have gold status which I do not. I currently have silver but can’t see that staying unless the KLM merger allows TP on European hops. And 140 a year is quite steep.

  14. Nigel Williams says:

    I wonder if as a holder of the free card, they would let me “upgrade” to the paid card and get the improved offer…

    • It was quite a hassle when I did, but possible. Took a few weeks though and required fresh application and quite a few calls to customer services!

  15. If you cancel the paid for card after the 3 months/receiving the points, do you get a pro-rata refund on the £160?

    Cheers!

  16. HILARY HUGHES says:

    I’ve had a had a reply from virgin money. They’ve confirmed I’ll get 5000 Bonus Miles with purchase made in first 90 days and 2000 miles for 3 months for £500 retail spend per month. This is neither what was advertised on the date I applied nor what is being shown on this site.

    • This is a mistake. VS is sending letters like this to lots of people. I have escalated it with VA.

      • Any update on this as I too had the same email and have been told in effect I get the 10k for passing £1K spend and then if I spend £500 pm for 3 months I will get another 6k points??

  17. Is decision usually instant on application?

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