You may have heard in the news last week that Virgin Galactic finally had a successful flight to the edge of space. On Thursday Virgin Galactic’s vehicle reached a height of 51 miles, one mile higher than NASA’s definition of boundary of space.
Virgin Galactic will continue doing test flights for some time, but will offer commercial flights in the near future. 600 people have already paid $250,000 each to be the first to go on a sightseeing trip to space.
If you consider $250,000 too much, your miles might help you get closer to a flight. As you can see on this Virgin Atlantic page, you can use your Virgin Flying Club miles for a cash discount or potentially even win a full ticket.
200,000 Virgin Atlantic miles will get you a 10% discount on a standard fare for a sub-orbital flight – this is a surprisingly good deal (as these things go) since you are saving $25,000 for spending 200,000 miles, meaning a value of 12.5 cents per mile
2,000,000 Virgin Atlantic miles will get you a free trip with Virgin Galactic. Only ONE Virgin Flying Club member will be allowed to redeem this deal. You need to ring Flying Club to register your interest and, once commercial flights are bookable, Flying Club will randomly pick a winner. This offer is only available to members who have earned two million miles from Virgin Atlantic flights, not from partner activity.
What we don’t know is how many miles you can earn when paying full price ….
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 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.
(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.)