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How two million Virgin Flying Club miles can get you a trip to space on Virgin Galactic

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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 ….

HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

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):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(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.)

Comments (59)

  • Joseph Heenan says:

    O/T I’d not seen any news/announcement that the re-done KLM Crown Lounge in AMS, number 52 (non-Schengen), is now finally open. Apparently it’s not finished yet (only about half open) but is a nice surprise and a good upgrade over the old lounge. There’s no longer any obvious signs of construction.

    Better food, nice design, several different styles of seating, plenty of space – though fewer charging/power points than I might expect in a brand new lounge (the central seated area didn’t have any at all that I could see).

    A few things not working (it seems there’s meant to be some fancy new self-serve machines for booking a shower) and a sign posted warning that the wait time for a shower is over 3 hours…!

    It’s large already, split over two floors (you could easily not notice the upstairs exists). Upstairs has a large bar area and an outdoor terrace.

    The views aren’t brilliant – from downstairs all you can really see is some kind of very long very oddly routed air bridge, I presume that must surely be something that will be removed in due course. From upstairs you can see a bit more (although not with today’s fog).

    You definitely won’t miss an announcement (at least not in the part of the lounge I was sat in); think there’s some fine tuning of the volume to still be done.

    What almost completely threw me is that the entrance is now at the normal concourse floor level – a big improvement over navigating the upstairs corridors!

  • Liz says:

    OT Small Shop complete for 2018 – 85 individual transactions giving me back £425 + £225 on other Amex offers with 3 more BP fill ups to do and a bit more gift card shopping at Morrison’s. Stocked up on a few nice whiskies and wines (hubby’s), greetings cards for the whole year and stamps, cheese vouchers, gifts and a few nice lunches out! Been a good year – these savings will go in to the travel pot for 2019!

    • Alan says:

      Wow, that must be a winning amount, Liz!! I’m up to £300 through Morrisons so far but only £20 on S/S!

      • Liz says:

        I’ve only had about £40 back from Morrison’s so we are the other way round from you!

        • Liz says:

          We used Margiotta in Edinburgh last week – great wee shop – will go back next year.

        • Peter K says:

          Shop small is rubbish where I am. Nothing worth going to really within 30 mins drive. Or indeed near where I work. I’ve gained £10 total, and that was via online chat as the place on the map didn’t take amex.

        • Anna says:

          Nothing near us either except 2/3 restaurants I wouldn’t go to anyway!

    • Russ says:

      Well done Liz!

    • BJ says:

      Incredible 🙂 In the end I couldn’t even be bothered with one Shop Small transaction. Today I also passed on £25 off £170 of giftcards at MrT. Not sure if it’s depression, too cold or what. Perhaps HFP needs to run some refresher courses or morale-boosting events.

      • Shoestring says:

        Keep your pecker up, BJ! 🙂

        • Mr Dee says:


        • BJ says:

          I blame Xmas Saver…been in the doldruns since my second effort failed miserably, shop small simply lacks the challenge or excitement. On the plus side it looks like I have now triggered my Lloyds voucher in just over a week courtesy of Curve without fees so that was something. My statement out today and no nasty surprises.

        • Shoestring says:

          There’s something good around the corner – always is! Next time an IB 90K turns up, don’t shrug your shoulders – as we both did first of all – only I ate humble pie and changed tack lol

          Sure to be a decent opp sometime soon.

      • Anna says:

        Sounds like you need a holiday!

        • Rob says:

          I haven’t gone out of my way to trigger Shop Small but I’ve managed four £5 credits just be ensuring I used an Amex at any independent shop I visited.

        • BJ says:

          Even on holiday I read HFP first thing every morning, and I doubt I’m alone 🙂 I think it’s an element of complacency driven by sufficient miles to see me through 2021 and an abundance of cheap cash flights that ķeeps the pressure off..

      • John says:

        I also got £0 and the wife got £5, mainly because we were in Asia and Australia throughout November, however I didn’t find anywhere I wanted to spend at anyway and the wife got dragged to lunch by a HFPer at a restaurant where she was forced to “overspend” by much more than the £5 saving

    • Graham Walsh says:

      0 for me. Wasn’t in need of anything. The local bakery/deli was the closest thing I got to using it but the kids didn’t want to go out on a rainy Saturday.

      • EwanG says:

        @BJ – you should have bought yourself some of that fine Colombian choc – would have reinvigorated you. I took a small risk gamble by purchasing at their outlet in Stockbridge which credited even though it was not on the map – low risk considering the Bruntsfield shop has been included for years!
        SS has been fairly good for me. Stocked up for the year ahead and just two transactions to be chased up – one where the retailer listed did not take AmEx, the other where I suspect the credit won’t post (the only missing SS email out of about 15 transactions)

    • Kevin C says:

      Very impressive.
      I’ve saved more like £70 to £80. The last one today was at Hobgoblin Music buying a ukulele. I think they’ve tracked better this year.

    • Will says:

      Managed 110 myself for £550 saving. have 3 local restaurants I use a lot and an independent clothes shop all within walking distance of where I live on it that I got 23 cards each through.

  • Rash says:

    OT: I’ve an Amex Plat and requested Hilton Gold status even though I already had Gold status this year. The app states I have X number of stays to retain Gold for next year. Does this mean that the Amex Plat benefit has not worked?


  • Matt says:

    Visited the Cathay business class lounge Heathrow T3 this afternoon. Very nice indeed. Beats galleries hands down and spa and nap rooms aside, I don’t think that CCR is that far ahead.

    • John says:

      That’s nice to hear, because everyone is complaining that it’s suffered another decline in quality as Cathay switched the lounge operator to a lower cost supplier at the start of the month!

  • ankomonkey says:

    I wonder if any HfP readers will be on Virgin Galactic. Only someone with a Centurion card and with time on their hands, maybe a retiree…

  • Lee says:

    I see Curve have changed there limits for both cards for atm abroad its now £400 per month on black card anything else is 2% on top its was £15000 per year in september .