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

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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 ….

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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Comments

  1. 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.

    • 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!

  2. 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…

  3. 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 .

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