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Take advantage of the Virgin Hotels San Francisco launch offer

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The new Virgin Hotels chain is gearing up to open in San Francisco next month, following the successful launch of the first property in Chicago three years ago.  It is a new-build property at 250 Fourth Street, South of Market.

If you are a Virgin Flying Club member you can get special deals on stays between 1st February and 31st May:

Virgin Hotels San Francisco launch offer

All Flying Club members will earn 2,000 miles per stay, double the usual rate

Silver Flying Club members will receive a free upgrade (subject to availability at check-in)

Gold Flying Club members will receive a free upgrade (subject to availability at check-in) and free breakfast

You can enter your Flying Club number during the booking process on the Virgin Hotels website.

The Virgin Flying Club page which explains the benefits you get at Virgin Hotels is here.  You cannot, at present, redeem miles for free nights at Virgin Hotels.

Next up will be properties in Dallas and New York.  The first site outside the US will be Edinburgh where Virgin Hotels is converting the historic India Buildings in the Old Town.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 (243)

  • Dillo says:

    O/T regarding Virgin Rewards credit card 241 benefit.
    I just called Virgin asking whether I could use flying club miles for 3 reward tickets and use the 241 for a fourth, rep said I needed to have one cash ticket.

    However, I just found this on the T&C page:
    “A companion reward ticket in Economy. Spend your miles for a reward booking in Economy and take one companion with you in the same cabin for no additional miles.”

    Is the rep wrong?

    • Dillo says:

      Oh and I need 60 tier points to bump to Silver (so I can do the same with premium), any ideas how I can get there without flying (Unless it’s SAS short haul to copenhagen…)

  • David P says:

    OT but Marriott-related bits:

    My Marriott ’29 ways to stay’ points posted a few weeks ago but these don’t seem to have reset the expiry date for my points. Was there ever a definitive answer to the question of whether these points counted as eligible activity or not?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      They don’t count as qualifying activity. Credit card spend or a stay does.

  • Roger says:


    Is it safe to assume a Curve article coming tomorrow morning?
    I am tempted to apply for metal but not until I see full analysis.

    As others posted, don’t need insurance or lounge benefits, so in two minds.

  • Dillo says:

    There’s no timetable, as it’s in beta right now. The free blue curve will have a fee for top up of Amex wallet 0.65%, but black and metal will have free top up (black will have a cap, but metal won’t, subject to fair use)

  • KBuffett says:

    OT – What is the best sign up bonus for a company AMEX and can I self refer?

    • Rob says:

      None, if you already have a personal Membership Rewards earning Amex. Otherwise it is 45k for Plat.

  • Leo says:

    Can I just keep my old blue card (which is physically black) and pay the Amex 0.65% fee when putting my tax through to get my BAPP 241? I know Anna has asked something similar twice and no-one has got back to her.

  • Berneslai says:

    OT: I need to get my hands on 40k Marriott points to complete a reward booking. What’s the best card to get (if any) for reward points if I already have Amex Gold and Platinum and have held Amex SPG in the last six months?

    • Steve says:

      Amex MR is not the optimal way to get Marriott points but if you need the points desperately – I assume you have reached your 90k referral limit this year?

      Also consider asking partner/family member/very good friend to take out a SPG amex, which you use to spend (and pay back your trusting person) and transfer the sign up spend points to you.

      • berneslai says:

        Thanks. I wasn’t sure if Marriott points could be transferred (I know Hilton points can) between members.

        What’s another way of earning Marriott points? This is for a booking in August that I’ve already secured at 100k points for 2 nights (I already have 60k points). I don’t stay often enough at a Marriott to get 40k through nights and Megabonuses.

        • Alex W says:

          Sorry is this a trick question? August is more than 6 months away so you should be able to refer yourself for the SPG Amex again.

          I’m not aware of any other way to get 40k points quickly except buying them, but you would probably be better off doing 1 night redemption and 1 night paid.

        • Steve says:

          Alex W, thats cutting it fine/impossible, 6 months from now is 25th July. Allow a day or two for card to be processed, then you need to wait a months statement to get points to move from amex to Marriott you are well into August already and IIRC Marriott want the balance of points a week/two before check in

        • Steve says:

          Ignore me! I though SPG was currently held

    • Alex W says:

      I think your only option is via referrals. If you could refer someone from plat to SPG and get them to spend £1k and transfer the Marriott points to you, that would get you 63k Marriott points I think.
      Alternatively 2 X referrals from plat to any other card would get you 54k Marriott.

      • berneslai says:

        Thanks. Transferring Marriott points between members was a new one on me.

  • Mr Dee says:

    People mentioning grandfathered black Curve card, has it been confirmed that you will get to keep the black card without paying a monthly fee or any other benefit?

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