BEST BONUS EVER: Get 12,000 to 30,000 sign-up miles with the Virgin Atlantic credit cards!

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Virgin Atlantic has brought back an impressive special offer for its new Virgin Money-issued Reward and Reward+ credit cards.

This is the biggest bonus that Virgin Atlantic has EVER run on these cards.  If you have not already applied then this is the ideal time to jump in.

For a limited period:

you will earn an extra 7,000 miles (12,000 miles in total) on the FREE Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card 

you will get an extra 15,000 Flying Club miles (30,000 miles in total) if you take out the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card, which has a £160 fee

This offer runs until 30th June.  You can apply here.

You have two choices – 12,000 Flying Club miles for free on the ‘no fee’ card, or 30,000 Flying Club miles for £160 on the paid card, plus an exceptionally high earning rate for the next 12 months.  It is up to you.

If this article sounds familiar it is because it is based on the one I used when this offer last ran!

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 12,000 miles:

  • 5,000 miles for the first purchase made on the card in the first 90 days
  • Plus another 7,000 miles when you apply on or before 30th June and you spend £1,000 on the card within 90 days of opening the account

This means that you are earning 12,000 Virgin Flying Club miles – which are worth around £120 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 30,000 miles:

  • 15,000 miles for the first purchase made on the card in the first 90 days
  • Plus another 15,000 miles when you apply on or before 30th June and you spend £3,000 on the card within 90 days of opening the account

With this deal, you are receiving 30,000 Virgin Flying Club miles, which are worth around £300 if redeemed for long-haul premium flights.

Virgin Reward Plus credit card extra bonus

The Reward+ card remains the better deal in my view.  Whilst the sign-up deals are roughly equal (12,000 miles for free vs 30,000 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

In terms of eligibility, the application form asks you to confirm:

“I am not an existing Virgin Atlantic Credit Card customer and I have not closed another credit card issued by Virgin Money in the last 6 months.”

This implies that you CAN apply again if you previously closed one of the Virgin Atlantic cards over six months ago, but that you cannot apply for a 2nd card if you already have one.  This is tucked away in the small print, however, and some readers have already been accepted for another card despite this.  Up to you if you want to try ….. if you are accepted, you WILL get the bonus.

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 such a bonus 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 long-term spending 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 12,000 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.

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. Could my other half open an credit card and get the bonus miles on his account but then when we book the flight can we use his miles even if he is not going?

    • There are no written rules but various examples where, yes, the Virgin call centre allows this as long as he is on the call to authorise it.

  2. Mr Dee says:

    Not worth keeping after year 1

  3. I literally got my card before this (some time last week).
    Do you know when exactly this new bonus announcement came out, and if they are flexible on letting me join in on the extra 1k spend bonus?

  4. Brian says:

    Instant reject…

    Applying this card seems to be harder than applying for an Amex which is in a way mind blowing.

    • Brian Leung says:

      Same. Meanwhile AMEX just approves me…..and regularly increases my limits to 10K+……..

      • Qwerty Bertie says:

        Applications are funny beasts. I was accepted for the paid Virgin card in Oct 18 on my first attempt with a £15k limit, already having well over £50k on five other credit cards plus a platinum charge card, yet I was rejected for a Barclays current account in about Jan 18…for the fourth time I think, going back to 2015.

        We all seem to have something about us that fits some profiles but not others. A couple of weeks ago the IHG Creation eligibility checker indicated acceptance for their free card but rejection for the premium one, citing that they were concerned I would not be able to afford my repayments…and that was after asking me in the checker to confirm I hadn’t made a mistake when entering my net income as it was over a threshold that triggers said check.

  5. Spruce says:

    Any idea if the Virgin cards still treat cash withdrawals via Curve as purchases as opposed to cash advance?

    Not something I’d planned to do regularly but if one is ‘close’ to a target, etc….

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Purchase for me. Same as topping up Revolut and and the like.

  6. With the plus card, you get 1.5 miles per £1, but is that only for 12 months?

    The article states :

    plus an exceptionally high earning rate for the next 12 months. It is up to you.

    If so, I can’t seem to find this being mentioned on virgins site?

    • Genghis says:

      It applies forever, so long as you continue to pay the card fee of £160. Point being that the card fee “unlocks” high ongoing points earning.

    • What I meant is that you have paid the fee for the year so you have 12 months to benefit from 1.5 per £1 before you need to decide whether you renew.

  7. Leigh Ashton says:

    does anyone know if my partner can apply for a card account in her own name even though she is a supplementary cardholder on my own card? (and of course, will she get the bonus?)

  8. stevenhp1987 says:

    The reward+ also comes with Boingo membership which is a nice perk. It’s a WiFi service allowing free WiFi via their hotspots if you are a member.

    I’m currently sat on an American Airlines flight using the WiFi with my Boingo membership provided by my Virgin Reward+ card.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Boingo took over my wife’s android in the US and connected via her mobile signal and not Wi-fi, fortunately £20 cap kicked in. It only ever connected elsewhere where the Wi-fi was free anyway. A useless product in my view

  9. Bruceylegs says:

    Picking up Rob’s final point, what would be the best conversion option for those cheeky 12,000 points? IHG?

  10. Martin says:

    I’m going to apply to this card. Any referral bonus I can help anyone here with?

    • No referral deal, we get a few quid off Virgin Money if you use our link. Thanks.

  11. Alan says:

    Have we had confirmation yet whether you do qualify for the bonus if you hold the other Virgin card? I currently own the free card but would go over to the paid card if I were eligible for the bonus. Not financially viable (for me) without it though.

    • Alan says:

      I notice that the article still says no but I would have thought with all the free advertising Rob is giving this card he might have been able to talk to his contacts at Virgin to get actual confirmation of the situation

    • roberto says:

      The article says “if you are accepted, you WILL get the bonus” despite already holding the other card. That sounds pretty definitive to me.

      • Alan says:

        Fair enough. I was looking at the bit before that to be honest but that seems fairly definitive. Surprised that people have already made the required spend for the extra bonus and already received it.

        Would have been nice to get an official statement from Virgin on it.

        • roberto says:

          Indeed ,
          In Rob we trust….

        • Yorkieflyer says:

          The enhanced offer runs till the end of June so Mrs Yorkieflyer, already has free card, will be sitting on the fence for a while yet to see whether the bonus is paid or the t & s’s change

      • My guess, not VM policy …

        • Alan says:

          So, in theory, you shouldn’t get the bonus if you hold the other card?

          • During application there is now a note to that effect.

          • Alan says:

            Yes, that’s what is bothering me! I wonder whether it is deliberate VM policy or if they haven’t thought this through properly? When I looked at getting a + card in October I was told I could have one and get the bonus but this new clause is a real pain. Mind you, VM’s twitter people have assured me that I would get the bonus this time too but they are a bunch of muppets so I wouldn’t really trust them to be correct.

            Makes me wonder whether I wouldn’t be better off just cancelling my free card for 6 months (which is not good business on VMs part) and switching my spend somewhere else during that period. Hmmmm.

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