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NEW PROMO: Get 7,000 to 25,000 sign-up miles with the Virgin Atlantic credit cards!

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

For a limited period:

you will earn an extra 2,000 miles (7,000 miles in total) on the FREE Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card 

you will get an extra 10,000 Flying Club miles (25,000 miles in total) if you take out the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card, which has a £160 fee

This offer runs until 31st October.  You can apply here.

You have two choices – 7,000 Flying Club miles for free on the ‘no fee’ card, or 25,000 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.

According to a conference speech I sat through last week, over 175,000 people have taken out a Virgin Atlantic Mastercard in the past 18 months, and over 5 billion miles have been issued!

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 7,000 miles:

  • 5,000 miles for the first purchase made on the card in the first 90 days
  • Plus another 2,000 miles when you apply on or before 31st October and you spend £1,000 on the card within 90 days of opening the account

This means that you are earning 7,000 Virgin Flying Club miles – which are worth around £70 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 25,000 miles:

  • 15,000 miles for the first purchase made on the card in the first 90 days
  • Plus another 10,000 miles when you apply on or before 31st October and you spend £3,000 on the card within 90 days of opening the account

With this deal, you are receiving 25,000 Virgin Flying Club miles, which are worth around £250 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 (7,000 miles for free vs 25,000 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.

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 a generous sign-up bonus, especially for the Reward+ card.  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 7,000 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. BlueHorizonuk says:

    OT – Strikes are OFF

    • Lebron 23 says:

      yeap very surprised rob hasn’t dumped an additional article in this afternoon – normally he is quick off the mark.

  2. BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA the pilots have decided to take the responsible course. In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.

    “BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear. I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.”

    However, they warned that they would announce further strikes if BA “refuse new negotiations”.

  3. TGLoyalty says:

    Is Rhys covering the Official Virgin A350 launch flight today?

    Surprised Instagram isn’t been used to cover

  4. I am not going to bite on this, 12k before for free, 30k paid. I will wait.

    I’ve sent 1000 MR to HH. I was targeted. 2000 HH have been deposited.

  5. Has anyone seen the price of 25k avios on eBay – £300! May aswell take out the plus credit card and flog the points and be done with it!

    • Has anyone ever bought avios on eBay? It sounds like a sure fire route to being royally ripped off and/or having your BAEC account shut down.

    • These cards are for Virgin Atlantic miles, not Avios…

  6. Is this the best signup bonus there has been for the Virgin Cards?

    • Shoestring says:

      12K/ 30K

    • No. We saw 30k once.

    • Joe bloggs says:

      The free card has regularly had a higher bonus than this. At Dec ’18 launch it was 10K, during Jan/Feb it was also 10K. In May and June it was 12K.

      So I woudn’t be rushing to get the free one, if you are only getting it for the bonus, given that it then bars you from getting another virgin card for 6 months after you cancel the card.

      Mind you, all those kickbacks sometimes mean that the ‘detail’ gets conveniently lost.

      Paid for card has often been at 25K since the card was launched, and has been at 30K, so unless there is a particular reason you want the card now, it’s likely 25K will be back, if not more.

  7. Has anyone managed to successfully churn the Virgin cards? I know some people have trouble getting the in the first place. I have a feeling if I cancel I will not get it back again. I currently have this problem with IHG black….

    • (After 6 months obviously)

    • If they have a stated policy of 6 months that does imply they will be happy with it.

      • In theory that is the case but that applies across all the virgin cards, but others with prefect credit history can’t always get the cards in the first place. Also not sure if they are willing to give the sign up bonus again.

        I have been with them a year and they haven’t earned any interest or foreign transaction fees from me but they have given me a few 10’s of thousands of points I am not sure if they would want me back!

        So interested to see if anyone else has any experience of it, as my year is up in a few days and I don’t think the £160 fee if worth it to get 0.5 miles per pound more then standard Amex, or 0.75 more then the free card that my wife has (I think £21K spend to break even vs Virgin free, or £16K vs Amex). Obviously that ignores the premium upgrade voucher or 2 for 1 voucher at £10K.

        • The 2 for 1 or premium upgrade also kicks in for £20K spend on the free card, so assuming a 20K spend if works out at
          Reward+
          £160 fee, £20K spend = 30K points, 2 for 1 voucher.
          Reward
          £0 fee, £20K spend = 15K points, 2 for 1 voucher.

          Difference is £160 = 15K points. So you are paying virtually a 1p a point (0.93p) which I don’t think is worth it given the fees virgin charge on redemptions.

  8. Isn’t it about time for a bonus for buying virgin flying club miles? Usually the offer up to 40% extra miles about twice a year, maybe october/november or so???

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