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

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There are now only a few days left to take advantage of the special offer for the Virgin Money-issued Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 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, but in reality you need to apply on 30th as historically it is pulled very early on the last day.  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 recent conference speech I attended, 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.  You need to apply by Wednesday or, at the very latest, before 9am on Thursday 31st.

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. The voucher is great for upgrading 2 X one way tickets to PE from HKG – LHR – circa £34 fees per person. Bargain.

  2. If you spend £20k on the free card and £10k on the + card do you get 2 vouchers?

    • Your membership year remains unchanged, so not possible.

    • No. Although better strategy if you spend over £25k PA would be to spend £10k for the voucher on the BAPP then £15k on the PRGCC for the 10k MR bonus. You’d earn around 15k Avios from the BAPP and 25k MR in the Gold card through spend (more if some of that spend is foreign or airline) not including any bonuses you might be eligible for. One voucher and 40k Avios every year is not bad going.

      • Edit: thought you were talking about the British Airways card. Same theory applies though.

  3. Alejandro says:

    OT: Anyone has Wheely promo code? Thanks

  4. OT but hopefully someone will have some insight. I need some Hilton Honors points to book a stay in Hawaii. We already have Amex Golds and Platinums, plus the free VA MasterCard. Aside from these and hotel stays, are there any other ways to earn them?

    Otherwise, the Hilton 100% bonus buying points seems tempting. Are there any cons to this? A stay that would normally be over $5000 paying cash would work out at around $1600 if I were to buy points.

    • Seems a no brainer to buy the points based on that pricing. Out of curiosity which hotel is that and for how long? We are debating 6 or 7 nights there next August.

      • Thanks Matt. It’s at the Grand Wailea on Maui, two rooms for two nights so not cheap. Cash prices have since halved for some reason making it around £2000 for the two rooms for two nights, so I suppose buying the points would still mean nearly half price in savings.

        We’ve been looking around for a while and it seems that for a resort with good facilities, you’ll end up paying an arm and a leg in Hawaii, especially for a family of 5! Think we’ve settled on the Grand Wailea in Maui for a few nights and then a week on Oahu.

      • Oh, and if it helps, we booked reward flights with BAEC from LAX to Maui/ Honolulu for 13,500 per person. Saved us a lot of points compared to the 20,000 required with Delta or Hawaiian.

  5. I’m new to Virgin so can I ask more experienced hands what’s redemption availability like to Florida in the school holidays? Is it a case of booking 355 days out as per the popular BA routes, and if so can you book the outbound and call to add the return later? I appreciate that Y redemptions are usually poor value but given the standard fares on those routes at that time of year are astronomical I think this is not too bad (although I need to weigh it up against a flight + hotel package)…

    • I haven’t had problems with Virgin flight availability over the summer holidays. It’s when you want to book with a partner like Delta or Hawaiian that things get really tricky!

  6. Apologies for asking on this thread but with it being about the virgin card I thought it may be appropriate. The tie in with KLMand Air France where we could use virgin flying club miles was written in an article on HFP in August. The title said we could book with our flying club miles as redemptions on these airlines “very soon”. Is there any update please on when this will be happening?

  7. I’m confused about this part:
    “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.”

    If I have the free card, am I not entitled to apply for the +?

  8. Hey Rob we could do with a detailed comparison between Avios and Virgin offerings Not the usual BA fly to more places stuff more like
    1) can you book both 355 days out ?
    2) book outward then add return ?
    3) cancellation terms do they refund points and vouchers ?
    4) costs for changes to tickets ?
    5) other costs eg do they still charge even if you cant do it online ?

  9. OT but about Virgin…

    Been saving points/following this blog avidly for about a year. One thing I have yet to do is actually go on a holiday due life things. Finally looking at 5 nights in NYC in March from LHR to JFK on the A350 in Eco Delight and have found a hotel to bundle it with. If I go through the Virgin Atlantic website it sends me to “travelplus” which mentions getting 2 for 1 on miles booking through them, but I could also go on “virginholidays” website and book through them.

    Is there any advantage to either or are they the same? (Note that I only saw 1 for 1 on miles on the virginholidays site e.g. hotel and flight costs 2k, get 2k points, as apposed to 4k through travelplus)
    Can I add a second Flying club number after booking? No option to do it whilst booking
    Eco Delight gives free seat selection, is this done through manage my booking after I have paid for it and confirmed booking?

    Obvious/silly questions I’m sure, but atm I’m merely a points saver through CC and not an avid traveller! Thanks

  10. Cannot answer all but you can add FF# and select seats in MMB with VS. I also believe that as part of the booking process it allows you to select seats.

  11. funkypigoen says:

    Are reward flight fees similar to BA?

    What does 25,000 get you in terms of location from LHR?

    For example, a return reward economy trip to New York… how many points would that use and what would the fees be?

    I have great understanding of how BA/Avios work but very limited on this.

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