Few people know that you can redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for holidays on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island retreat.
Necker Island was badly damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. After substantial rebuilding, the resort has reopened and this means you can now book it with miles.
Necker is usually booked by private groups and only a handful of weeks per year are available for individual travellers. You are restricted to booking on those weeks.
This is one of the best value Virgin redemptions you can get. A week on Necker Island during those weeks where the island is not let on an exclusive basis will cost you $35,000 for a couple. That is £27,320. Flights are not included in this price but it is all inclusive.
The bad news is the cost has crept up. It has jumped from 1.2 million to 1.5 million miles for a one week stay for a couple. This does still represent good value if you were prepared to pay the cash price, of course, as you are getting 1.8p per mile.
You might think that 1.5 million miles is a lot, and of course it is. However, it would ‘only’ require £1 million of spend on the Virgin Reward Plus credit card and I know there are a fair number of HFP readers, mainly business owners, who spend six figures per month on their cards. You must now have Virgin Flying Club Silver or Gold status to book this award.
Information on Necker Island has been removed from the Virgin Atlantic website. The current points price list is on this US blog here but I can’t find the original source document.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (November 2020)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
As well as the two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (see here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points), you can also earn from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
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