I have had a lot of emails in recent days asking “Will Virgin Atlantic extend my Flying Club status?”.
The good news is that Virgin Atlantic has beaten British Airways to the punch and announced a comprehensive series of measures for Virgin Flying Club members.
extensions to status years, and
extensions to credit card 2-4-1 and upgrade vouchers and any other status vouchers
Full details are on this ‘extensions’ page of the Virgin Atlantic website.
What is Virgin Atlantic doing to extend your status?
Gold members need to earn 1,000 tier points to retain their status, whilst Silver members need to earn 400 tier points.
All Gold and Silver members will have six months added to their membership year, giving them an additional six months to earn the tier points they need.
You not receive a new plastic membership card but your digital membership card inside the Virgin Atlantic app will be adjusted to show the new expiry date.
Your account will be updated online by 20th March.
Do you have a Virgin Flying Club voucher with an expiry date?
There are various types of Virgin Atlantic vouchers out there:
Gold member vouchers
Gold member companion reward for Gold status renewal
Clubhouse passes for Gold members (1,500 tier points reward)
One cabin upgrade for Gold members (2,000 tier points reward)
Credit card upgrade and 2-4-1 vouchers
All vouchers which were valid as of 13th March will be extended by an additional six months.
Updated expiry dates should be visible online by Friday 20th March.
It is important to stress that these extensions will be automatically applied to your account. Please do NOT call Virgin Atlantic to discuss them as you are taking up call centre time which could be used to help someone with more pressing issues.
You can find out more on this ‘extensions’ page of the Virgin Atlantic website.
Virgin Atlantic has also launched two new bonus promotions:
Earn bonus tier points with Virgin Holidays
If you book a ‘flight and hotel’ or Virgin Holidays package before 30th April, you will earn 100 bonus tier points. These will be credited to your account by 31st May 2020.
Earn bonus Flying Club miles with Virgin Atlantic
This is a good one.
You will receive 2,500 bonus Virgin Flying Club miles for each Virgin Atlantic flight sector (eg one-way flight) booked before 30th April for travel by 31st March 2021.
I value a Virgin Flying Club mile at 1p. This means that you will receive £50-worth of miles (5,000 miles) for each return flight you book. On a cheap return Economy flight this is an attractive extra return, especially as it is on top of your standard miles.
Full details of both of these offers can be found on this page of the Flying Club website.
PS. If you missed it, I also recommend our recent piece on the top 10 reasons to get the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard credit card.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 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):
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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 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.)