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Waitrose will no longer give you Virgin Flying Club miles from 26th March

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In a bit of a blow for our household, Waitrose will no longer be awarding Virgin Flying Club miles from 26th March.

Here is a screenshot to confirm it:

Waitrose stopping Virgin Flying Club miles

….. although no-one seems to have received an email about it.

This is not necessarily anything to do with coronavirus and/or the financial difficulties at Virgin Atlantic and indeed at Waitrose’s parent company John Lewis.

It may be to do with the relaunch of Virgin Red and the new Virgin-wide loyalty programme.  This was always due to happen at the end of March 2020 but I am guessing it is delayed.

It may also be to do with the recent launch of Morrisons as a Virgin in-store partner.

If you can still get down to your local Waitrose before 26th March, you could buy some Waitrose gift cards.  These would trigger the miles and you would be able to spend the vouchers over the next few months.  Waitrose gift cards are also valid in John Lewis.

Waitrose Virgin Flying Club miles

The Waitrose earning rate is targeted and varies from account to account but you should get at least 1 Virgin Flying Club mile per £1 spent and potentially as much as 3 miles per £1.

This offer is part of the Virgin Atlantic in-store shopping scheme.  To sign up, you need to visit this page of the Virgin website and register your credit cards.

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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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 30,000 points until 6th June 2022):

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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:

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The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Virgin Points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

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Comments (150)

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  • Baji Nahid says:

    The morrisons offer is also ending 🙁

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It was always ending.

      Though it was extended the last time.

      • James says:

        Morrisons was originally intended to be 1 mile per £ going forward, just like Waitrose. It is ending on 29th March ‘for good’, just like Waitrose. Although in my own account, the offer appears to have stopped already and I haven’t been receiving miles for transactions for a week or so now.

  • Stu R says:

    I think after Virgin’s despicable behaviour in enforcing unpaid leave on staff then asking the government for a bung, whilst SRB sits on a small fortune, I’d think about flying with them ever again.

    • Spursdebs says:

      Good old multi billionaire Dickie Branson sitting in his hot tub on his tax avoidance private island telling his minions to take unpaid leave and demanding government bail out. Why are you surprised same man who sued our and therefore us NHS for 2 million £
      I have refused to buy anything he is associated with for years.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        I read recently just the interest in his firtune could pay his staff.

        • Craig says:


        • AJA says:

          Theoretically that’s possible but it’s based on a notional interest rate applied to his net worth. He doesn’t actually receive that in income every year and he doesn’t actually have all of his assets in cash.

      • Anna says:

        +1, this is the man who demanded that UK tax payers fund the clean up of the BVIs after Hurricane Irma, an archipelago full of billionaires like him!

  • Tom says:

    8,000 a year die from the flu in the UK.

    We are currently nowhere near that!


    • James says:

      Having had a bad winter I am more worried about flu and still feeling the effects than the virus.

    • Jeff says:

      No we’re not. Hospitals are much much busier than usual though based on what I’ve been told from people who work in them

    • Ken says:

      Once you understand the power of exponential then you may think again.

      We are a matter of weeks behold behind Italy and Spain, even with yesterday’s increased suppression.
      London hospitals will beyond capacity in 5 days, the rest of the country 15 days.
      Yes, the majority of the deaths will be “pre-existing medical conditions”.
      Not much consolation if it’s your mum.

      If the UK gets away with 80,000 deaths in 2020 it will be a seen as a really good result.

      Although they have gone quiet on herd immunity, the playbook remains one developed for a Flu pandemic.

  • James says:

    What I would say is that emails from Waitrose at the moment are a little slow for their updates and shopping.

  • TH says:

    Surely it’s just economics, Waitrose are seeing unprecedented demand, so why would they sacrifice margin when they don’t need to?

    • Spursdebs says:

      My Son works for Tesco, he text me last night and was telling me how mental it is and how all the “ big wigs” are rubbing their corporate hands with glee at the takings. Funny how life goes 2 weeks ago he was just someone who worked in Tesco’s looked down on with contempt by some now he’s a key worker who you all want him to work his bits off so you can get a loaf of bread….funny old world.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        They must know it’s a temporary spike though. These people can’t consume everything they have in a standard time frame so In two weeks time when everyone has a full cupboard their sales will tank

        • Spursdebs says:

          Who knows how this is going to affect people’s spending habits in the future. All I know is my son and colleagues are getting no protection from the abuse the wonderful general public think is their right to dish out. I’m just thankful he works nights and his store is no longer open 24 hours.

          • Kabita says:

            It’s the same in the NHS – call for the retired to come back in and work. Really, they are going to have a huge amount of abuse. I left the NHS due to the terrible behaviour of the patients and family and I wasn’t even clinical!

          • TGLoyalty says:

            No idea one spending habits but I hope people don’t take self isolating as an excuse to consume 2/3x their daily calories for the next 12 weeks. That’s the only way they consume all the food they’ve panic bought.

          • Spursdebs says:

            @ Kabita my friend works for NHS doing repeat prescriptions she says the abuse she’s had is shocking. And she’s quite a tough woman.

          • Erico1875 says:

            Why is abuse allowed ?
            I was in ALDI last night and the checkout lady said they banned someone for dishing out abuse to staff earlier

          • Cat says:

            It’s the same at school – reception bears the brunt of it, when they get screamed at because “I deserve a bit of respite from my [expletive deleted] kids”, or because “My kids are vulnerable too, because I’m going to [expletive deleted] murder them if I have to put up with them for another day”. Last week we had one parent who was supposed to be self-isolating deliberately coughing into the face of a member of senior staff, when they refused to take their child, who was also supposed to be self-isolating. It’s been reported to the police as assault. I’ve only had to put up with a small amount of this, when I attempted to phone parents to let them know how their children are getting on in Maths, as next week’s parents’ evening has obviously been cancelled. I got as far as 5 phone calls, was shouted at by two parents, decided this was a bad idea, and gave up.

        • The Urbanite says:

          @TGLoyalty true – but now people can’t go to restaurants or pubs, or takeaways/deliveries being an expensive luxury with home cooking being cheaper some of it will be a genuine uplift in demand!

          • Tom1 says:

            Exactly. I used to eat one meal per day at home max. Now I eat three, 7 days a week (Plus snacks every 30 minutes, but minus some takeaways).
            So my ‘normal’ shop increased by ~3x.

            There are wholesalers and foodservice companies that used to supply restaurants, schools, office canteens, cafes etc who will now have lots of extra capacity they didn’t expect. The supply chain will adapt and find a way to balance the supply and demand.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            If they are replacing restaurant/pub with takeaway then it’s like for like spend, though it will reduce due to financial uncertainty.

            Agree that this means more home cooked meals so more business for supermarkets. I don’t know what sort of stats supermarkets are churning out But if the number of calories being sold is more than 2k per day per person (Which is what I suspect looking at people’s trolleys) then at some point it will significantly slow down.

            When you consider the market as a whole the number of calories required/consumed will probably fall as people eat at home more.

  • Rich says:

    HfP loyalists in London will find cheap disguises available on Amazon just in case they have to go to a Tesco store now that the “wonderful” Waitrose have stopped dishing out Virgin miles ……..Heaven forbid!!
    An empty shelf is an empty shelf for goodness sake – what’s wrong with you lot?

    • Fenny says:

      Worse than losing airmiles on my daily lunch purchase, Waitrose have suspended their free coffee for customers. These are truly unprecedented times!!!

      • Russ says:

        Yes they have but there are a lot of things changing in a negative way under the corona virus banner in much the same way BA enhances products. My wife queried the stopping free coffee with a Waitrose employee she’s chatty with. She said it was because everyone and everyone touched the buttons. Fair enough. But when she asked if they were closing the pin machines as the same people touched them as the coffee machine she laughed and said they’d never do that.

        I was also quite surprised and frankly disappointed how little money JL have said they will set aside for employees who may encounter hardship. One million seems rather stingy.

      • Rob says:

        Harrods food hall remains open and has everything in stock inc London’s biggest pile of dried pasta and pasatta if anyone is desperate! Was in this morning.

      • Lady London says:

        Nooooo!!! TBH I think they were looking for a way to stop doing that anyway, and we won’t see it come back

  • Michael C says:

    A very mild Waitrose whinge: our next-day delivery which has taken 10 days is arriving today: a couple of hours after the “you can’t change”, 15 items cancelled and 10 replaced with rubbish. No prior warning possible?!

    • Spursdebs says:

      We’ll adapt stop whinging and adapt! What is wrong with you people.

      • Michael C says:

        But they’ve replaced our quinoa with bulgur wheat! I can’t go a whole week without my vegan gluten-free organic 5-grain salad bowl!

        • Spursdebs says:

          Tough times ahead for you and now no points to add to the horror. I’ve heard there’s loads of rocket left on Tesco shelves if that helps you out lol

        • Peter K says:

          @Michael C. I take it from your comment you have no food intolerances/allergies then…..

      • Anna says:

        Ha ha my last Asda delivery was funny, it was like someone had just guessed what I might want for my grocery shop! But it was mainly nice premium brands and I got a £15 refund so it’s all good and we’re looking forward to trying some unfamiliar brands.

        • Russ says:

          You can’t really do that at Waitrose as we’ve already got the best brands sussed. Besides, we’ve already changed from Craster kippers to boil in the bag ones though if it gets any worse we’ll just start eating the Koi.

    • Genghis says:

      It’s a new world. Our Tesco delivery (regular shop, not “stocking up”) arrived last night with loads of stuff missing and weird substitutions. But I went out this morning and picked up most things we need.

      • Spursdebs says:

        I quite like the weird substitutions I normally keep them and try new stuff.
        I’ll adapt a lot easier than a lot , I’m housebound most of the time anyway and I grew up with empty cupboards I’m used to cooking with very little.
        Our little local shops seem to be coping quite well.

        • Anna says:

          +1 on all that (and see above). I remember as a child when the (plain) biscuits ran out before the end of the week and the excitement when the weekly shop arrived home!

          • Spursdebs says:

            Anna my Mum spent all the money on her horses, we knew what day of week it was by what was put on table. Fortunately I grew up in a road with all my family in a small village in Bucks , Aunts, Uncles, grandparents all sorts so I leant to cook from my Grandmother a Yorkshire woman who was in service as a cook. Which is probably why we all pronounce Bath, water and glasses like northerners lol

          • Shoestring says:

            @Spurs Debs – anywhere close to Bierton/ Wingrave? (where I was born)

          • Spursdebs says:

            @ Harry no I grew up in Seer Green near Beaconsfield. But now I live in Winslow not far from places you mention.

    • Lady London says:

      Isn’t there an option when you order that says “no substitutions”. I always choose that.

  • Tom1 says:

    If you want to vote with your feet , M&S £5 credit when spend £30 on my Amex offers this morning.

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