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:
….. 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.
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.
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):
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:
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.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)