If you travel on business, earning airline miles from your hotel stays is an easy way of running up your Avios balance. You should never take airline miles by default, though, as it is normally better value to take points in the relevant hotel loyalty scheme – as long as you are confident of earning enough to redeem. If not, you might as well take the miles instead.
British Airways has a huge number of hotel partners and it is even bigger when you include chains who are partners with Iberia and who can be credited to Iberia Plus.
In the past, there were a number of hotel chains who did not work with Avios but who did partner with Virgin Flying Club. However, in the past three years Virgin Flying Club has been culling its hotel partners.
In the last three years, out have gone:
Blue Sky Luxury (rental homes in Barbados, Antigua, Dominica, Jamaica, St Barts, St Lucia and St Martin)
Jumeirah (a bit of a loss but given that Virgin Atlantic has dropped Dubai it was becoming less relevant)
Marco Polo Hotels (a Hong Kong and China-based group)
Millennium and Copthorne (surprising, this is a medium sized chain of 120 4- and 5-star properties around the world, with a decent UK spread)
Morgans Hotel Group (luxury boutiques, in London, they own St Martins Lane, The Sanderson, the Mondrian and the Mondrian at Sea Containers House)
Red Carnation Hotels (a small luxury boutique chain with the bulk of its global properties in London)
Which hotels chains earn Virgin Flying Club points?
The following hotel chains are partners with both Avios and Virgin Flying Club, so you get to choose:
- Hilton Honors
- Marriott Bonvoy
- Best Western
- IHG Rewards Club
- World of Hyatt
This is what is left in terms of hotels which offer Virgin Flying Club points but do not offer Avios:
Virgin Hotels – click here for details of the Virgin Flying Club offer
This new chain, slowly rolling out in the US, offers 1,000 points per stay. Flying Club Gold members will receive a complimentary breakfast daily and upgrade whilst Silver members will receive a complimentary upgrade, based on availability.
You will earn 500 points for a 3+ night stay at YOTEL New York.
You will earn earn 100 Virgin points per stay at the following:
- YOTEL Gatwick – we reviewed YOTEL Gatwick here
- YOTEL Heathrow
- YOTEL Paris Charles de Gaulle
- YOTEL Amsterdam Schiphol
….. as long as you book direct.
WorldHotels – gives you 500 Virgin Flying Club points per stay as you can see here
Earning more Virgin Flying Club miles
Even if you regularly stay at one of these chains, you may think twice before bothering with Virgin points because you would never earn enough for a decent redemption.
You can even transfer Flying Club points into Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club points, allowing you to indirectly earn Hilton points whilst staying at another chain. The minimum number of Virgin points required is 10,000 and the transfer rate is 1:1.5 into Hilton and 1:1 into IHG.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:
Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.
You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 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.)