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For the last few years, an interesting route to pick up a large chunk of Virgin Flying Club points was via the Virgin Money International Money Transfer service.

It was a generous deal  The amount of Virgin Flying Club points you could earn depended on the size of your transfer:

£5,000 – £9,999 – earn 2,500 points

£10,000 – £19,999 – earn 5,000 points

£20,000 – £49,999 – earn 10,000 points

£50,000 – £99,999 – earn 25,000 points

£100,000+ – earn 50,000 points

Unfortunately, this deal is now over.  As you can see here, Virgin Money is getting out of this sector on 24th June. 

The service was run as a joint venture with WorldFirst, which is taking over the customer database.  The Flying Club offer was meant to run until August 2020 so the contract is clearly ending earlier than Virgin Money anticipated.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

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:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn 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.)

Comments (44)

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    There’s another variant on the transfer bonus, which is they post at 0%. This was done on the day it launched. CS said they would adjust it, but it’s initially hit the account with 0 bonus. It was also a Premium account, not sure if this is part of the bug or not.

    • Pete says:

      Same problem here, transferred a few days after the promotion launched. Oddly, my boyfriend’s 250 Heathrow points landed with a 100% Avios bonus, my 1,000 landed with 0% bonus 😂

    • Andrew says:

      Mine is a premium account and arrived with the 100% bonus.

      • Claire says:

        Did you transfer today or prior?

      • Chris says:

        Mine is a standard account and had a 100% bonus, requested transfer same day HfP did the article

  • mradey says:

    Free delivery mainland UK at the moment too (Selfridges). Couple that with the Amex off and the 10% off six bottles……

    • Andrew says:

      12 avios per pound too

      • Andrew says:

        Or, if your employer has an arrangement, with one of the many Corporate Perks providers, it’s possible you have a 10% funds return offer at Selfridges (I do for the next 2 days).

        (Different Andrew)

    • MattB says:

      Looking at prices Selfridge’s are way overpriced compared to other online booze sellers – even with the 10% for 6, plus amex plus 12 avios per £ they are still more expensive than supermarkets/Amazon etc. Obviously they have more high end stuff but that is still cheaper at specialist online places.

      • Vinz says:

        The offer looks good but the £30 off is better than the other… 30% off rather than 20% in the other case… and I have the latter of course!

      • ken says:


        Selfridges roughly 30% (and sometimes as much as 50%) more expensive than other outlets for exactly the same wine or Champagne.

      • Andrew Bowness says:

        Is that true across the board (not just drinks)? I’m struggling to find anything that’s good value.

        • Anna says:

          I ordered £250 of sale and other bits and pieces yesterday – after checking prices with other retailers of course! Jo Malone never discounts IME so this was a genuine chance to get 20% off. I want to hit a 2 4 1 target quickly for next summer and I’ve earned 2300 Avios through the e. Store so quite happy with the offer.

        • Sandgrounder says:

          Electronics are often competitive, I have a Samsung tablet on the way.

        • Dezbez says:

          Perfumes and clothing seem to follow ‘standard’ pricing, so there shouldn’t be any Selfridges mark-up on these items. There is 30% off many clothing brands too, so it could be a triple hit if played right.
          If though, like me, you end up buying stuff just for the sake of making the most of the offers (ie you weren’t planning on making the purchase in the first place) then probably not such a good deal….

        • ken says:

          I’d say only things where the brand is well known and they have very strong control of the distribution.

          For example Sonos speakers don’t normally have much of a discount unless that model is about to be replaced. Major brand perfumes (Guerlain say)rarely discount by more than 10%

  • Aliks says:

    I have 779 points currently, but only 250 are transferable. There is no indication on the dashboard about why the remaining points cant transfer.

    I vaguely remember that there are restrictions on transferring points to BA, depending on how you earned the points. Anyone have any clues how to find out what is allowed?

    • L Allen says:

      If you transferred points in then you can’t transfer them out again. I have loads from Emirates that are in this state but don’t know how many.

    • Rob says:

      The only points you can’t transfer are those from Emirates or Lufthansa. Everything else should be OK.

  • L Allen says:

    I couldn’t make any transfer of Heathrow Rewards because the newly site doesn’t tell you how many of the points you have are eligible for transfer. It just gives me an unhelpful “an error has occurred” response. There is nowhere in the new site that gives this breakdown anymore.

  • Mark says:

    I converted 3,500 Heathrow Rewards on 16th May and haven’t received any bonus!

    • Lumma says:

      Are you sure? I thought the same because the two 3,500 transactions were next to each other and the bonus was just blank with no description

      • Alan says:

        Agree, it’s a very confusing layout. For flights these additional lines show the breakdown of Avios (cabin bonus etc) but for this they seem additive. The summary at the bottom of the account page on BAEC desktop website shows the total.

  • Bill says:

    Platinum amex credit card and charge card both not showing Selfridges offer

  • M Baldrick says:

    I transferred 7000 Heathrow Rewards and the calculator gave me 50% so 10,500 but nothing has been put onto my BA Executive Club account. So at present i have had a 0% transfer 🙁

  • jil says:

    I transferred my HR points and got 100% bonus later separately, I can’t find the source now, but I do remember seeing the bonus is 100% when I made the transfer

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