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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 (November 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)

  • Essjay says:

    Another data point, my small amount of Heathrow Rewards points (1,750) posted as 3,500 Avios this morning. So 100% bonus.

  • Andrew says:

    I’ve also received my HR transfer with zero bonus. ☹️ Are people getting any traction from HR customer services??

    • jil says:

      I got my bonus in a separate batch a few days after the transferred point arrived.

  • Michael says:

    Re Amex offers: Do you also get these on the business cards and if so are they similar.
    Also, are there referral bonuses available on the business cards, if so can you refer for non business cards too?

  • Rich says:

    I’d been holding-off until nearer the end date, as I usually do (keep my options open). Have just sent 10k over this afternoon, and I will report back.

    Happy with 50%, so I won’t be too distraught if that’s all I get.

  • Paul says:

    I transferred 2000 Heathrow rewards points, Which landed yesterday. The activity tab on the BA app says 2000 Avios yet the balance has increased by 6000 Avios?!

  • Paul Sowden says:

    I have no idea whether the cost of the Amex small business promotion they run every year falls on Amex or the retailer but if it’s More on Amex I’d Love to see them run some SME promotions once the lockdown eases. All my promotions tend to be for big spends with larger brands and I’d love to see spending at smaller companies incentivised

    • Sloth says:

      If you were really bothered about helping SME you would shop there regardless and not need incentivising. I like a bargain as much as anyone but the way for the economy to pick up as quickly as possible is for those who are in a position to, to keep spending

      • Paul says:

        I always have and always will support local businesses, but my point is that I hope Amex will do something to encourage more people to do the same

  • sohan says:

    I sent 8000 and received 16000 avios. This was on day 2 of the promo (link didn’t work for me on day 1)…

  • Ron says:

    Do you normally get an email to confirm the transfer? I transferred some this morning, but not got any email to acknowledge the transfer. Thanks.

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