Today I want to look at how you can earn Virgin Flying Club miles, in the Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer scheme, when you stay at YOTEL hotels.
I recently ran an article outlining hotels chains which do not give Avios but which do give Virgin Flying Club miles. YOTEL is one of the more significant places so it is worth taking a closer look.
To earn Virgin Atlantic miles at YOTEL, you must join their club
In order to earn Virgin Flying Club (or indeed Flying Blue) miles at YOTEL you need to join – free – [email protected], the membership scheme for YOTEL hotels.
Back in 2018, YOTEL launched a free membership scheme called My YOTEL. It was, frankly, useless. It gave absolutely no benefits at all for frequent guests – literally nothing. The only benefit, in return for giving them all of your details, was a discount of ‘at least’ 10% when you stay at the Yotel New York (pictured below), Yotel Boston or Yotel Singapore hotels. No other properties were included.
YOTEL has now overhauled My YOTEL, which has morphed into [email protected]
How does [email protected] work?
It is free to sign up via that page.
Unfortunately, the benefits are not very impressive:
- Save 10% on every booking you make*
- Earn miles with two frequent flyer schemes – Air France / KLM Flying Blue and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Benefits which aren’t really worth anything:
- View existing bookings in your online account
- View and edit your personal details in your online account
- View and edit your subscriber preferences
- Receive our latest offers by email (you can unsubscribe at anytime)
The 10% discount still comes with an asterisk next to it, as you can see. When you scroll to the small print, this is what you get:
Save up to 10% discount is only available at YOTEL New York, YOTEL Boston, YOTEL San Francisco, YOTEL Singapore, YOTEL Amsterdam, YOTEL Edinburgh, YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport and YOTEL Istanbul Airport (Landside). [email protected] is not available at all YOTELAIR hotels.
You DON’T get a discount at YOTEL Gatwick Airport. Our full review of YOTEL Gatwick Airport is here if you want to see what it is like.
How do you earn Virgin Atlantic miles at YOTEL?
The YOTEL website is very vague about the fact that you can actually earn Virgin Flying Club miles from your stay. This is all they say (scroll to the bottom):
Join the [email protected] to earn miles with AF/KLM Flying Blue and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. All you need to do is to enter your membership numbers in your [email protected] account, and they will be automatically added to your booking. Note that you can’t use a partner airline loyalty number e.g. Delta, Emirates. This offer is only available for qualifying bookings when you book direct at yotel.com. If you have any queries on missing or awarded miles, please first contact your relevant Flying Blue or Flying Club helpline.
Here is the YOTEL page on the Virgin Atlantic website. You will earn:
500 miles for a stay at YOTEL New York of 3 nights or more
100 miles for a stay of any length at YOTEL Heathrow, Gatwick, Amsterdam Schipol and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports
You need to book direct on the YOTEL website to get these rates.
100 Virgin Flying Club miles – which is all you get at their European airport hotels – is definitely not something to get excited about. However, if you are doing a stay anyway, you might as well take what you can get!
You won’t earn anything at their other hotels, apart from New York, but on the upside you may save a few pounds via your free [email protected] membership.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (April 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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 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.)