Back in March, Virgin Atlantic beat British Airways to the punch and announced a comprehensive series of measures for Virgin Flying Club members.
extensions to status years, and
extensions to credit card 2-4-1 and upgrade vouchers and any other status vouchers
These extensions were for six months. If anyone hoped coronavirus would be gone by that point, they were mistaken.
Virgin Atlantic has just announced ANOTHER set of six month extensions. This applies to your status and any vouchers you held on 13th March 2020 or have earned since then.
Virgin Atlantic made other major announcements today. I have done separate articles on these.
- The first article looks at the launch of tier points when you fly on a Virgin Flying Club redemption
- The second article looks at big improvements to the voucher offered with the Virgin Atlantic credit cards
- This looks at the new six month extension to your Flying Club status and any outstanding vouchers
You can learn more on the Virgin Atlantic website here.
What is Virgin Atlantic doing to extend your status?
Gold members need to earn 1,000 tier points to retain their status, whilst Silver members need to earn 400 tier points.
All Gold and Silver members will have ANOTHER six months added to their membership year, giving them an additional 12 months in total to earn the tier points they need.
You not receive a new plastic membership card but your digital membership card inside the Virgin Atlantic app will be adjusted to show the new expiry date.
Do you have a Virgin Flying Club voucher with an expiry date?
There are various types of Virgin Atlantic vouchers out there:
Gold member vouchers
Gold member companion reward for Gold status renewal
Clubhouse passes for Gold members (1,500 tier points reward)
One cabin upgrade for Gold members (2,000 tier points reward)
Credit card upgrade and 2-4-1 vouchers
All vouchers which were active on 13th March, or have been earned since then, will be extended by an additional six months. This is on top of the six month extension you received in March.
Updated expiry dates should be visible online soon.
It is important to stress that these extensions will be automatically applied to your account. Please do NOT call Virgin Atlantic to discuss them given the pressure on the call centre.
Don’t forget to read our other two Virgin Atlantic articles, especially the radical move to let you earn Virgin Flying Club tier points on redemption flights.
You can find out more on the Virgin Atlantic website here.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 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.)