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Virgin Atlantic has launched a short-term promotion for holders of its Reward and Reward+ credit cards.

This offer runs to 31st October. If you are planning to book a Virgin Atlantic flight or Virgin Atlantic Holiday before 31st October, you may want to apply for a credit card before you do so.

You apply for the Virgin Atlantic credit cards here.

Extra bonuses for Virgin Atlantic credit cardholders

What is the deal?

It comes in two parts.

The first part is for all Virgin Atlantic Reward and Reward+ credit card holders.

All cardholders will receive double miles when bookings flights or Virgin Atlantic Holidays before 31st October.

Bookings must be made directly with the airline or via the Holidays website to qualify.

‘Double miles’ means 3 Virgin Flying Club miles per £1 spent on the free Reward card and a whopping 6 miles per £1 spent on the Reward+ card.

Extra bonuses for Virgin Atlantic credit cardholders

The second part is even more interesting.

Holders of the Reward+ card (the one with the £160 annual fee) with also receive a free Virgin Atlantic upgrade voucher.

There is a minimum spend of £500 required at either Virgin Atlantic or Virign Atlantic Holidays.

The upgrade voucher is valid for 24 months and allows the cardholder to upgrade either one return flight or (if two are travelling) one leg each of a return flight.

You can upgrade from either Economy to Premium or Premium to Upper Class. There must be reward seats available in the higher class and additional taxes and charges may be due.

This is a very attractive offer for Reward+ cardholders, especially as the upgrade could be worth more than the £500 minimum spend required to earn it. The two year validity period is also very useful.

The only problem, unless you want to take a punt on a US route for travel in 2021, is finding a route to book …..

Cardholders will receive an email from Virgin Atlantic very soon outlining the offer in detail. It runs until 31st October.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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 (42)

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  • TripRep says:

    Data Point:

    Virgin finally got in touch to say that they are going to refund one of the reward booking flights I cancelled 4 (Four) months ago. Apparantely I should get funds in the next 14 days. Still awaiting the other flight I cancelled at the same time.

    • GaryC says:

      Very stark contract to BA – I’ve had around £15k of flights refunded, all within a few days of phoning. AA I had about £3k of flights refunded, it took about a week. I’m GGL which probably helped with BA, but have no status with AA.

  • Alex says:

    Could you use this voucher when you book in connection with the 2-4-1 voucher I have already earned on the +card? My gut feeling is no but you never know at the moment… this way we could upgrade both legs while only booking Premium?

  • eligold says:

    does it apply to points bookings too?
    I know that’s really pushing it but Virgin have really been chucking the treats our way recently

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