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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 Virgin 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 (July 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

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

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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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  • paulm says:

    If only they could come up with a simple way of upgrading from the free card to the paid version!

    • James says:

      +1 its both infuriating and farcical. They know people want to do this, and indeed do so in a very laborious and time costly way. You’d think they’d get a proper system sorted by now… or allow people to hold both cards as you were able to with MBNA.

  • KK says:

    No need to travel anytime soon so don’t really want to spend £500 on a VS flight on holiday but might in in the next 12-24 months hopefully. Wondering if you would still get the upgrade voucher on a cancelled flight? If so then what flights would be most likely to be cancelled?

  • Mo says:

    To clarify, do you have to pay with your Virgin Rewards + Credit Card to get the 6x miles and the upgrade voucher too? Or could you get one/both when paying with an Amex?

    Also, do people know if paying the taxes on a reward booking would count as the £500 spend/would you earn 6x miles on this?

  • Helen says:

    A couple of questions
    1. Can I upgrade to the Reward+ Card? If I then cancel does the fee get pro-rated?
    2. If I book a PE return ticket to JNB in March (c £1k) I will get a voucher which would enable me to upgrade to Upper Class?

    • Rob says:

      1. Not easily. You need to (and I kid you not):

      * cancel the free card
      * make a fresh application for Reward+
      * wait for the rejection, as you’ve had a card in the previous 6 months
      * call them and get the rejection manually overridden because you’re upgrading

      No pro-rata refund.

      2. Yes, as long as there is an Upper Class reward seat showing, since the upgrade books into reward space

  • letBAgonesbe says:

    Honest question.
    Is anybody booking VA trips these days?

    I can see that VA is throwing in everything they have got to entice new bookings, but still, I don’t have the confidence that they will survive.

    • Dezbez says:

      Yes, we’re looking at Seattle in Aug 21, mainly as positioning to get into Canada. I’m quite bullish about it, OH decidedly less so, but I think she’s happy to go along with us booking something on the basis it’s cancelleable. Excellent rewards availability and all these offers are making it enticing…

    • GaryC says:

      I agree with you. I don’t think VA’s financial position is compatible with the timelines on possible vaccines. If (and it’s a big if) any of the promising candidates are proven to be effective in the next 3-6 months, mass production and immunisation will stretch well into 2021 and probably beyond, even in rich countries. Without a vaccine or at least a treatment (the Bradykinin Storm hypothesis and potential treatments is looking interesting), you have to ask yourself what is going to change to markedly improve sentiment w.r.t. longhaul flying.

  • ChasP says:

    Booked a UC trip to Los Angeles 2 weeks ago for next May
    So suppose should cancel (£30 fee) and rebook

    any reason why not ?

    • Mo says:

      I’m not sure how it has been for reward bookings but I know Virgin haven’t been great with refunds so cash flow may be an issue?

      If not, I think it’s worth checking if there are other UC redemption seats available, as I don’t know if when you cancel they go back into redemption availability.

      • TripRep says:

        See my post below, at least 4 months for a redemption ££ refund, I got the miles back pretty quickly.

  • Ron says:

    Would the voucher be trigger if you spend over £500 directly with VS, but over the phone?
    (e.g. trying to add a BA INV connection for a premium economy booking…)

  • Sean says:

    No email received here. Is this a targeted offer?

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