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Is it worth using Virgin Points for a Virgin Holidays discount?

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Is it worth redeeming your Virgin Points to pay, in full or in part, for a Virgin Holidays package?  Let’s take a look.

Virgin Atlantic has now ensured its medium term financial survival following its refinancing.  There is no need to be worrying about the health of your Flying Club points.

That said, the Virgin Atlantic flying network is going to be seriously restricted for some time to come.  You may be thinking about a holiday to a destination which is not covered by Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Holidays booked with Virgin air miles

Virgin Holidays has a feature that might interest you – the ability to pay, or part pay, for your holiday using your Virgin Flying Club points.  But is it a good deal?

Full details can be found on this page of the Virgin Flying Club website.

If you want to learn more about Virgin Holidays, however, you need to go to their own dedicated website here.

What value do I get for my Virgin Points?

Virgin Holidays does not make this information easy to find, for some reason.

The deal is as simple as it gets.  You receive a £16.50 discount on your Virgin Holidays package for every 3,000 Virgin Points you spend.  This works out at 0.55p per point.

Long term readers may remember that, when this offer launched 18 months ago, it offered £18 per 3,000 points.  There has been a quiet devaluation.

You can use miles irrespective of whether you book online, in a Virgin Holidays store or by telephone.  You can also use Flying Club points to pay down an existing holiday balance, via Virgin Holidays ‘Manage My Booking’ page.

There is no restriction on how many points you can use.  If you have enough, you can pay for the entire holiday with points.

Using Virgin Flying Club miles with Virgin Holidays

You can get good deals on Virgin Holidays as a Flying Club member

Before I look at ‘points plus money’, I wanted to remind you that there are good deals for Virgin Flying Club members who book with Virgin Holidays.

Depending on the colour of your Flying Club membership card:

Red members (you get Red just for signing up) – save up to 7% plus earn 1 point for every £1 spent

Silver members – save up to 7% plus earn 2 points for every £1 spent

Gold members – save up to 10% plus earn 2 points every £1 spent

These discounts work on top of existing special offers.  The discount triggers automatically online – visit the Virgin Holidays website and when you go through to the booking page or ‘Enter passenger details’, click on ‘Frequent Flyer information’ and enter your Flying Club number.

Is ‘points plus money’ with Virgin Holidays a good deal?

No, not really.  I look to get around 1p per mile from my Flying Club points when redeeming for mileage tickets so the idea of accepting 0.55p via this route is not attractive.

It is better value than using your Virgin points for hotel redemptions, Virgin Vouchers or similar non-flying redemptions.  It is also better value than transferring your points into IHG Rewards Club or Hilton Honors points.

However …..

Imagine you earned your Virgin points via Tesco Clubcard.  You would be using £1 of Clubcard vouchers for 250 Virgin points worth £1.37 of holiday discount.  This is not a very impressive return given some of the other Clubcard deals out there.  £1 of Clubcard vouchers would get you £3 of credit for example.

Imagine you earned your Virgin points via Heathrow Rewards.  You would be giving up £1 of Heathrow shopping vouchers for 55p of holiday discount!

On the other hand, there are upsides:

You have no problems with reward availability.  You can book any holiday offered by Virgin Holidays with no restrictions.

You can pay for the entire cost of your trip.  There are no taxes and charges to pay.  If you have enough points, you can genuinely get a totally free holiday.

If you earn all of your Flying Club points from flying for work – so you haven’t actually paid anything for them at all – then Virgin Holidays is an option to consider.

If you earned your Virgin Points from the free Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card, Virgin Holidays isn’t a bad option.  At 0.75 points per £1, you’d be getting 0.41p of holiday discount per £1 spent on your card.  It is hard to beat a return of 0.41p per £1 from a free Visa or Mastercard these days.  In fact, I am surprised that Virgin Holidays hasn’t launched its own credit card offering a similar level of reward.

You can find out more on this page of the Virgin Flying Club website.  If you want to learn more about Virgin Holidays, their website is here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

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

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 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 (8)

  • BrightonReader says:

    I’d forgotten how awful the V Hels website is until I started playing on it yesterday looking for comparison prices against a BA holiday to the West Coast of the US next year.

    No ability to have a hotel just for part of the stay (really just wanted to pick the cheapest hotel for one night to turn it into a holiday to be able to pay a deposit only)

    The inability to be able to fly Upper both out and back – they assume I only want to fly Upper either out or back but not both! Not a question of their being no Upper availabilty as you could fly PE out and UC back and vice versa.


    • memesweeper says:

      It seems there’s a lot you can still only price up on the phone *sigh*

    • Andrew says:

      It is incredbily clunky.

      Then you have to make sure you cross-reference a Virgin Atlantic flight and hotel deal (powered by Virgin Holidays) with a Virgin Holiday deal as the prices are often different. Last holiday with identical flights and hotel, it was £100 cheaper per person with the former.

      Not forgetting to add in the “alternative flights/airlines” for pricing. Everyone is different, but I prefer Delta to Virgin and don’t mind a reasonable connection – particularly when there is a lower price available.

  • Freddy says:

    Not bad having a cut price holiday when the points are easy to obtain

  • Jimmy says:

    I wonder if you can obtain flight only/hotel only deals?

  • Bob says:

    On topic: I’ve cancelled my Virgin Credit Card couple months ago. If I apply again, Can I have the sign up bonus?

    • Rob says:

      In theory yes, but also in theory you won’t get one because you need a six month gap.

      If you cancelled the free card and now want the paid one you may be OK. Wait until you’re rejected then call VM and say that you are upgrading. They will manually override the rejection.

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    Not attractive to the sophisticated spenders on this site who will get 1p per mile and often much more. However if used to allow someone to book an exceptional holiday deal that they otherwise could not afford it could unlock real value so not useless by any means. And If you got the points “free” by other means…

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