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Get 50% extra Virgin Points – and tier points – on new flight bookings, including redemptions

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Virgin Atlantic has launched a new promotion, offering 50% bonus Virgin Points AND tier points on new bookings.

Importantly, since Virgin Atlantic recently became the first airline to offer tier points on REWARD flights (story here), the bonus tier points will also apply to new flight redemptions you book with Virgin Points.

The good news is that this offer runs alongside the current Virgin Atlantic sale. You can see the sale deals on the website here.

Virgin Atlantic to offer tier points on redemption miles flights

How do I earn 50% bonus Points and tier points?

The promotion applies to NEW BOOKINGS only.

  • the booking window is from yesterday to 2nd February 2021
  • you can fly at any point up to 31st December 2021

How many tier points will I earn?

You can learn about tier points on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.

On cash bookings, you will usually earn the following, depending on the ticket type booked:

  • Economy: 25 – 50 tier points each way
  • Premium: 50 – 100 tier points each way
  • Upper Class: 100 – 200 tier points each way

On redemption flights, you will usually earn the following:

  • Economy: 25 tier points each way
  • Premium: 50 tier points each way
  • Upper Class: 100 tier points each way

So, with a 50% boost from this promotion, you will earn:

  • Economy: 37.5 – 75 tier points each way
  • Premium: 75 -150 tier points each way
  • Upper Class: 150 – 300 tier points each way
Virgin Atlantic to offer tier points on air miles free flights

How many tier points do I need for Virgin Atlantic status?

There are two elite tiers in the Virgin Atlantic programme:

Silver requires 400 tier points in a rolling 12 month period. The key benefits are free seat selection in Economy Light, use of premium check-in and 30% bonus miles on cash flights. You do NOT get lounge access.

Gold requires 1,000 tier points in a rolling 12 month period. The key benefits are access to Clubhouses and the Heathrow Revivals lounge, use of Upper Class check-in, additional luggage allowance and 60% bonus miles on cash flights.

You can see full details of Silver status on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

You can see full details of Gold status here.

Under this promotion, booking a return CASH flight in Upper, in a flexible booking class, would get you Silver status immediately with 600 tier points. You would also be 60% of the way towards Gold.

Booking a return REDEMPTION flight in Upper Class, with the 50% bonus, will get you 300 tier points which is 75% of the way to Virgin Flying Club Silver status.

How do I earn tier points on redemption flights?

You will only earn tier points when you redeem on Virgin Atlantic flights. It does NOT apply to redemption flights on partner airlines, even when those flights are codeshares with Delta, Air France or KLM.

You will NOT earn tier points if you redeem miles from other programmes for Virgin Atlantic flights. You cannot book a Virgin ticket using Flying Blue or Delta SkyMiles and earn tier points.

As you can see from the table I summarised above, the tier points you earn are based on the lowest amount offered for that ticket class. For example, if you book a cash ticket in Economy on Virgin Atlantic, you would earn between 25 and 50 tier points each way depending on the flexibility of your ticket. On a redemption, you earn 25 tier points each way.

You will not earn redeemable miles when you fly on a reward ticket. You only earn tier points.

This promo makes a good deal even better

For anyone buying Virgin Atlantic cash tickets at the moment, especially in the current sale (details here), this is a good opportunity to push your way towards status too.

For anyone booking a redemption flight using Virgin Points, this is a great opportunity to earn Virgin Atlantic status. Just one Upper Class return will put you 75% of the way to Silver status, and you would have 12 months from the date you fly (Flying Club tiers work on a rolling 12 month basis) to pick up the extra points you need.

You can find out more on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):

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

30,000 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 (34)

  • Baji Nahid says:

    Sounds like Virgin are not contempt with the amount of bookings its had for its sale promo.

    I am sure Qatar has also released a similar offer.

    • Doommonger says:

      Content even. Though I am of the opinion that BA not Virgin had contempt for its customers 😀!

  • Lumma says:

    Do you get status benefits with Delta, KLM and Air France as Virgin Gold? Seems a bit pointless chasing it versus BA Silver which is great for European trips (especially when flying out of T3)

  • Matty says:

    This sounds like the last gasps of an airline desperate for business.

  • pigeon says:

    I mean if you get Virgin status incidentally, great, but chasing it is a bit pointless. There’s nothing spectacular about VS silver.

  • Tom says:

    Can see Virgin reversing a lot of this when normality resumes, they’ve been very aggressive to entice people into flying and this desperate need for cash flow is going to hit their bottom line over the long the run. The fact I built up 100k points balance last year and made an UC return reward booking to the US and still have about 90k points… not even going to bother collecting avios this year.

    • Rob says:

      You aint seen nothing yet …. wait until Monday.

      • Simon Barlow says:

        You tease Rob!

      • IanM says:

        What kind of comment is that from the site owner, a bit reckless. That’s gonna put anyone off doing anything until Monday when you could just tell us now. That could cost readers.

      • Tom says:

        Sounds exciting!

      • ankomonkey says:

        In response to BA introducing Tom Kerridge, VS are unveiling the Gregg’s head chef as part of their future on-board catering offer? Maybe you can order sausage rolls on the Virgin app and get them delivered on board…

      • Sam says:

        I think it will be a 75% redemption sale…definitely more than 50%

  • TripRep says:

    “when normality resumes”

    That could be long enough for the enhanced status to have expired.

  • Josh O says:

    Hi everyone – if I booked a cash economy fare and used miles to upgrade to upper would I be correct in assuming that I’d earn 100 tier points (for upper), and if booked under this promotion I’d actually get 150 tier points. Many thanks for any advice

    • David says:

      I don’t think so, see terms on Virgin’s website: “Bonus Virgin Points and Tier Points are applicable on Upgrade Rewards where you have used points or a credit card voucher to upgrade from a revenue class. You will receive the standard and bonus Virgin Points and Tier Points based on the revenue class you paid for, not the upgraded reward class.“

  • ChrisW says:

    Virgin have been oddly quiet the last few months. Presumably they are still burning through millions in cash every week like every other airline and flying hardly any passengers. Wouldn’t their financial position be worse now than it was six months ago now they have paid out all the refunds but surely receiving very few forward bookings with all the uncertainty?

    Is there something I don’t know? It’s the same with Norwegian – their fixed costs don’t stop just because theyre not flying right now …

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