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STATUS MATCH! Virgin Atlantic will match your British Airways Executive Club status

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Virgin Atlantic has decided to take the fight to British Airways for your 2021 bookings by offering a status match to Executive Club members.

You can find full details, and apply, on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.

Virgin Atlantic will match your British Airways Executive Club status

How does the Virgin Atlantic status match work?

It is a simple deal:

  • you must have an existing Virgin Atlantic booking, or make one by 28th February
  • your flight can be for any future date
  • cash OR REDEMPTION bookings count
  • your match will be processed within 30 days so, for most people, you will be able to benefit from your new status when you travel

What match will I get?

This is how it works:

  • British Airways Executive Club Bronze members will receive Flying Club Silver status, but only if they make a Premium or Upper Class booking
  • British Airways Executive Club Silver members will receive Flying Club Silver status with any booking
  • British Airways Executive Club Gold members will receive Flying Club Gold status with any booking

Remember that cash OR POINTS bookings are valid for a match.

Virgin Flying Club status cards

Hang on …. Virgin Flying Club Silver status doesn’t include lounge access

This is true. However, Virgin has thought of this.

Everyone who matches to Flying Club Silver will receive a pair of Clubhouse lounge passes once Terminal 3 reopens. (These are also being sent to existing Flying Club Silver members, so no-one loses out.)

This means that, for example, a BA Executive Silver member who books an Economy flight on Virgin Atlantic WILL be able to use the impressive Clubhouse lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3.

(Terminal 3 is expected to re-open in April – BA is already selling tickets for April for T3 departures – but this is not guaranteed. At present Virgin Atlantic passengers are using the Plaza Premium lounge in Terminal 2.)

What are the benefits of Virgin Atlantic Silver status?

Look at the Flying Club website here.

The key benefits are:

  • 30% bonus Virgin Points on every flight
  • use of Premium Economy check-in desks where available
  • priority boarding
  • free seat assignments in Economy Light
  • 7% off Virgin Holidays bookings
Virgin Atlantic will match your British Airways Executive Club status

What are the benefits of Virgin Atlantic Gold status?

Look at the Flying Club website here.

The key benefits are:

  • 60% bonus Virgin Points on every flight
  • Clubhouse access when flying Virgin or Delta, with a guest
  • Revivals (arrivals) lounge access at Heathrow
  • use of Upper Class check-in desks
  • priority boarding
  • free seat assignments in Economy Light
  • free exit row seating in Economy Classic
  • additional baggage allowance
  • 10% off Virgin Holidays bookings

Can I use my status on other airlines?

Yes.

You will receive reciprocal benefits on Delta, Air France and KLM flights.

There are also benefits when flying Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia if you are Flying Club Gold.

Virgin Atlantic is not in a major airline alliance, however.

Virgin Atlantic will match your British Airways Executive Club status

How long will my status last?

Virgin Flying Club status runs on a rolling 12-month basis. Your status will last for a year from the date you are upgraded.

Does this offer stack with the new ‘50% bonus Points and 50% bonus tier points’ offer?

Yes.

As we covered on Saturday, Virgin Atlantic is currently offering a 50% bonus of Points and tier points on new bookings – details here.

This means that it will be even easier to retain your matched status for another year.

How do I apply for my match?

You need to visit this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.

You will need to upload a photo or screenshot of your British Airways Executive Club membership card, as well as details of your upcoming Virgin Atlantic booking.

You need to apply by 28th February.

If you want to look at a potential sale booking to take advantage, you can browse the Virgin Atlantic Winter sale deals here.

PS. If you have been matched to Gold, remember that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards become a lot more attractive. This is because the annual voucher you receive for spending £10,000 or £20,000 is more flexible. This HfP article looks at how the Virgin Atlantic credit cards work – remember that the ‘Plus’ card has a 15,000 points bonus. You can apply here.

Comments (118)

  • BS says:

    I applied and got a (positive) response within 48 hours. Online account says gold, but email with match says I won’t get my card until I’ve taken my flight with them.

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