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Virgin Red – the new app which gives you additional possibilities for earning and spending Virgin Points – has launched its first genuinely interesting ‘earn’ offer.

From today, you can earn 15,000 Virgin Points by switching your current account to Virgin Money.

You will also receive a debit card with 0% FX fees on overseas transactions.

If you only signed up to Virgin Red last week, when it opened to Virgin Flying Club members, you would also receive another 500 Virgin Points on top as this would count as your first ‘earn transaction’.

How do I earn Virgin Points with a Virgin Money current account?

You need to apply via the Virgin Red app or website. The offer is not available directly on the Virgin Money website – the website has an alternative offer of a case of wine from Virgin Wines.

Open an account in the usual way.

Within 31 days of opening the account, do the following:

  • Complete a full bank switch using the ‘Current Account Switch Service’
  • Download and register for the Virgin Money mobile banking app
  • Transfer or set-up at least two Direct Debits to your new account and don’t cancel them until Virgin Money sends the Virgin Red promo code
  • Credit your linked Instant Access Savings Account with at least £1,000 and keep this in your account until Virgin Money sends the Virgin Red promo code

What special features does the Virgin Money current account have?

0% FX fees on foreign payments

The Virgin Money current account has one very interesting benefit for HfP readers. The debit card you receive has 0% FX fees on purchases and cash withdrawals abroad.

If you don’t currently have a 0% FX fees credit card, you could save substantial sums by using your Virgin Money debit card when travelling.

Earn 2% gross interest

You earn interest on your current account at 2% on balances up to £1,000. This is worth £20 per year.

The linked savings account which comes with your current account pays interest of 0.5%, which is also a very strong return in the current market.

Conclusion

We rarely see mileage-based offers on current accounts (Virgin Money has never offered one before today) so this is worth a look if your current bank is causing you grief – or if you simply like to switch annually to take advantage of sign-up offers.

The inclusion of a debit card with 0% FX fees will also be of interest to those of you who don’t have a 0% credit card in their purse or wallet.

For high earners, remember that Barclays Premier is launching an Avios-based offer in a few months. I am guessing that this will offer a 25,000 Avios sign-up incentive, if the 2018 trial was anything to go by. You need an income of £75,000 to apply for this, so anyone earning less might as well focus on the Virgin Money offer.


HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (April 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 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes 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 (143)

  • Benjamin says:

    Hi. Does anyone know when the bonus will show on the Virgin Red account?

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