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Singapore Airlines is, for the next 11 months, running a promotion where you can get Silver or Gold status by transferring credit card points into its KrisFlyer loyalty scheme.

We discussed this at length in an article on Thursday – see here.

A reader reminded me of an extra perk which I added into the article later in the day. A little known benefit of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold status is that you can access the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Heathrow Terminal 3 (review here) when it reopens. See the image below.

Our most recent review of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow is here.

You must be travelling on a Virgin Atlantic operated flight, not a codeshare or a Delta service, in order to do this. No guests are allowed.

You can confirm the rules on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.

Clearly it isn’t worth converting a large chunk of American Express or HSBC Premier points to Singapore Airlines just to get Virgin Clubhouse access for 12 months.

However, when you factor in the benefits of Star Alliance Gold status – including lounge access – and, more importantly, the reward flights you could book with the points you transfer, it does begin to look interesting.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (April 2023)

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 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee 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 bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.)

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