Friday is your last day to take part in the sale that Virgin Atlantic is running when you buy points.
The maximum bonus is 50% for anyone who purchases 100,000+ points. It is VERY rare for Virgin Atlantic to run a bonus this big. Until February 2020, it had never run a 50% bonus as far back as HfP records show, ie 2012.
The closing date for the bonus is 30th April. The bonus is staggered:
- 15% bonus when you buy 5,000 – 24,000 points
- 30% bonus when you buy 25,000 – 69,000 points
- 40% bonus when you buy 70,000 – 99,000 points
- 50% bonus when you buy 100,000 – 150,000 points
What does this cost per Virgin Point?
At the top end, 150,000 Virgin Points, which comes to 225,000 points with the bonus, will cost you £2,250. This works out at exactly 1p each.
As usual with these deals, it is best to only buy if you have a specific redemption in mind or are topping up your account. 1p per point is OK, and it shouldn’t be difficult to redeem them at a ‘profit’ compared to cash prices, but I would want to know for certain that I would be using them in a profitable way.
One of the best uses of Virgin Points is to fly ANA’s amazing new First and Business Class seats to Japan. You need a fraction of points you’d need if you used Avios on BA or JAL, or indeed Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic itself. Following a recent rule change, you can now book these one-way.
You can now redeem Virgin Points across KLM and Air France, long haul and short haul. This includes the new Air France direct flights from Heathrow to Nice.
Don’t forget redemptions on Delta Air Lines either. Delta flights from the US to Europe, excluding the UK, come with just £4 of taxes making them remarkable value.
Virgin Atlantic itself is also pushing ahead with new routes. The latest announcement was St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean which launches this Summer.
The link to buy Virgin Points is here. The 50% bonus offer ends on Friday.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (August 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):
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:
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