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LAST CALL: Get a 50% bonus when you buy Virgin Points

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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 link to buy points is here.

Virgin Atlantic buy points last day

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

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 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 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 (22)

  • Saiz says:

    Can Delta flights be booked on the VA website or do we need to call?

  • IanM says:

    Yeh but Delta have doubled the cost of reward flights to UK, so although the taxes are negligible the points needed are 130k one way for Upper. Great potential for internal Delta flights though

    • Rob says:

      No change to Delta reward flights using VS transatlantic. Look at the article we link to. One-way is still 50k + $6 to mainland Europe.

      • IanM says:

        No incorrect, that’s just not the case – do a simple search one way ATL-MAN on (example 15 Sept) and you will see it is 120k +$5.60…..and this on on VA metal Upper Class – it USED to be 50-60k +£29 on Delta One.

        • IanM says:

          Indeed if I do mainland Europe, ATL-CDG it is 320,000 miles one way!!

        • Ken says:

          Ian, you need to look for Delta flights via the Virgin Atlantic website (not the Delta site)

          Direct flights one way from US to CDG are 50k points plus $6.

          With the whopping devaluation in January (to UK ) you have to wonder you long those rates will remain (or if availability will be severely restricted).

          • ianM says:

            Okay i see, a real glitch. Some between ATL and Stuttgart but they are very few and far between

  • Jonathan says:

    Rob you forgot to mention that Air France heavily restricts reward redemptions on their 1st class seats

  • Wenby says:

    Unrelated Virgin points oddity.
    My points balances are equal whether I log into Virgin Atlantic website, app or Virgin Red app.
    However only the Red app shows the points added from Octopus Energy electricity and gas on the activity log.

    • mr_jetlag says:

      I find Red app has more details and even shows the date your vouchers are earned, likely because it is newer and was built with the new programme in mind.

  • James says:

    Anyone willing to send me 1000 points? I only recently joined Flying club and you need a transaction before you can buy. I have done one but give how long it takes points to come through I was told getting a transfer would be the fastest and no one I know has points. Happy to pay the person back for the points and transfer cost.

    • ChrisC says:

      Not a good idea.

      It’s against the T&Cs to offer to buy and sell points.

      People have had their accounts closed down.

      • James says:

        How would you recommend getting a transaction on quickly then?

        • Peter K says:

          Tesco? Amex? Shopping portal?

          • James says:

            Already bought from the shopping portal. Points haven’t appeared yet. Only found this out yesterday.

        • Marie says:

          Hi, I requested a transfer of points from Marriott to Virgin yesterday, it was processed in about 12 hours and now I can buy Virgin points. Just FYI!

    • Chas says:

      Is this the same James I know in real life who I know posts using this handle? If so message me and I’ll donate 1,000 points free of charge.

      • James says:

        Hi Chas, I am not that James unfortunately. You seem like a good friend though :).

    • WaynedP says:

      Doesn’t seem to be any way of gifting or transferring points to others anymore. Old link on virgin website leads elsewhere and Virgin Red site only allows a handful of named charities that members can donate to.

      If your transaction hasn’t shown up yet today, I would call or text Virgin. Presumably they don’t want to lose out on receiving your cash, so there may be a way for them to post your points purchase transaction if they can see on their side that you’ve got a pending shopping portal purchase.

  • cinereus says:

    If there’s any way to transfer points I’ll sell up to a million for half that price.

  • Larry says:

    I’m finding it incredibly difficult to find availability for F from LHR-HND or FRA-HND (so far I’ve only found flights which offered F in the old seats). Is it feasible to expect to be able to redeem in F with the Suite?

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