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HUGE BONUS: Get up to 70% extra when you buy Virgin Points

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Virgin Flying Club has launched its biggest ever deal for buying Virgin Points – see here.

The maximum bonus is 70%. To put this in perspective, before 2020 Virgin Atlantic had never even run a 50% bonus. 15% to 30% was the best you could expect. 50% was big but the current 70% is huge.

As this scale, you should think about the offer even if Virgin Points are not usually your thing.

Get a 70% bonus buying Virgin Points

The link to buy points is here. The landing page mentions a 60% bonus but when you log in you will see that it goes up to 70%.

The closing date for the bonus is 14th August.  The bonus is staggered:

  • 20% bonus when you buy 5,000 – 24,000 points
  • 30% bonus when you buy 25,000 – 69,000 points
  • 50% bonus when you buy 70,000 – 99,000 points
  • 70% bonus when you buy 100,000 – 150,000 points

At the top end, 150,000 Virgin Points, which comes to 255,000 points with the bonus, will cost you £2,250.  This works out at 0.88p each.

0.88p is exceptionally cheap for a direct miles purchase. Most Virgin Atlantic commercial partners will be paying the airline more than 0.88p for their miles.

What sort of deals can you get with 0.88p miles?

The issue with Virgin Points is that there are virtually no short haul opportunities to spend them. The best deals are long haul Business Class flights across the Virgin Atlantic network, and of course the route network is limited.

You can see the Virgin Atlantic reward chart on this page of their website.

Unsurprisingly, the numbers are not dissimilar to the Avios chart and you will find that taxes and charges are also very similar.

There is no point paying 0.88p per point unless you want premium cabin flights.

The Virgin Red app (download here) has a huge number of interesting redemptions but they are almost all based on giving you 0.5p per point. Similarly, using your Virgin Points to part-pay for a cash Virgin Atlantic flight or a Virgin Holiday will get you around 0.55p as we show here. This isn’t any good if you paid 0.88p for them.

Get up to 70% extra when you buy Virgin Points

There are great deals with partners

Here is the upside:

  • The fact that you can now book Air France and KLM flights with Virgin Points is HUGE. Suddenly, parts of the world which were not available to you because of the limited Virgin Atlantic network are bookable. Our in-depth look at redeeming Virgin Points on Air France and KLM is here. It is a shame that this launched one month before covid wrecked the airline industry – I still don’t know anyone who has flown a long-haul Air France or KLM flight using Virgin Points.

Don’t forget the 2-4-1 voucher with the Virgin Atlantic credit cards

If you do choose to buy points, remember that you receive 15,000 Virgin Points with the £160 Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card.  You may prefer to do this than buying another 15,000 points. 

Our full review of the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card is here. This article also gives you an overview of how the 2-4-1 voucher issued by the Virgin credit cards works, and I will cover it separately in an article over the weekend. Buying points for 0.88p and redeeming them with a Virgin Atlantic 2-4-1 voucher would offer excellent value.

You can also convert American Express Membership Rewards points into 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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Amex Reward Credit Card ARCC

American Express Rewards

The only ‘free for life’ Amex card which earns Membership Rewards Read our full review

The link to buy Virgin Points is here.

HFP Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card

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):

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 (93)

  • ChrisW says:

    I haven’t redeemed a single virgin point in 18 months and have no idea how I will ever use the points I have.

  • Jon says:

    Is the ‘ANA Tool’ still a thing ?

    (-a memory from when I was BMI ‘Diamond for life’ ! )

  • Paul says:

    Is it crackers for me to ask whether there’s value in buying for the purpose of converting to Hilton?

    • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

      I suspect the answer is that it depends on what value you place on Hilton Honors points. If you value them in-line with HfP’s estimate (0.33p/pt) then buying Virgin miles at 0.89p to convert at 2:3 gives a cost per Honor point of 0.59p/pt. That doesn’t look like value to me. You can buy them direct from Hilton a 1c/pt (c. 0.72p) so this Virgin route is cheaper than their standard rate but Hilton often have 100% bonus point sales so you are likely better waiting unless you have a specific and valuable redemption in mind with a short time window.

  • Boi says:

    Mmmm I have been earning 19950/month without fail with their credit card. That’s not going to happen come August 5th.

    Any opportunities redeeming from western Canada to compel one to buy in this?

    Ps, I don’t convert to HH coz I have over a million (nearly 2M) due to Honors credit card.

    • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

      In the same boat here Boi – here’s hoping that the Aug 5th change may not have the impact we’re all so worried about 🙁

      • Nikhil says:

        What’s the significance of August 5th?

        • Rob says:

          It’s when the Virgin credit cards change how they treat transactions from intermediary cards.

          • Nikhil says:

            Thanks Rob. Is there an article on this that I have missed somewhere? I use my Virgin card through Curve to pay HMRC a lot, so will that be affected? N

          • Rob says:

            No-one knows

          • bazza says:

            More than likely you will have to pack that in. No paying of debt?

          • Roy says:

            @Nikhil If you have a Virgin credit card, you should have received an email from Virgin about changes to the terms and conditions – including changes to what is treated as a cash advance.

      • Boi says:

        GG it has been great. The combination of virgin, HH and IHG cc have been wonderful. Let’s see what Aug 5 brings. 😢

    • Ian says:

      Tell us more about August 5th?

  • Paul says:

    Total newbie here considering buying enough + bonus for 190000 for 2 x business returns on ANA – but not clear in how we’d redeem or check what can be redeemed?

    • KBuffett says:

      Same here, I’m a Virgin virgin. Tempted to buy now and redeem later on a long haul upper class.
      Do redemptions get lounge access?

    • FlyingChris says:

      I wouldn’t jump in with the goal being ANA unless you are confident you can find a redemption. From my experience, it’s exceptionally hard to find 2 seats (especially if you want to travel direct from London and/or inflexible on dates). Virgin’s own website can’t search ANA award space, so you need to look for milage awards on another airline’s website – I usually use United’s (I know OMAAT has blogged a guide on this). If you find availability you then need to call Virgin. I believe Virgin may even be able to hold the tickets for you for 48 hours as well – so can research your options and check availability before purchasing the miles – which I’d recommend so you don’t end up stuck not being able to find seats. Apparently more availability if prepared to start journey from Europe (or even America!).

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Virgin upgrade voucher Q – can you easily call and book a cash premium seat and upgrade it to upper in one call?

  • Glenn says:

    Does anyone know if this shows as a Virgin Atlantic purchase if you use a Virgin Credit Card to gain additional points? If not I will probably pay with my BA Amex 🙂

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