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Virgin Atlantic extends Virgin Flying Club status and vouchers – for the fifth time

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Virgin Atlantic has announced a further set of status extensions for Flying Club members.

If you have Gold or Silver status with Virgin, you will see an additional SIX months of status has been applied to your account.

(If you don’t see it yet, give it 24 hours. Do not call Virgin Atlantic.)

This is the fifth extension that members have received to date, and means that members who held status in March 2020 will have seen a total extension of 24 months.

All outstanding Clubhouse, upgrade and 2-4-1 vouchers have also been extended by a further six months.

It’s not clear if Virgin Atlantic sees this as a final extension or not. Even if long-haul travel to the USA opens up in the next few months, both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways face a more fundamental problem.

Current status programmes are based on generating a certain number of members at each tier in order to control benefits such as lounge access.

Unless there are medium term changes to how the loyalty programmes operate – such as permanent cuts in tier point requirements – the airlines will soon start to haemorrhage status members as they fail to requalify. BA’s 25% cut in tier point requirements is unlikely to be enough to keep the tier numbers where they should be, and alienating current status members will be the last thing that anyone wants to do.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.)

Comments (62)

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  • Alan says:

    Well done, Virgin. Received my email re this earlier today. Particularly pleased the vouchers have been extended given how useful they now are with the genuine improvements they made to them a year or so ago 👍 Now to see what BA do…

    • Journeying John says:

      We know BAs response… The absolute minimum they can get away with, followed by further cuts in service and restrictions on benefits.

  • Louie says:

    What’s the total extension for the vouchers now? Two years?

  • Jonathan says:

    Any bets on BA being more open minded on their 241 voucher, maybe letting you access The Concorde Room with one, or letting cash tickets be up upgraded instead of taking a travel companion with you (which many people simply don’t have)

    • Andrew says:

      Given that they’ve just overhauled the 241 voucher, I would say chance of any other changes in the next few years are zero

  • Jimmy says:

    Such a big difference between VS and BA.

    VS genuinely seem to want to improve things for customers, BA on the other hand…….

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    Oh dear, well I’m non the wiser after receiving the email and checking the voucher issue dates in Red.
    How long would they have been valid for from issue date, fly or book by date?
    How long in total have the vouchers been extended for?

    • davef says:

      Tweet them with your FC number, dave and DOB and you’ll get a very fast reply. I just got mine sorted within half an hour. Reply is super comprehensive and tells me dates and how I can use them.

      • davef says:

        FC number, full name and DOB… typo day today 🙂

      • Yorkieflyer says:

        Only thing is what is this tweet of which you speak? Don’t do social media

        • davef says:

          Neither do I to be honest, but I’ve found that over the past couple of years having a secret twitter account that only gets used for complaining/contacting airlines by DM is the only way to get things done.
          Props to Qatar, AA, Easyjet, Virgin, and Aer Lingus who all have fantastic twitter response teams. Forget about Avis, Hilton, Delta who dont.

          • Carpal Travel says:

            I am absolutely the same. Currys, who’s ineptitude and obtuseness, clearly fresh from the school of NTL, seem only to offer any kind of CS via Twitter. After three chasing DM’s I finally got a resolution. All other attempts with them failed miserably.

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