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Can you do a Virgin Atlantic tier point run on Singapore Airlines?

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On Saturday we wrote about the new Singapore Airlines ‘fifth freedom’ flights between Milan and Barcelona, which launch on 17th January.

This joined Copenhagen to Rome as a cheap way of trying out Singapore Airlines business class without leaving Europe.

A reader reminded me that you earn Virgin Atlantic tier points when flying on Singapore Airlines.

Virgin Atlantic tier points Singapore Airlines

For short haul flights under 2,000 miles like these, you’d earn:

  • 25 tier points each way in Economy
  • 75 tier points each way in Business
  • 125 tier points each way in First (if available)

Milan to Barcelona is around €250 each way in Business Class. If you are pushing for Virgin Atlantic status, you could pick up some tier points fairly easily by building this flight into a short break around Southern Europe.

If you already have Virgin Flying Club Gold status, you’d also benefit on these flights from

  • an extra piece of hold luggage up to 20kg
  • business class check in
  • priority baggage
  • priority boarding

You’d also get lounge access if flying from an airport where Singapore Airlines has a branded lounge, but that won’t apply to Milan – Barcelona.

You can check out the tier point earning on Singapore Airlines flights on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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 30,000 points until 6th June 2022):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

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 Amex Gold

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

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

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Virgin Points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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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