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.
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 (March 2023)
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 15,000 Virgin Points):
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
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 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.)