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Virgin Red has teamed up with SquareMeal, the restaurant booking service, to allow you to earn Virgin Points when you eat out.

There are three ways to earn.

You can, as you would expect, earn 100 points when you book a restaurant via the SquareMeal website. You can get an extra 25 points by leaving a review afterwards.

More interestingly, you can earn up to 3,000 points when you pay with a registered credit card at selected restaurants – even if you didn’t book via SquareMeal.

SquareMeal Virgin Points

How does the offer work?

If you don’t already have a SquareMeal account, you can register via this page of the SquareMeal website.

The link above is my refer a friend link, which will earn you an additional 500 points after your first meal booking.

During registration, you will be asked if you want to earn SquareMeal points, worth 1p each towards future meal bookings, or Virgin Points.

  • If you say ‘SquareMeal points’, you will earn 200 SquareMeal points when you register
  • If you say ‘Virgin Points’, you don’t get any bonus

However, if you say ‘SquareMeal points’ and then switch to Virgin Points when your account is active, your 200 SquareMeal points do NOT get turned into Virgin Points. Will you ever use them for anything? No idea!

Already got a SquareMeal account?

Log in and head to your profile. You’ll see that you can now switch from earning SquareMeal points to Virgin Points.

As far as I can tell, your existing points balance will NOT be converted. Only future points earned will be sent to Virgin.

You need a Virgin Red account

In order to earn Virgin Points from SquareMeal, you need a Virgin Red account. It isn’t enough to have a Virgin Flying Club account.

If you are not already registered with Virgin Red, download their app, create an account and link it to your Virgin Flying Club account. You should do this anyway, as Virgin Red has lots of additional ways to earn and spend Virgin Points.

SquareMeal will ask for the email address linked to your Virgin Red account as part of the registration process.

How do I earn Virgin Points with SquareMeal?

There are three routes.

Each time you make a restaurant booking via the website (there is no app), you earn 100 Virgin Points.

Each time you review a restaurant you have booked via the site, you earn 25 Virgin Points.

Each time you dine at a restaurant with an exclusive card-linked offer running, you receive up to 3,000 Virgin Points – even if you didn’t book by SquareMeal.

Here is an example of the card-linked offers available near the HfP office:

SquareMeal Virgin Points

As you can see, if we nip up to the top floor of our building we will earn 2,000 Virgin Points if we dine at Coq d’Argent.

Alternatively, if we nip around the corner to Brasserie Blanc, we will earn 10 Virgin Points for every £1 we spend as a returning diner (2nd visit within 60 days). New diners receive 300 Virgin Points.

You must register your credit card on the SquareMeal website to trigger these bonuses. Remember that you don’t need to have booked via SquareMeal.

Conclusion

SquareMeal doesn’t have the range of OpenTable – it is primarily used for booking business lunches – but it offers an easy way of picking up some extra Virgin Points.

This is especially true of the card linked offers, where you can pick up Virgin Points simply by linking your payment cards to your SquareMeal profile. You never need to visit the site again if you choose, and you may pick up the odd chunk of points when dining out.

You can register via my referral link here which will get you an additional 500 points after your first completed booking.


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.)

Comments (9)

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  • Rob H says:

    Better or poorer choice than IHG restaurants?

  • Phil says:

    I signed up and got this error message:
    Oops! An error occurred
    Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. We’ve been notified about this issue and are fixing it.
    In the meantime please go back to our home page.

    Tried again and it said I already have an account. Logged in the the details I used 1st. Didn’t get verification email. Clicked resend verification email. Still waiting for it. Hmmm…..

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    “(there is no app)” ???? This actually rings alarm bells, or is very weird. What kind of serious convenience-led internet-based business stops supporting a mobile app in 2022 when even small rural takeaways have one? Is this business in its death throes?

  • IanT says:

    Off topic, but Virgin Points related…

    Our friends and ourselves (both Red status) have both made Virgin Reward bookings in the last few days and haven’t been charged the 1.5 amount of miles needed for us to upgrade from Premium to Upper Class.

    4 x Upper Class seats to Hong Kong for 130,000, whereas it should’ve been 195,000.

    A mistake or a change in policy?

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