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Virgin Flying Club is currently running a repeat of its biggest ever deal for buying Virgin Points – see here.

The maximum bonus is 70%, but you need to have Silver or Gold status in Virgin Flying Club to get this. 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.

For those without any status in Virgin Flying Club, the bonus is 60%.

The link to buy points is here.

Get a 70% bonus buying Virgin Points

The closing date for the bonus is 11th March.

The bonus is staggered and is based on whether you have Silver or Gold status or not:

  • 15% or 20% bonus when you buy 5,000 – 24,000 points
  • 20% or 30% bonus when you buy 25,000 – 69,000 points
  • 40% or 50% bonus when you buy 70,000 – 119,000 points
  • 60% or 70% bonus when you buy 120,000 – 200,000 points

At the top end, 200,000 Virgin Points, which comes to 340,000 points with the 70% bonus, will cost you £3,000.  This works out at 0.88p each. If you only qualify for the 60% bonus, you are paying 0.94p 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.

Availability, apart from New York, is also pretty tight at present in Upper Class, although this should pass. You should definitely do a search for availability on your preferred routes before buying if you have a specific trip in mind.

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:

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. 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:

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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.

Comments (32)

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  • NC says:

    Is this a good way to buy unlimited Hilton points?

  • Olly says:

    I’m assuming as it’s a partner redemption, the Virgin 241 cannot be used on ANA?

    • The guru says:

      Only for virgin

    • Jonathan says:

      You can only use the VS 241 on their own flights, it can’t be used on other partner airlines of theirs

    • Peter says:

      No, but there is 0 availability anyway. And it’s not gonna get better once Japan opens up (if they ever will)

      • meta says:

        There is quite a lot of availability to/from Japan , you just need to be quick. If you don’t call the first thing in the morning when they are released by Virgin, it’s gone. I am currently holding 2 tickets for late Sep and also 2 x end of Jan next year which I will probably move to April when they are released.

        • Sarah says:

          When I tried to check availability on the ANA site it said I had to log in. Is this correct or is there another way of checking? Thanks

        • Tom says:

          Do they tap into the same inventory as other Star Alliance partners? And can you book online or have to phone up?

          • meta says:

            You need to call right on the dot at 7am with Virgin as they are gone within 10-15 minutes.

        • Matthew says:

          How far in advance are they release with Virgin? Is it just 2 business seats or first class too? Thanks

    • memesweeper says:

      Correct

  • Degsy says:

    Rob: any intel if another Miles Booster promo is due again any time soon? It’s been a while since the last one.
    Thx

  • Nick says:

    Not bad, if there was any reward availability out there. Was thinking for friends, to go Orlando near April half term. NOTHING has come up since November 2022. Unlikely to bother.

  • captaindave says:

    I know that for Virgin ==> Hilton transfers it has be be a minimum of 10K Virgin points… Does it have to be in 10K chunks after that ?

    Can you transfer 11K Virgin points for example ?
    Ta

  • YC says:

    Any further updates if VA miles can be used for SQ redemption (from Europe)?

  • IanT says:

    Apologies, but I’ll re-post this on here seeing as it’s Virgin points related. It may be of use to someone…

    Off topic, but Virgin Points related…

    Our friends and ourselves (both Red status) have both made Virgin Reward bookings (using 2-4-1 vouchers) 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?

    • Gulz says:

      The 1.5x miles is when using the voucher as a 2-4-1 and not when upgrading from PE to UC. Also note that the 2-4-1 can be used for 1 return or 2 one way flights. So if you redeem UC to HK return as a red member (115k miles) and get a companion ticket, you will use the voucher + 50% (57.5k) miles (total 172.k miles + voucher for return in UC). If you redeem as an upgrade, you will pay 22.5k miles per person for the one way flight (total 45k miles + voucher for one way in UC).

      • IanT says:

        I’m not sure I understand it properly then, in that case.

        Here’s what I’ve done:

        I’m a Red member, and have paid 65,000 (2 x Prem Econ 32,500) miles and used 1 upgrade voucher for me and my wife to fly in Upper Class to Hong Kong on a peak date (December).

        Is that correct? Where does the 1.5 come in?

        • Anuj says:

          The 1.5x comes in if you used your points for one person in full, if you’ve redeemed in premium econ or uk then the second ticket instead of being free (exclusive of taxes) is 1/2 the points of the other ticket. As you’ve upgraded instead of redeemed in full it doesn’t apply.

        • Gulz says:

          it doesn’t. You’ve used your voucher as 2 x one-way “upgrade” from PE to UC. This doesn’t include the flight back to UK.
          Had you bought a return flight redemption in UC for yourself, then you could have used the voucher + 50% miles for a return ticket for your wife.

          • IanT says:

            Got you, thanks. I understand now.

            We’re not returning from Hong Kong as we’re cruising so it was always going to be a one-way redemption.

      • Anuj says:

        Can you use the voucher for one flight then ‘keep’ it for using a few moths later for another single flight?

      • TimM says:

        This really needs clarifying. I deduced from Rob’s article that anything involving a voucher and Upper Class meant only 1.5 x the benefit if one were a Red member.

        So is it possible to use a voucher to upgrade two people from premium, on cash or redemption tickets, to UC, with a voucher with nothing else to pay, in points or cash, one-way?

  • Fraser says:

    It would be good to get some more examples of AF/KLM redemption sweet spots using Virgin Points.

    For example I found CDG to Guadeloupe at the end of September for 97,000 points plus €607. The same with Air France is 135,000 AF miles plus €427 (or, to be exact, the exact same flight back was pricing at a further 83,000 miles but this is the lowest price on the same day).

    For cash, it prices at €2159 in the sale (earning 8132 AF miles and 60 XP), so gives a value of 1.15 eurocents (or 1p) per AF mile or 1.41 eurocents (1.22p) per Virgin Point.

    Eg at the top end of this bonus, the miles would cost £853.60 (€981.64) so €1588.64 or a €570 saving (just under €500 after the value of the foregone AF miles).

    And lots of miles left over for over-priced Greggs sausage rolls 😛

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