Virgin Atlantic has brought back its ‘Miles Booster’ promotion – now renamed ‘Points Booster’ following the transition from Virgin Flying Club miles to Virgin Points.
‘Points Booster’ IS a potentially very good deal. This version is as generous as it ever gets, both in terms of the discount and the number of points you can buy.
Whilst this offer ran regularly pre-covid, it hasn’t been seen for a while so I will run over how it works in details.
Miles Booster only works if you have a Virgin Atlantic cash or reward flight booked or have taken one in the last six months. With this offer, you are able to buy an additional 300% of the base miles you will earn from the flight for just 0.71p each.
How Virgin’s Points Booster works
If you have a New York economy flight booked, for example, you would earn 6,916 base miles from your trip.
Miles Booster allows you to buy up to 20,748 additional miles for just 1p each. Plus, with this promotion, you would get an extra 20% to 40% bonus as well.
The bonus is staggered:
- buy 1x miles flown and you get a 20% bonus
- buy 2x miles flown and you get a 30% bonus
- buy 3x miles flown and you get a 40% bonus
The maths in this article are based on buying 3x and getting the full 40% bonus.
If you maximised the Points Booster option for a New York economy flight, you would be able to buy a total of 29,047 Virgin Points for just £207.48. That is 0.71p each, which is well worth considering.
You can retrospectively buy points via Points Booster for any Virgin Atlantic flights taken in the last six months, cash or reward, although this requires a call to Flying Club. Yes, even previously flown or currently booked redemptions count.
Note that – for flights which you have not yet taken – you will not receive your Points Booster points until after you have flown.
Even if you don’t have any current bookings, you may be able to take advantage of this based on recent flights you’ve taken. At this price, I would consider the Points Booster deal if you know that you will be using them in the short or medium term. The only risk factor is that Upper Class seat availability with Virgin Atlantic is currently very tight, so you would be betting on the picture improving.
This offer runs until 30th June.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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):
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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