Back in May 2021, Virgin Red launched a new way of letting you earn Virgin Points – its own exclusive train ticket booking platform, called Virgin Trains Ticketing.
At the time Virgin Trains Ticketing was only available as an extra function inside the Virgin Red app. No longer – it is now downloadable as a stand-alone app.
It is a very simple structure:
- you can log in to Virgin Trains Ticketing by using your existing Virgin Red ID and password
- you can book rail tickets across England, Scotland and Wales
- you earn 3 Virgin Points per £1 spent
- there are no booking fees with e-tickets (there is one if you choose station collection)
- there are no delivery fees with e-tickets or station collection
E-tickets sit inside the app or, in a change, can now be downloaded into your mobile wallet.
As long as the rail company you are using does not have exclusive discounts for users of its own website, you will be getting the same price as you would pay elsewhere.
From time to time, LNER runs a 5% cashback deal on American Express cards. When this offer is running, the LNER website should be the most rewarding place to book rail travel irrespective of which train company you are travelling on. Avanti West Coast has also run a similar Amex offer recently.
In the absence of these deals, the Virgin Points offer is competitive.
Note that you need to have a Virgin Red account in order to collect Virgin Points from Virgin Trains Ticketing. Having a standalone Virgin Flying Club account is not enough – you need to register for Virgin Red and link it to your Flying Club account.
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.
(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.)