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Virgin Trains Ticketing launched as a standalone points-earning app

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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

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (August 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, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

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.)

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