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Match your Flying Club Gold status to the new Virgin Voyages Sailing Club

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Whilst we don’t normally cover cruise travel on Head for Points, we have been looking at the new Virgin Voyages operation.

We visited Scarlet Lady, the first ship, in The Bahamas late last year. We’ve also sent a lot of readers off on Virgin Voyages cruises thanks to the exceptionally generous Virgin Points redemption deals which have been running recently. Frankly, it has been the best redemption deal of the year across any airline or hotel programme.

Virgin Voyages Sailing Club

Virgin Voyages has now announced its own loyalty programme – Virgin Voyages Sailing Club. Full details are on the Virgin Voyages website here.

We don’t intend to look into this in detail because we don’t know anything about how it compares to other cruise loyalty schemes. However, I want to flag two things:

  • if you have Gold status in Virgin Flying Club, you can enrol as a Sea Rover – this unlocks a generous list of extra perks when you make a booking
  • if you’ve done two trips in 2022, which is possible if you’ve been taking advantage of the redemption deals, you will also qualify for Sea Rover status (assuming that Virgin Red redemption sailings count – EDIT, they do NOT count according to the comments)

Virgin Voyages will also give you Sea Rover status if you have status with any other cruise programme.

You can learn more about Virgin Voyages Sailing Club here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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 Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

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 Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (72)

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  • Ron says:

    The best thing about the United Amex offer is that it is sort of ‘stackable’ if you have the same offer across multiple cards
    e.g., if the itinerary you want to book is over £1k, you can first book an itinerary that is around £500, then turn it into a future travel credit, and use the credit to book your £1k+ itinerary (and pay the difference with the other Amex that has the United offer) For most east coast destinations and Denver, you can fly there in economy and return in Business with £1.1-1.2k

    • Florian says:

      Hey, thanks for the tips! Is all the ticket eligible to « travel credit » at the moment?

  • dan says:

    Just wondering – say I book a flight and turn it into future travel credit, is that future trip booked with the credit eligible for the amex travel insurance?

  • paul says:

    For anyone who likes cruises, Carnival (CCL.L) Shares are still good value at £7.43 (usually between £23 and £55 pre-Covid).

    100 Carnival Shares will get you Shareholder Benefits as follows – and hopefully share price increase too.

    Carnival Corporation & plc is pleased to extend the following benefit to our shareholders:

    Onboard credit per stateroom on sailings of 14 days or longer US $250 (US Brands) €200 (Europe) £150 (UK) A$250 (Australia)

    Onboard credit per stateroom on sailings of 7 to 13 days US $100 € 75 £ 60 A$100

    Onboard credit per stateroom on sailings of 6 days or less US $ 50 € 40 £ 30 A$ 50

  • Chancer says:

    Regarding Amex/United – looks like a con to me. I just looked up something random, LON – ZRH return, 21/10 – 28/10, and it wants upwards of £1600 for economy!

    • Rob says:

      It’s almost certainly routing you via New York …

      • Chancer says:

        No Rob, I’ve still got the page open and it’s showing that’s a direct flight.

        • Chancer says:

          06:00Departing at 06:00
          08:40Arriving at 08:40
          LHROrigin London, GB (LHR)
          1H, 40MDuration 1 hours and 40 minutes
          ZRHDestination Zürich, CH (ZRH)
          Operated By SWISS International Airlines
          LX 345 (Airbus A220-300)Flight Number LX 345. Aircraft Airbus A220-300



          Economy (Y)

          • Rob says:

            It’s Y, so fully flexible economy (effectively a walk up fare, good for any flight on any day or a full refund). That’s what you’d expect to pay.

    • Rhys says:

      Loads of sub £400 fares to the US East Coast when I wrote the article 🙂

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