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 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.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 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):
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.
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.
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.)