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Earn double Virgin Points with Virgin Trains Ticketing

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Last year Virgin Red launched a new way of letting you earn Virgin Points – its own exclusive train ticket booking platform, called Virgin Trains Ticketing. It was originally part of the Virgin Red app but is now available as a standalone download.

It is a very simple structure:

  • you earn 3 Virgin Points per £1 spent
  • there are no booking fees with e-tickets (there is a fee if you choose station collection)
Virgin Trains Ticketing double points

According to the comments below, it IS now possible to load e-tickets bought via Virgin Trains Ticketing into Apple Wallet.

Until 30th September, you will receive 6 Virgin Points per £1 spent.

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.

However, at the moment LNER is offering 7% to 12% cashback on most American Express cards and you can use their website to book tickets for any train company. If you don’t have access to an LNER offer, Virgin Trains Ticketing should be competitive.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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 Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus 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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.)

Comments (11)

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  • Tolu says:

    I just wanted to mention you can now add tickets purchased from Virgin to apple wallet from the Trains Ticketing app.

  • t0m says:

    LNER also sometimes appears on Nectar Connect…

  • ianM says:

    IHG ‘sale’ prices in Glasgow have gone up from a couple of days ago for my dates in October. Were £128 now £135

  • Vit says:

    Thanks Rob. Plan to be in Norway for 10 days or so in November so Radisson offer is perfect. I wonder if third party (amex travel) booking would trigger the bonus point though.. Last time it did.

  • Dace says:

    Talking of bonus points for booking via a different means. I was talking to a BA Gold agent the other day and she told me that if I booked my hotels via BA/her I got 8 Avios per £1. Does anyone know if these bookings can be credited to your IHG/Hilton etc accounts for points accural?

  • Kate Last says:

    My business spends tens of thousands of pounds on train tickets per year. Do you know of a multi users ticketing platform that also rewards?

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