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How two million Virgin Points can get you a trip to space on Virgin Galactic

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Virgin Galactic is progressing with its plans to make commercial space flights a reality, with test flights now underway. The first commercial flight is currently scheduled for Q2 2003.

Those who registered and paid in advance were charged $250,000. Once services are operational, the company states that the fare will be higher.

If you consider $250,000 too much, your miles might help you get closer to a flight.  As you can see on this Virgin Atlantic page, you can use your Virgin Points for a ticket.

How many Virgin Points do you need to go into space?

2,000,000.

It isn’t that straightforward either.

Only one ticket is available for a Virgin Points redemption. You need to ring Flying Club to register your interest and, once commercial flights are bookable, Flying Club will randomly pick a winner. No miles will be taken from your account until that point.

Importantly, this offer is only available to members who have earned two million miles from Virgin Atlantic flights, not from partner activity. Transferring American Express points won’t cut it.

A few years ago, you could get a discount on a Virgin Galactic flight by using your miles. 200,000 Virgin Points got you a 10% discount, which was exceptionally good value. This offer is no longer available, unfortunately.

If you’re interested, you can learn how to register your interest on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.


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 (16)

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  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Two million East Coast Rewards points was enough to get you on the first ever UK Hyperloop trip.

    Well that’s about as likely to happen!

  • Patrick says:

    Reminds me of the PepsiCo ad a few decades ago, where they were advertising a Harrier for a few million points.

  • John says:

    Presumably that is a typo and flights are scheduled to launch in 2023 (not 2003!)

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