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?
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 (December 2023)
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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