Virgin Flying Club is currently running a repeat of its biggest ever deal for buying Virgin Points – see here. The offer runs until the end of the year.
To put this in perspective, before 2020 Virgin Atlantic had never even run a 50% bonus. 15% to 30% was the best you could expect. 50% was big but the current 70% is huge.
This time, unlike in previous promotions, the bonus depends on how many points you buy.
The maximum bonus is 70%, but you need to buy at least 120,000 points to get this. Here is the breakdown:
- 5,000 – 24,000 points = 20% bonus
- 25,000 – 69,000 points = 30% bonus
- 70,000 – 119,000 points = 50% bonus
- 120,000 – 200,000 points = 70% bonus
The maximum number of points you can buy is 200,000, which is double the normal annual cap.
At the top end, 200,000 Virgin Points, which comes to 340,000 points with the 70% bonus, will cost you £3,000. This works out at 0.88p each. If you only qualify for the 60% bonus, you are paying 0.94p each.
0.88p is exceptionally cheap for a direct miles purchase. Most Virgin Atlantic commercial partners will be paying the airline more than 0.88p for their miles. That said, as always, we don’t recommend buying speculatively.
Don’t forget …. Virgin Atlantic is joining the SkyTeam alliance in January. This will open up redemptions across new partners such as Aeromexico, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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