Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

How to redeem your Virgin Points at Greggs – a step-by-step guide!

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

This is actually a serious article, although I accept that you may have your doubts ….

When the Virgin Red app launched two years ago as the new ‘home’ for your Virgin Points, the ability to redeem your points at Greggs became – for better or worse – the highest profile redemption.

Whilst most Head for Points readers would see redeeming for ANA’s amazing new business and First Class seats to Tokyo to be the ultimate redemption, it was Greggs that people were talking about.

How to redeem your Virgin Points at Greggs

If you are not a Virgin Red member, you can register for free here.

How do you redeem Virgin Points at Greggs?

I was interested to see how the redemption process works and how smooth it is. It is two years since I last wrote about this, and I can honestly say I haven’t had a sausage roll in the intervening period!

A Greggs sausage roll costs £1.15, at least on Cheapside by our office, and it requires 200 Virgin Points. You’re getting 0.575p per point.

The first thing to say is that Greggs redemptions are not great value. 0.575p per Virgin Point is weak.

You can smash this with a premium cabin flight redemption in most cases, where you should be aiming for 1p.

Redeeming via the Virgin Red app

Assuming that you have registered for Virgin Red and then downloaded the Virgin Red app and linked it to your Virgin Atlantic account, the first thing to do is find Greggs products on the long list of redemptions. Unless you filter by ‘Food and Drink’ it will take a while.

This is what you are looking for, if a sausage roll is your goal:

Redeem Virgin Points at Greggs

Click into it and you see a big ‘Redeem’ button.

The points are deducted from your account and a QR code created. It pops up on screen, and I would recommend saving it as a screenshot in case you have reception problems when you are inside the store:

How to redeem your Virgin Points at Greggs

The voucher is valid for a month. You can also see it inside the ‘Vouchers’ section of the Virgin Red app:

How to redeem your Virgin Points at Greggs

There is some small print which is emailed to you after you have redeemed. Here are the highlights:

  • Code is only valid for either a single Sausage Roll or Vegan Sausage Roll
  • Code is redeemable with Greggs up until the ‘Valid Until’ date noted on the code
  • You must display your code to a member of staff at Greggs
  • Code is valid for one use only
  • Only one code can be used per person per visit
  • Subject to availability and while stocks lasts. If there are no Sausage Rolls or Vegan Sausage Rolls available, an alternative product may be supplied by Greggs (at equal or lesser value) but this is not guaranteed
  • Valid for take away only – product cannot be consumed in store
  • Please note, Virgin Red codes are not valid / accepted at Greggs stores located within service stations
  • Code is non-refundable, non-transferable and has no cash value (or cash value equivalent)
  • Codes do not qualify for a Greggs Rewards stamp and they cannot be added to the Greggs Rewards app

How does it work in practice?

It is a slick process, I have to admit.

Having tracked down a branch of Greggs, I asked for a sausage roll and scanned the QR code on a scanner at the till when asked to pay.

It scanned first time and I was left with nothing to pay.

Caffe Nero redemptions with Nectar points work in exactly the same way. Using 350 Nectar points for a Caffe Nero drink – any drink, any size – is the best way of spending Nectar points. This offer comes and goes, however, and is not currently available.

(EDIT: As per the comments, it IS currently available but it is not being promoted via the app under ‘Partner Offers’. You need to type ‘Nero’ into the search box for it to come up.)

Conclusion

Using your Virgin Points at Greggs isn’t a great way to redeem if you’re looking to maximise the value you get.

However, I am impressed by the technology behind it and by the way that Virgin Red has got it working. I’m sure there are other retailers who would be interested in similar spontaneous redemptions, especially those who – like Pret – already have QR code scanners in place at their tills.

What Virgin Red needs to do is find someone like Caffe Nero who is willing to offer outsize value in the hope of picking up additional sales. It’s the croissant or cake you buy with your coffee that encourages Nero to offer such a good deal to Nectar in the first place.

You can find out more about Virgin Red, and register for free, here.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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

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 (36)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • JimmyJimmy says:

    Greggs rewards – time for an article HFP, think I have seen Greggs at several airports so it travel related 🙂

  • T says:

    Promoting a company where the heir of the company fortune is a convicted child abuser serving a 13 year sentence is not very tasteful in my humble opinion.

    • Graham C says:

      Oh, give it a rest. So the whole thing should cease and thousands should lose their jobs because of that (horrible) person?

      I think not.

      • T says:

        Hi Graham,
        Nobody needs to do anything in my opinion. We can all make choices. I gave my opinion, and respect others might have a different one!
        Regards, T

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      I wish there was a legal way to stop him benefiting from future profits at Greggs, it’s a Newcastle success story blanketing almost all the UK (except for Cornwall last time I looked) so at lot of North East jobs could be lost if they did close down.
      There’s too many blind eyes turned to sexual abuse. Peter Mandelson, main advisor to Keir Starmer, was a close friend of Geoffrey Epstein and remained so even when Epstein was in jail. Has his involvement ever been investigated? Then there was the issue of all the files were lost when there was supposed to be an investigation regarding paedophilia in Parliament. Then there’s Prince Andrew. It seems either side of Parliament are happy to cover up their internal issues.

    • Fio says:

      The person was convicted. Doesnt mean the rest are or we, the workers, are. I bet many companies have pe*** within and we dont (and wont) know.

    • Char Char says:

      Greggs is a public company not privately owned, as far as I see less than 12% is owned by non institutions so doesn’t look like he would have much at all, certainly nothing close to being a major share holder

  • Lawro says:

    I’m not sure Cafe Nero is any drink, tried to redeem for a cold drink a few months ago and was told hot drinks only. The wording on the Nectar app has changed a few times too.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      I think it’s always been hot drinks. But you get to choose the size and type. So no point just using it on a small tea

  • chrism20 says:

    You also can get a free coffee each month from greggs if you have your car insurance with RAC

  • Peter W-G says:

    I find it a little odd that the first image in the article is a steak bake, not a sausage roll but I still enjoy the article; as others have said it exemplifies the range HfP covers!

  • Char Char says:

    £2.60 in the Greggs Birmingham Airport for some items and you can use virgin Savoury vouchers there too, best value @ 0.86pp

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.