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Redeem Virgin Points for a Necker Island holiday

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Few people know that you can redeem Virgin Points for holidays on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island retreat in the British Virgin Islands.

Necker Island was badly damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017.  After substantial rebuilding, the resort reopened in late 2019. Covid hit and then, in 2021, points redemptions were suspended whilst cancelled bookings were rebooked.

Now they are back – and they are one of the best value Virgin Points redemptions.

Necker Island

Necker is usually booked by private groups and only a handful of weeks per year are available for individual travellers.  You are restricted to booking on those weeks.

A week on Necker Island during those weeks where the island is not let on an exclusive basis will cost you $37,800 for a couple.  That is £31,000.  Flights are not included in this price but it is all inclusive.

Whilst the cost has crept up over the years to 1.7 million Virgin Points for a one week stay for a couple, this does still represent good value if you were prepared to pay the cash price. You are getting 1.8p per point.

You might think that 1.7 million points is a lot, and of course it is.  However, I know there are a fair number of HfP readers, mainly business owners, who spend six figures per month on their credit cards.

The good news is that the requirement to have Virgin Flying Club Silver or Gold status to book this award has been scrapped. You no longer need to even be a Flying Club member. This is because redemptions are now being handled by the Virgin Red app rather than the airline.

The bad news is that points redemptions are limited to 15 couples per year.

I know someone who has stayed on Necker, for cash, and recommended it. Sir Richard Branson is normally there – he lives on the island – and is around for meals. You can treat it as a cheap business consultancy session if you want!

You can find out more on the Virgin Red app or this page of the Virgin Red website.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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):

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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  • S says:

    To get 1.7 million points in a year through the VS card, you’d need a £100k credit limit given the points cap in place

  • Tom C says:

    I’m taking the family to Necker in March. I’ll be sure to do a write-up.

  • VSCXFAN says:

    A daytrip LHR-VIE-LHR for £1 + Avios with CAT train from/to VIE and free lunch at Steiereck goes straight to the top of my bucket-list. .

  • flyforfun says:

    Lufthansa, the BA of Germany!

    I had flights booked LCY-FRA-SIN and onto Australia on Wednesday and got caught up in their cancelling of scores of regional flights. 5 hours in the queue to get rebooked. Now flying tomorrow.

    BA still managed to fly LCY – FRA twice in the time I was in the queue so it’s just the reverse of when BA cancels its regional flights. It was sods law that this happened and I hope my new flight from LHR on SQ isn’t affected by tomorrow’s snow forecast!!! I’ve already lost 4 days of a 3.5 week holiday. No more please!!

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