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Virgin Flying Club Silver or Gold? You can gift your credit card upgrade and 2-4-1 vouchers

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In late 2021, Virgin Atlantic announced a mini-overhaul of Flying Club. Easily missed as it was during the pandemic, it introduced features such as:

  • Household Accounts for Silver members (albeit not currently available due to IT issues)
  • a one-off gift of Clubhouse lounge passes for new Silver members
  • the ability to earn tier points from Virgin Holidays

There was another change which Virgin Atlantic didn’t bother to mention but just slipped out via their website: Silver and Gold members of Virgin Flying Club can gift their 2-4-1 and upgrade vouchers from the Virgin Atlantic credit card.

As you can see on the Virgin Atlantic website here (scroll down to the tier comparison table), you will see that Silver and Gold members now have as a benefit:

“Gift companion and upgrade vouchers to your loved ones”

There is literally no more information provided. I am guessing that you need to call Virgin Atlantic and give the agent the account number of the Flying Club member who is to receive your voucher.

There is no indication that you need to use your Virgin Points to pay for the flight if the voucher is gifted. If this was true I’m sure someone would have flagged it over the last 18 months.

How do the Virgin Atlantic credit card vouchers work?

Remember that the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard has doubled its sign-up bonus to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 13th June.

Your annual reward is triggered immediately upon hitting the spending target.  The target is £20,000 in a card year for the free Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card and £10,000 in a card year for the £160 Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card.

After hitting your spending target, you will receive your choice of:

  • A 2-4-1 voucher, valid for two years, when you book a cash or miles ticket on Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class, Premium or Economy
  • A return upgrade – on either a cash or miles ticket – from Premium to Upper Class, or from Economy Delight/Classic to Premium (requires reward availability in the higher class)

If you have Silver or Gold status in Virgin Flying Club, you can also choose:

  • Virgin Clubhouse lounge passes (requires a same-day Virgin Atlantic or Delta flight) – one pass if you are Silver, two passes if you are Gold

Yes, the Virgin Atlantic vouchers can be used on CASH tickets

There is a key difference between the 2-4-1 and upgrade vouchers offered by Virgin Atlantic compared to the ones offered for British Airways via American Express and Barclaycard.

Virgin Atlantic vouchers can be used on cash tickets as well as reward tickets. If you book a cash flight, you bring someone else for free as long as:

  • you pay the taxes and charges element of the ticket, which admittedly can be fairly high
  • there is a reward ticket available in the cabin – if there are no reward seats on offer, you can’t use the 2-4-1 voucher even if you are booking a cash flight (for an upgrade, there must be a reward seat in the higher cabin)

There is small print:

  • If you are a Red (no status) member, you need to pay 50% of the points for your 2nd ticket if you redeem your 2-4-1 voucher in Upper Class. You do not pay this if you redeem in Premium or Economy as a ‘no status’ member.
  • you need to take the outbound leg of your flight before the two year expiry date – you can return later

If you usually travel on your own, the upgrade voucher is likely to suit you best. This can also be used by a couple to upgrade one leg per person on a return cash or reward flight.


The ability to transfer your upgrade or 2-4-1 voucher to anyone if you have Virgin Flying Club Silver or Gold status is a very interesting perk.

Unfortunately it could also lead to vouchers being sold on eBay, although I doubt many Silver or Gold members would want to put their Flying Club status at risk. More realistically, it will allow someone with two vouchers in their name to use them to travel with three other people.

One thing worth remembering is that the vouchers are slightly less useful to a Red (base) member than a Silver or Gold member because of the extra points needed to use the 2-4-1 in Upper Class. Transferring them to a Red member will reduce their value, although a Red member is not penalised if using the voucher to upgrade or if using a 2-4-1 in Premium or Economy.

Our full review of the free Virgin Atlantic credit card is here (no bonus). Our review of the fee Virgin Atlantic credit card with the 30,000 Virgin Points bonus is here. You can apply for both cards here.

Remember that the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard has doubled its sign-up bonus to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 13th June.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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 bonus points 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 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (37)

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  • Sam says:

    New silver members get a gift pass for the clubhouse? Both myself and my partner recently qualified as silver and have not received this benefit? When did it come into effect and how do you receive it?

    • Rob says:

      As per other comment, it seems this may have been quietly scrapped.

      • Jonathan says:

        I’ve checked the application website, it still shows.
        They definitely should’ve removed it if the option was removed in July 2022

        • Rob says:

          We’re not talking about clubhouse passes via the credit card. We’re talking about the ‘clubhouse pass for someone who gets Silver status for the first time’.

  • s879 says:

    Thanks, very useful article. I’m a new Silver member and have a flight with Virgin next Saturday. How do I go about getting a pass to the Clubhouse?

    • S879 says:

      Spoke to Virgin and they said the one-off access to their Clubhouse was a Covid thing which they ended in July 2022. Please advise.

      • Rob says:

        If it got scrapped, they never told us!

        • S879 says:

          Would be great if it could be verified. I have mixed experience with VA CS reps recently. Yesterday one told me the £30 would apply within the 24-hour cooling period, but later another CS said it wouldn’t.

          • Jonathan says:

            There was some discussion about this a couple or a few days ago

            But yeah, it’s not unheard hearing different stories from different CS agents

  • omicron says:

    What’s the benefit of a Clubhouse vocher if you’re a gold member? Doesn’t gold include lounge access anyways?

    • DeB2020 says:

      That’s an excellent question for the new head of loyalty at Virgin Atlantic! I’ve given up on the programme as I head into the lowest membership level this year.

    • Rob says:

      For a family group.

  • Wenby says:

    I was recently advised that the £30 cancellation was about to go up to £50 when I called to cancel a reward seat booking.

  • S says:

    Hi – is it written anywhere on the Virgin website if the vouchers are book by or travel by the expiry date? I have heard both but cannot find it in writing. Any help is welcome cheers

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