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How to earn Virgin Points at your favourite restaurants with SquareMeal

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Virgin Red has a partnership with SquareMeal, the restaurant booking service, to allow you to earn Virgin Points when you eat out.

There are four ways to earn.

You can, as you would expect, earn 100 points when you book a restaurant via the SquareMeal website. You can get an extra 25 points by leaving a review afterwards.

You can earn additional bonus points at certain restaurants for hitting spend criteria or visiting on selected days.

More interestingly, you can earn up to 3,000 bonus points when you pay with a registered credit card at selected restaurants – even if you didn’t book via SquareMeal.

SquareMeal Virgin Points

How does the offer work?

If you don’t already have a SquareMeal account, you can register via this page of the SquareMeal website.

During registration, you will be asked if you want to earn SquareMeal points, worth 1p each towards future meal bookings, or Virgin Points.

  • If you say ‘SquareMeal points’, you will earn 200 SquareMeal points when you register
  • If you say ‘Virgin Points’, you don’t get any bonus

However, if you say ‘SquareMeal points’ and then switch to Virgin Points when your account is active, your 200 SquareMeal points do NOT get turned into Virgin Points. Will you ever use them for anything? No idea!

Already got a SquareMeal account?

Log in and head to your profile. You’ll see that you can switch from earning SquareMeal points to Virgin Points.

As far as I can tell, your existing points balance will NOT be converted. Only future points earned will be sent to Virgin Red.

You need a Virgin Red account

In order to earn Virgin Points from SquareMeal, you need a Virgin Red account. It isn’t enough to have a Virgin Flying Club account.

If you are not already registered with Virgin Red, download their app, create an account and link it to your Virgin Flying Club account. You should do this anyway, as Virgin Red has lots of additional ways to earn and spend Virgin Points.

SquareMeal will ask for the email address linked to your Virgin Red account as part of the registration process.

How do I earn Virgin Points with SquareMeal?

There are three routes:

100 Virgin Points for every booking:

Each time you make a restaurant booking via the website (there is no app), you earn at least 100 Virgin Points.

Earn bonus points at selected restaurants:

Some restaurants offer generous bonuses when you book via Square Meal. Here is what you get at Monica Galetti’s Mere, for example:

Square Meal bonus points

Review a restaurant:

Each time you review a restaurant you have booked via the site, you earn 25 Virgin Points.

Benefit from card linked offers:

Each time you dine at a restaurant with an exclusive card-linked offer running, you receive up to 3,000 Virgin Points – even if you didn’t book by SquareMeal. You must register your credit card on the SquareMeal website to trigger these bonuses. Remember that you don’t need to have booked via SquareMeal.


SquareMeal doesn’t have the range of OpenTable – it is primarily used for booking business lunches – but it offers an easy way of picking up some extra Virgin Points.

This is especially true of the card linked offers, where you can pick up Virgin Points simply by linking your payment cards to your SquareMeal profile. You never need to visit the site again if you choose, and you may pick up the odd chunk of points when dining out.

You can register here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

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

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 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 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 (14)

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  • Kwab says:

    By signing up via the link Rob, it seems that I also got 500 points for being referred by you. I’m assuming you got some points too!

    • Rob says:

      You get them if you take SM points but not Virgin Points.

      • Kwab says:

        That’s weird. They seemed to automatically find my four word Virgin Red ID at sign up and I can see it listed in my profile on SQM too along with the referral points!

        • Rob says:

          It is over a year since I joined – let me know if they post.

  • CamFlyer says:

    I have used SquareMeal to earn VS points since the last HfP article on this. I have noticed that the bonus point offers have tailed off; after some very good point events early on, now it’s mostly just the base 100 points.

  • Justin says:

    How many points do you earn for spending money at a restaurant with a linked card?

    • Rob says:

      Varies by restaurant. Most at present seem to show 5% of spend returned as points.

  • Dan says:

    On the points game I’m a little behind on my Amex Bonvoy £3K target. Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to increase the spend.

    • Rob says:

      Buy some gift cards for your regular supermarket / petrol station, or put your Amazon account into credit, or go into your local Boots / supermarket and buy some Netflix / Uber etc gift cards for services you’ll use anyway.

    • zapato1060 says:

      If you have Monzo you can Paypoint top up with your Amex at a CoOp. 1k every six months.

  • Philondon says:

    I forgot I signed up to this then last summer got an email saying we have added 100 points from your visit to the German Gymnasium restaurant in the historic building in King’s Cross, near the HfP party.

  • buchanan101 says:

    “SquareMeal doesn’t have the range of OpenTable – it is primarily used for booking business lunches – but it offers an easy way of picking up some extra Virgin Points”

    Seems to have everything OpenTable does in Cambridge – even chains like Zizzi, Carluccios etc – which isn’t surprising as it’s “powered by Open Table”

    • Rob says:

      True. This is just to pad out its capacity – the bonuses for certain restaurants are only for those where it has a direct relationship.

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