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NEW: Redeem Virgin Points for retail gift cards

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We have always said that, if you redeem Virgin Points via the Virgin Red app, you will get roughly 0.5p per Virgin Point.

The only ways to get outsize value are one-off deals with Virgin Wines, Virgin Voyages and VIP concert tickets for the Virgin Red Room at the AO Arena in Manchester.

Redeem Virgin Red points for gift cards

Virgin Red is now allowing you to redeem Virgin Points for digital gift cards for exactly 0.5p per point. At the moment, your only options are:

  • Costa gift card – 1,000 Virgin Points for £5
  • Pizza Express gift card – 4,000 Virgin Points for £20
  • Nike gift card – 6,000 Virgin Points for £30

The gift cards will not expire. More merchants are due to be added soon.

If you don’t have a Virgin Red account, download the app and follow the instructions in it to link your Virgin Flying Club account. Your Flying Club points balance will then be available for use within the app.

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 (18)

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  • Tom says:

    I have a large pile of Virgin miles but see no value in £1000 taxes for UC redemptions on a frankly average product. I’m also an avid runner who spends quite a bit on Nike running shoes so I’m questioning whether I’m mad to take a Nike voucher in the 4 digits lol

    • Jake says:

      In terms of pure value, isn’t flight redemptions Virgin or klm etc worth it in business?

      By spending in Nike you are getting let’s say £1000 for your points on products you would otherwise spend £1000 on. Max saving is £1000

      Surely you can find flight redemptions where the points even accounting for the taxes buys you access to a product that you would pay more than £1000 for?

    • Track says:

      These days and post Covid (which is still around by the way), we just travel less. Makes sense to spend on gift cards even at 0.5p.

      But I was punished here the other day, suggesting that 1k ‘taxes and fees’ alone makes profit for Virgin.

  • Travel Strong says:

    Many of us swapped in large chunks for Hilton points mid-covid, and I don’t regret it even though I have had to scramble a bit for 80k points for the cruise.
    BA RFS + 241 is my USA choice now, on price.
    Virgin for cruises and lower fee destinations.

    Track – FWIW you were clearly making a reasonable point, and got caught in the crossfire between those defending £1k fees and those criticising £1k fees… when you were making a totally different point!

  • ChasP says:

    Used to be similar value but since BA extended RFS and Virgin didnt respond VS is poor value
    LHR-SFO cash now around £2.5k – down from around £3.5k a year ago (but of course flexible is n=more)
    VS 135K POINTS +£1K
    BA 180K POINTS + £450 OR
    125K POINTS + £840

    241 vouchers make it even worse
    135k point + £2k or £180kpoints +£900

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