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.
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 (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.
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.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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