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Virgin Flying Club is currently running a new bonus for buying Virgin Points – see here.

The maximum bonus is 60% or 70%. To put this in perspective, before 2020 Virgin Atlantic had never even run a 50% bonus. 15% to 30% was the best you could expect.

Some people have had emails offering 70% – my wife did – but when logged in they only see 60%. My email only offered me 60% in the first place. Some readers in the comments say that they can buy with a 70% bonus however.

What is interesting is that you can double up this deal with the current offer of a 30% discount on all redemption flights to the USA completed by 30th September.

The link to buy points is here.

Get a 70% bonus buying Virgin Points

The closing date for the bonus is 31st July.

The bonus is staggered. For those offered a 60% maximum bonus:

  • 20% bonus when you buy 3,000 – 19,000 points
  • 40% bonus when you buy 20,000 – 64,000 points
  • 50% bonus when you buy 65,000 – 99,000 points
  • 60% bonus when you buy 100,000 – 200,000 points

At the top end, 200,000 Virgin Points, which comes to 320,000 points with the 60% bonus, will cost you £3,000.  This works out at 0.94p each.

0.94p is good value for a direct miles purchase. Most Virgin Atlantic commercial partners will be paying the airline more than 0.94p for their miles.

If you can buy with a 70% bonus, you are getting 0.88p at the top end.

What sort of deals can you get with 0.88p / 0.94p miles?

The issue with Virgin Points is that there are virtually no short haul opportunities to spend them. The best deals are long haul Business Class flights across the Virgin Atlantic network and of course the route network is limited.

You can see the Virgin Atlantic reward chart on this page of their website.

The addition of SkyTeam partners earlier this year has given you more options, as I discuss below.

There is no point paying 0.88p / 0.94p per point unless you want premium cabin flights.

The Virgin Red app (download here) has a huge number of interesting redemptions but they are almost all based on giving you 0.5p per point. Similarly, using your Virgin Points to part-pay for a cash Virgin Atlantic flight or a Virgin Holiday will get you around 0.55p as we show here. This isn’t any good if you paid 0.94p for them.

Buy Virgin Points with 70% bonus

Remember that USA redemptions are currently 30% off until 30th September

Where this deal would really shine is the current redemption sale.

As this article shows, redemptions to the USA in all cabins are reduced by 30% as long as you travel by 30th September.

Even if you had to buy all the points you needed, you would be making a good saving over a cash fare, especially if you were travelling midweek without a Saturday night stay.

There are good deals with SkyTeam partners

Don’t forget …. Virgin Atlantic joined the SkyTeam airline alliance in March.

This has opened up redemptions across new partners such as Aeromexico, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines. Existing partners such as Delta, Air France and KLM are obviously still available too.

This article explains what it costs to redeem Virgin Points on the new SkyTeam partners.

Don’t forget the 2-4-1 voucher with the Virgin Atlantic credit cards

If you do choose to buy points, remember that you receive 15,000 Virgin Points with the £160 Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card.  You may prefer to do this than buying another 15,000 points. 

Our full review of the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card is here. This article also gives you an overview of how the 2-4-1 voucher issued by the Virgin credit cards works. Buying points for 0.94p and redeeming them with a Virgin Atlantic 2-4-1 or upgrade voucher would offer excellent value.

You can also convert American Express Membership Rewards points into Virgin Points at the ratio of 1:1, as well as converting Tesco Clubcard points at the rate of 1:2.

The link to buy Virgin Points is here. This new offer ends on 31st July.

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 (36)

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  • EdForPoints says:

    Still seeing the cruise offer in the Virgin Red app. Are they all booked out?

    • Rob says:

      This offer is apparently on the verge of being pulled so don’t dawdle.

      • EdForPoints says:

        Thanks Rob. I am thinking about a last-minute scramble in the next hour or so. Do the purchased points usually post immediately? Appreciate it would be at my own risk but good to know of others’ experiences. T&Cs say within 24 hours.

        • Rob says:

          Not saying it is that close to being pulled, but a couple of days ago VR offered us an ‘exclusive’ on the closing of the deal. We wouldn’t commit to an article so they didn’t tell us when the end is, but I suspect end of the month.

          EDIT: Offer now says ‘Ending soon’ in the app

        • Travel Strong says:

          If it’s anything like last year…
          – Ending Soon: Jun – Aug for 80k
          Will soon be replaced by
          – New: Aug – Oct for 95k !
          And then
          – Miami: 5n for 125k* through the winter
          *must paddle your own canoe to MIA

          All cracking deals so long as you can make the flights work out too. I’ll be a fan/customer for as long as it continues as a redemption!

          • Mutley says:

            So even 95K for a VV cruise is a no brainer. I’ve got 70% and am going all in!

    • Travel Strong says:

      Nothing is “booked out” except for the Branson date being excluded. If you can see a Sea Terrace room available for cash within the offer date range, you can have it for an Access Code from points redemption.

  • ChasP says:

    Is this targeted ?

    when I login and go to the buy miles option the price is 1.5p per point and no sign of any bonus

  • ChasP says:

    oh and plus a £15 transaction fee

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    How many destinations does Czech Airlines serve?

    • Londonsteve says:

      Route network has recently doubled in size! From only flying to Paris to now also flying to Madrid.

  • Kevin says:

    Is it just me or is Virgin’s website terrible? Clicked on the “Virgin reward chart” link above and no table on that page. Did click into “Earning Calculator” part, answered a few things about departure city and arrival city, one way, Red Member etc. and it doesn’t work. For some reason it comes up Atlanta, despite me entering LHR-JFK. And cannot do it in the My Account part of their website as its not letting me in. Its been “Loading My Details” for the last 20 minutes!

    • Martin says:

      I have had a similar experience attempting to chat with sailor services. The VV website has a UK customer services number, however I always get hold of a sleepy Miami working from home youth. The problems are never resolved, and I am never contacted as promised. I am boarding Valiant lady 2nd – 9th July and back to back the following week on points. Ive won a levelling up suite, however VV has taken payment from a CC that a replaced on line, and now my platinum card is getting charged rather than the Barclays world elite card!!! small world problems however very frustrating.

  • Antony Jackson says:

    I got an email from Virgin on this but the top bonus is 70% for me, not 60%

    • Martin Clarke says:

      I tried buying points but no offer shows

      • ChasP says:

        I suppose I should be pleased its not just me !

      • jason says:

        Im not getting the offer either, tried logging in to buy the points and not being given any bonus airmiles so I wont bother buying.

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