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Virgin Atlantic has launched a generous Virgin Points bonus offer for anyone who books a cash flight in the next 10 days.

We don’t often see promotions like this for Virgin Points so it’s worth jumping in if you can.

Interestingly, it doubles up with brand new flight sale.

bonus Virgin Points on flights

How many bonus Virgin Points can you earn?

Here’s the points side of the deal:

You will earn:

  • 5,000 bonus Virgin Points for a return Economy Classic or Economy Delight booking
  • 10,000 bonus Virgin Points for a return Premium booking
  • 20,000 bonus Virgin Points for a return Upper Class booking

In terms of dates:

  • you must book between 24th August (yesterday) and 4th September
  • you must travel between 1st September and 31st May 2024

There is no small print to catch you out, but I’d flag up:

  • one way bookings receive half the bonus points
  • Economy Light bookings do not receive a bonus
  • your flight must be Virgin Atlantic operated and marketed (ie carry a VS flight number)
  • ‘Points Plus Money’ bookings are OK (ie cash bookings where you reduce the cost with Virgin Points)
  • cash flights which are upgraded with points or a credit card voucher will receive a bonus based on the cabin flown in

This bonus represents a generous return on the cheapest cash tickets. 20,000 points for an Upper Class booking is worth around £200 if redeemed for premium flights, based on our valuations.

It was always a mistake to book Economy Light (the extra miles you earn for Economy Classic offset the cost and you get other benefits on top) but this promotion just rubs it in, given the bonus could be worth £50 if used well.

Full details on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

New Virgin Atlantic flight sale

This offer is on top of a brand new flight sale

This bonus points offer is running alongside a new Virgin Atlantic sale.

The sale runs until 15th September, but you need to book by 4th September if you want to earn the extra bonus points on top.

The sale appears to apply across the entire booking window – there are no stated ‘fly by’ dates.

The sale website claims:

  • up to £50 off Economy and Premium flights to the US
  • up to £2,000 (!) off Upper Class flights to the US
  • up to £40 off Economy and Premium flights on other routes
  • up to £100 off Upper Class flights on other routes

Unfortunately we haven’t been provided with any fare examples. It seems that US Upper Class returns are around £2,000 with the Caribbean routes at around £1,700, assuming you meet minimum stay requirements, but we’ll run a fresh article if we can get a proper list. You need to factor in the 20,000 bonus Virgin Points too.

You can find out more about the sale and the bonus Virgin Points offer on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.

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 (20)

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  • BA-Flyer says:

    The terms say that classes G, P and A are excluded. The last time I used a credit card voucher to upgrade a cash booking, it was ticketed in A.

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