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How to redeem your Virgin Points at Greggs – a step-by-step guide!

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This is actually a serious article, although I accept that you may have your doubts ….

When the Virgin Red app launched a few years ago as the new ‘home’ for Virgin Points, the ability to redeem your points at Greggs became – for better or worse – the highest profile redemption.

Whilst most Head for Points readers would see redeeming for ANA’s business and First Class seats to Tokyo to be the ultimate redemption, it was Greggs that people were talking about.

How to redeem your Virgin Points at Greggs

If you are not a Virgin Red member, you can register for free here. You will get 1,000 bonus points via this link and you get this even if you are an existing Virgin Flying Club member. You can merge your two balances in the app.

How do you redeem Virgin Points at Greggs?

I was interested to see how the redemption process works and how smooth it is.

A Greggs sausage roll costs £1.45, at least on Cheapside by our office, and it requires 200 Virgin Points. You’re getting 0.7p per point.

This is better value than most Virgin Red redemptions which get you 0.5p of value. You can smash this with a premium cabin flight redemption in most cases, where you should be aiming for 1p.

Redeeming via the Virgin Red app

Assuming that you have registered for Virgin Red and then downloaded the Virgin Red app and linked it to your Virgin Atlantic account, the first thing to do is find Greggs products on the long list of redemptions. Unless you filter by ‘Food and Drink’ it will take a while.

This is what you are looking for, if a sausage roll is your goal:

Redeem Virgin Points for Greggs sausage roll

Click into it and you see a big ‘Redeem’ button.

The points are deducted from your account and a QR code created. It pops up on screen, and I would recommend saving it as a screenshot in case you have reception problems when you are inside the store:

Redeem Virgin Points for Greggs sausage roll

The voucher is valid for a month. You can also see it inside the ‘Vouchers’ section of the Virgin Red app:

Redeem Virgin Points for Greggs sausage roll

There is some small print which is emailed to you after you have redeemed. Here are the highlights:

  • Code is only valid for either a single Sausage Roll or Vegan Sausage Roll.
  • Code is redeemable with Greggs up until the ‘Valid Until’ date noted on the code. After this date, the code will expire and you will not be able to use the code with Greggs. Please note that this code will not be reissued.
  • You must display your code to a member of staff at Greggs.
  • Code is valid for one use only.
  • Only one code can be used per person per visit.
  • Subject to availability and while stocks lasts. If there are no Sausage Rolls or Vegan Sausage Rolls available, an alternative product may be supplied by Greggs (at equal or lesser value) but this is not guaranteed.
  • Valid for take away only – product cannot be consumed in store.
  • Please note, Virgin Red codes are not valid / accepted at Greggs stores located within service stations.
  • Code is non-refundable, non-transferable and has no cash value (or cash value equivalent).
  • Codes do not qualify for a Greggs Rewards stamp and they cannot be added to the Greggs Rewards app.

How does it work in practice?

It is a slick process, I have to admit.

Having popped down to our local branch of Greggs, I asked for a sausage roll and scanned the QR code on a scanner at the till when asked to pay.

It scanned first time and I was left with nothing to pay.

Redeem Virgin Points from Virgin Red for Greggs sausage roll

Caffe Nero redemptions with Nectar points work in exactly the same way. Using 400 Nectar points for a Caffe Nero drink – any drink, any size – is arguably the best way of spending Nectar points.

Conclusion

Using your Virgin Points at Greggs isn’t a great way to redeem if you’re looking to maximise the value you get, although it is better than most Virgin Red offers.

However, I am impressed by the technology behind it and by the way that Virgin Red has got it working. I’m sure there are other retailers who would be interested in similar spontaneous redemptions, especially those who – like Pret – already have QR code scanners in place at their tills.

What Virgin Red needs to do is find someone like Caffe Nero who is willing to offer outsize value in the hope of picking up additional sales. It’s the croissant or cake you buy with your coffee that encourages Nero to offer such a good deal to Nectar in the first place.

You can find out more about Virgin Red, and register for free, here.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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 sign-up 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 (56)

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  • Hbommie says:

    I’d rather swerve the terrible chains (all of them) and spend in a local coffee shop, cafe.

    • Rob says:

      Really? Two independents have opened in the couple of hundred metres between my house and Nero in the last year and both are unattractive. High rents mean that neither has more than 5 seats whilst Nero has 50. Both of indys have wooden stools for seats, Nero has big armchairs, and don’t look like they’d welcome someone who wants to spend £7 and sit on a laptop for an hour. The indys have a pitful food selection, Nero is rolling in the stuff (and it’s pretty decent, far better than Starbucks). Unless you want a takeaway independent coffee shops are rarely worth it – it’s interesing that the fastest growing and best regarded indy chain in London, Hagen, has virtually no seating at all.

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        More a sad commentary on the challenges of ultra-high-rent locations for independents. (you could rephrase this far less politely as “why living in London is rubbish” 😀 :D)

        In my very modestly sized semi-rural town (large village really) we have 3 coffee shops. The two local independents blow the chain out of the water. This is replicated in most other towns in the region.

      • Hbommie says:

        Yes really! You’re living in the wrong place if your independents are as bad as you describe.

        My locals are extremely good, offer fresh selections and fresh roasted coffee at good prices. I visited Malton yesterday and found a lovely little place, and next door to a French patisserie, they are there if you look.

        Chains are killing the high street and turning towns into a bland monoculture.

        Do some thing different and support your local indi’s.

        • Hbommie says:

          Oh, and the Malton place had comfy sofas if that’s your criteria.

      • Panda Mick says:

        So, make an effort to walk more than 200m for your lunch then.

        Rosslyn (london wall, queen victoria st) has some of the best coffee in London

        Finsbury sq has a lovely little place for lunch. There’s a tonne of good places to eat which and indie and have seating

        • Rob says:

          This is from my house, not my office.

          Rosslyn is crap for drinking in and they certainly don’t me and my laptop there for an hour every morning, which is what I do at Nero.

  • Malcolm says:

    Well the comments and chat on here have certainly made me chuckle.
    Thank you.

  • Colin_Thames says:

    Sausage rolls at £1.40 in London – that must be the London premium! In Edinburgh they’re only £1.20. And if you take the Greggs rewards scheme into account (buy 9, 10th is free) it’s closer to £1.08. 😊
    That makes the value of Virgin points a bit less attractive.
    Do we need an online calculator for redemption value, or a sausage roll comparison site?

    • mkcol says:

      Did not know you can still collect rewards when paying with voucher in Greggs.
      Pretty sure Nero prevent that.

      • John says:

        You can’t, but they are talking about the price of the sausage roll (£10.80 for 10)

        In busy Neroes you get the other barista, the one who doesn’t know how you paid, to stamp your physical card.

    • tony says:

      Do we need an online calculator for redemption value, or a sausage roll comparison site?

      What next? Someone singing a Christmas song about them???

    • Danny says:

      If you buy 4 sausage rolls at the same time you only pay for 3.

  • whiskerxx says:

    I’ve eaten a Greggs Sausage Roll today and very nice it was too.

  • Geoff says:

    I definitely prefer Gregg’s to McDonald’s these days

  • RobH not Rob says:

    What a thread.

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