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  • lftbeach 7 posts

    I know little about airmiles and points etc and a neighbour gave me this site as a useful starting point so I hope he is right, and apologies if it is not for beginners.
    My partner and I have limited travel experience ,usually holidays around Europe.
    A relative of mine has recently transferred 100,000 virgin miles into a new account that he set up for me, totally unexpected.
    My only problem is trying to get my head around where to start. I’ve gone on to the virgin Atlantic site, as he said we could use the miles to use at our local airport that uses klm. But I’m sure it must be easy to book a flight, but gave up in the end. Is there an easy to read guide that I could refer to ?
    Reading some of the comments on here, I am very envious of some of the destinations that people go to.
    Thanks for any advice from a novice and for your patience .

    freckles 189 posts

    I’d start by reading through the 12 articles in the “Virgin University” series that were published last year. This is the first, which gives you links to all of them

    https://www.headforpoints.com/2023/07/28/difference-between-virgin-red-virgin-flying-club/

    davefl 1,400 posts

    There’s a whole series of Virgin articles on here, this is the starter one for KLM/Skyteam https://www.headforpoints.com/2023/08/06/how-to-spend-virgin-points-on-skyteam-flights/

    If you’re in a financial position to get one of the Virgin credit cards and hit the spend target you can earn a voucher that will make your points go further.

    Don’t think any of this is easy, it’s challenging to get what you want, when you want especially if you’re constrained to booking dates for popular holiday periods.

    Also be aware that free tickets with points come with a baffling array of taxes and charges which are massively loaded on some routes, especially if you begin your journey in the UK.

    NorthernLass 8,270 posts

    It’s taken me 2 1/2 years to get my head around how Virgin works and I’m only now preparing to make my first worthwhile redemption with the cc voucher!

    One thing which struck me is that points pricing on partner airlines seems really high, and not a great use of points. I haven’t looked at KLM but certainly Delta short-haul pricing didn’t seem worth it.

    davefl 1,400 posts

    @NorthenLass Varies wildly by route. Europe (on a pertner) to JNB for 61k +£253 is pretty darn reasonable the way things are going.

    And as I pointed out on my thread the other day (which I’m shocked nobody commented on), Sky Team will happily check your bags through on seperate tickets unlike the always unhelpful Oneworld.

    P.S. Just noticed that VS seem to have fixed their monthly calendar display after it was pulled several years ago. So you can see every open award for a month at at time, even for AF/KLM

    aq.1988 484 posts

    @NorthenLass Varies wildly by route. Europe (on a pertner) to JNB for 61k +£253 is pretty darn reasonable the way things are going.

    And as I pointed out on my thread the other day (which I’m shocked nobody commented on), Sky Team will happily check your bags through on seperate tickets unlike the always unhelpful Oneworld.

    P.S. Just noticed that VS seem to have fixed their monthly calendar display after it was pulled several years ago. So you can see every open award for a month at at time, even for AF/KLM

    It also looks like they have updated the website to let you see and book SkyTeam partner redemptions online. Not checked other airlines, but previously you could only book on Saudia by calling (you couldn’t see availability on the website), but now you can.

    lftbeach 7 posts

    Thank you everybody for your help. I obviously now have a lot of reading to do ! ( And no doubt further questions.)

    Shazza12 51 posts

    A friend has told me they’ve been using a virgin credit card for years but doesn’t have a virgin flying club account, didn’t know about collecting points!! He’s now created an account. How can he link it to his credit card account to earn points in the future? Can he claim for points retrospectively? Thank you

    NorthernLass 8,270 posts

    Why did he get a Virgin credit card without having a FC account?! Has he checked that he doesn’t actually have one he’s forgotten about?

    The number of points collected is included on the statement each month, does he never look at these? It would be very odd if he had been accruing points but they hadn’t been transferred to a FC account.

    davefl 1,400 posts

    A friend has told me they’ve been using a virgin credit card for years but doesn’t have a virgin flying club account, didn’t know about collecting points!! He’s now created an account. How can he link it to his credit card account to earn points in the future? Can he claim for points retrospectively? Thank you

    Virgin offer several different credit cards inc a Manchester United one. There’s two that specifically allow you to collect Virgin points.

    If he has one of those which are clearly branded they will have set up a Virgin Atlantic account automatically if he didnt provide an account number when he took out the card but the assumption is he has another card, so the answer is he can’t.

    strickers 723 posts

    Were there other cards previously that didn’t earn points, a Virgin Money card prior to the points earning ones being released?

    can2 575 posts

    A friend has told me they’ve been using a virgin credit card for years but doesn’t have a virgin flying club account, didn’t know about collecting points!! He’s now created an account. How can he link it to his credit card account to earn points in the future? Can he claim for points retrospectively? Thank you

    Natural selection! What can we say…

    davefl 1,400 posts

    VM have always had a range of cards, and still do. https://uk.virginmoney.com/cards/ However they’re buried under a mass of marketing bull on the website.

    The VS cards are only 2 of a portfolio of at least 4 maybe 5.

    NorthernLass 8,270 posts

    A Man U card? What kind of loyalty benefits come with that?!

    strickers 723 posts

    A Man U card? What kind of loyalty benefits come with that?!

    Even less than it did last year.

    davefl 1,400 posts

    A Man U card? What kind of loyalty benefits come with that?!

    Certainly no european ones next year

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