Earning and Redeeming Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
The Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is a loyalty rewards programme for Virgin Atlantic. Members can earn points with their Virgin flights, holidays and with Virgin brands and then spend those points on more flights, upgrades, holidays and online shopping.
Ways to earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points
There are lots of ways to earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and it’s actually one of the simpler frequent flier programmes available.
The fastest way to earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points is by flying with Virgin Atlantic or one of their partner airlines.
You can also collect Virgin Points with their partner hotels, car rental and travel extras such as insurance or airport parking. Points can be collected when you purchase anything through one of the seven other Virgin brands such as Virgin Holidays or Virgin Experiences.
You can convert your Tesco Clubcard points into Virgin Points, collect extra points by using the Virgin Credit Card and get bonus points by switching to a Virgin bank account.
Virgin also has a rewards club for everyday spending and you can collect points with your online shopping with many of your favourite brands.
Which airlines allow you to collect Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points?
Virgin Atlantic currently has 10 flying partners. You can collect Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points when you fly with any of the following airlines:
- Singapore Airlines
- Air New Zealand
- Virgin Australia
- South African Airways
- Hawaiian Airlines
- All Nippon Airways
How many points do you earn when you fly with Virgin Atlantic?
The number of points you earn for each flight will vary depending on which cabin you’re in, your ticket type and your membership tier.
To give you an example, if you had a return flight from London to New York in economy and you were a Red Member (that’s the basic membership) you’d earn 866 Virgin points. The cabin you’re in can have a huge impact on the number of points you earn.
Here’s a look at the same flight from London to New York in different cabins:
- Economy - 866 Virgin points
- Economy Classic - 1,732 Virgin points
- Economy Delight - 5,196 Virgin points
- Premium - 3,464 Virgin points
- Upper Class - 6,928 Virgin points
If you were a Gold Member then the points you collect on each flight are around double that of a Red Membership.
How many points do you need to book a flight with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club?
Once again, there are lots of variables that would influence the number of points you’d need for a flight. It would depend on your dates, if you’re travelling during peak times, the cabin you’ll sit in, your ticket type and the demand for your ticket.
If you wanted to fly to New York out of the peak season then it would cost 20,000 Virgin points to sit in economy. It would be 35,000 points for premium and 95,000 for upper class.
What are the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Member Tiers?
There are three membership tiers in the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. These are Red, Silver and Gold.
The Red membership tier is for new members who are just starting to collect their points. This entry-level tier allows you to earn Virgin Points when you fly, use points plus money on flights, spend your Virgin Points on flights and have access to partner brands.
To move up a level to Silver or Gold you need to collect Tier points. Members collect Tier points each time they fly, earning around 25 tier points for a one-way economy flight all the way up to 200 points for a one-way Upper-Class flight. You can earn 20 around tier points for every £500 spent on flights or holidays.
You will need 400 Tier points to reach Silver and 1,000 Tier points to reach Gold. You need to earn these Tier points each year to ensure you maintain your membership. (This was extended to 24 months in March 2020 following the Covid pandemic due to the travel restrictions. It may return to 12 months when all travel restrictions are permanently lifted.)
If you are a Silver Member you will get 30% more points for each flight, premium check-in and free seat assignment in Economy Light.
When you reach the Gold Membership level you will get 60% more points for each flight, Upper-Class check-in, access to Clubhouses and London Heathrow Rivals which are Virgin’s very stylish airport lounges. Gold members also get extra luggage allowance, no matter which cabin they’re flying in, and exit row seat options when they fly in Economy Classic.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and Maternity Leave
If you’re a Virgin Atlantic Silver or Gold Member and you’re having a baby, Virgin will cover any Tier points that are outstanding and needed to renew your status!
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Partners
You can earn Virgin Flying Club points when you book through Virgin’s partner hotels. These hotels include:
- Marriott Bonvoy
- Best Western
- Points Hound
- World Hotels Collection
- Hilton Hotels and Resorts
For most hotel bookings you can earn 1-2 points for every US dollar spent.
Can you earn points through car rental?
Yes, you can earn points if you book your car rental through the following brands:
You can earn up to 1,000 points when you book your car hire.
Are there any other travel partners?
There are other ways to earn points with Virgin Flying Club and that’s through using their other travel partners. These include:
- VisaCentral - For simple visa applications
- eRewards - You can get points for completing online surveys
- Holiday Extras - For holiday add-ons such as airport parking, airport lounges and travel insurance
- Heathrow Rewards - A programme that allows you collect points on virtually everything you spend at Heathrow Airport
- Purple Parking - Airport parking
- No1 Lounges - Airport lounges
- Business Traveller - Magazine
- Addison Lee - Chauffeur car services
Members can earn 1-2 points for every £1 spent with travel partners or get 10-20% discounts.
Earning and spending points with the Virgin Group
You can also earn and spend your points with the other Virgin brands. These brands include Virgin Holidays who specialise in transatlantic holidays and are best known for their Caribbean package holidays, cruises and Disney holidays to Orlando.
You could book with Virgin Limited Edition for luxury holidays and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
There are Virgin Experience Days for activities like helicopter rides or racing car track days.
Virgin Hotels for quirky and unique hotels across the US.
There’s Virgin Games for an online casino, Virgin Balloon Flights and Virgin Wines for bottles straight to your doorstep.
You can also redeem your Virgin Points with Virgin Galactic and enter a prize draw to go into space, or gift a Virgin Gift Card which can be used for any of the Virgin brands.
Using your Virgin Points to purchase gift cards
You can use your Virgin Points to purchase a gift card to be used with any Virgin brand. You will need the following points to purchase certain amounts:
- £10 voucher = 2,000 points
- £15 voucher = 3,000 points
- £25 voucher = 5,000 points
- £50 voucher = 10,000 points
- £75 voucher = 15,000 points
- £100 voucher = 20,000 points
Virgin Atlantic Credit Card
If you’re looking for a way to boost your Virgin Points then the Virgin Atlantic Credit Card is the place to start! It’s like a regular credit card except you earn Virgin Points every time you use it. Not only that but you’ll earn double points if you use your credit card to book Virgin Atlantic flights or Virgin Holidays.
This is a good way to turn your everyday spending into Virgin Points, but don’t use it as an excuse to overspend as the fees will counteract any points you’ve earned.
Switch to Virgin Money to boost your points
Another great way to earn extra Virgin Points is to switch bank accounts to Virgin Money’s ‘M Plus Account’. When you switch to this account you’ll be rewarded with 15,000 points! That’s almost enough for a return flight to New York!
Virgin Red Rewards Club
Not only can you earn Virgin Flying Club points through flights and travel related bookings but you can earn with your everyday spending too when you use Virgin Red.
Virgin Red is a new rewards club linked to the Virgin Flying Club where points are earned with everyday spends.
You can earn Virgin Red points by shopping online with popular brands like Boots, Apple, M&S, eBay, asos, Microsoft, Samsung, Halfords, Not on the High Street, Argos, B&Q, Currys and more. They can also be earned with food and beverage brands such as Dominos and Just Eat.
Points can then be spent on everyday items or saved and put towards flights.
Examples of everyday spends include things such as a cinema ticket (1,350 points), a hot drink from Greggs (325 points), Greggs sausage roll (200 points) or a case of wine (15,500 points).
Virgin Points and Tesco Clubcard
If you’re a Tesco shopper then you’ll be pleased to know you can exchange your Clubcard vouchers for Virgin Points. If you set up your account so that your Clubcard vouchers are automatically exchanged for Virgin Points then you’ll get a bonus 2,000 Virgin points! Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be collected in-store, online or at their petrol stations so those Clubcard vouchers can quickly add up.
Pay to boost your points
Another way to boost your points is with Virgin Atlantic’s Points Booster system whereby members can pay for extra points. This only applies to flights with Virgin Atlantic but members have the option to pay for extra points.
For example, if you’re flying to New York you could pay £69.16 and get an extra 6,916 points. Or you could double it and get 13,832 points for £138.32.
If you’re happy to part with the cash then, pound for pound, it is good value for money, especially if you’re saving your points for a particular holiday.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club FAQs
What is Virgin Atlantic Flying Club?
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is a rewards club from Virgin Atlantic. Members collect Virgin Points when they fly with Virgin and can then redeem those points to purchase future flights or upgrades. Points can also be collected with everyday spending and used for hotels, car rental and travel extras such as airport parking.
How to join Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Joining Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is simple. Members sign up via the website and will instantly be made Red Members. This is the basic membership tier. As you spend more money with Virgin Atlantic you will move up to the Silver Tier and eventually the Gold Tier.
Do Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles expire?
No, Virgin Points do not expire. If you want to retain your Silver or Gold Tier level then you do need to earn 400 Tier points to retain your Silver membership or 1,000 Tier points to retain your Gold membership. These Tier points needed to be earned every 12 months but following the Covid Pandemic this was extended to 24 months. If you are having a baby then Virgin will cover any outstanding Tier points needed to retain your membership level.
Is Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles free?
Yes, it is free to join.
How does Virgin Atlantic Flying Club work?
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is a relatively simple rewards programme used by Virgin Atlantic. Members sign up via the website and instantly become Red Members. Members earn points when they:
- Fly with Virgin Atlantic
- Fly with one of Virgin’s 10 partner airlines
- Book with one of Virgin’s travel partners which include hotels, car hire and travel extras
The points collected can then be redeemed and used for flights, hotels, car hire and travel extras.
Members can also join Virgin Red, a more everyday loyalty programme whereby members are rewarded for their everyday spending with online stores. Virgin red points can be used for everyday rewards, such as a sausage roll from Greggs, or saved up and used towards flights.
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