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[Expired] Buy Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points With up to a 70% Bonus

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U.S.-based travelers might not be intimately familiar with the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program, but it’s a go-to option for scoring some fantastic redemptions.

The program doesn’t regularly run promotions for purchasing points, but receiving a 70% bonus can offer you a very good deal, depending on the redemption you have in mind.

Here’s a look at the promotion details to help you decide whether it’s a good fit for you.

Promotion Details

Through March 31, 2024, you can earn up to a 70% bonus when purchasing Flying Club points.

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The more you purchase, the better the deal gets, especially if your account is registered in the United Kingdom.

  • Purchase 5,000 to 24,000 points and get a 20% bonus
  • Purchase 25,000 to 69,000 points and get a 40% bonus
  • Purchase 70,000 to 124,000 points and get a 60% bonus
  • Purchase 125,000 to 200,000 points and get a 70% bonus

Note that there will also be a 1-time transaction fee of $22/£15 for all purchases at checkout, and you can only purchase 200,000 points (before the bonus) each calendar year.

For U.S.-based buyers who were to max out this promotion, you would receive 340,000 points for $5,022.00. A rate of 1.48 cents per Flying Club point.

For U.K.-based buyers who were to max out this promotion, you would receive 340,000 for £3,015.00 ($3,851). A rate of 1.13 cents per Flying Club Point.

We value Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points at 1.4 cents apiece, so the 70% bonus allows you to purchase points far lower than that valuation if your account is based in the U.K. Plus, the Virgin Atlantic award chart has some killer sweet spots that help make the promotion worth considering either way.

Hot Tip:

Since Virgin Points are processed via Points.com and not directly with the airline, you won’t earn a bonus multiplier on travel purchases, when using cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve®. Instead, you’ll want to use credit cards that offer the highest return on non-bonus spend, such as The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express, which delivers 2x points on all eligible business purchases up to $50,000 per year, or the Chase Freedom Unlimited®, which rewards 1.5x points per dollar on all eligible purchases.

How To Redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points

In our view, the Virgin Atlantic program has several great sweet spots that travelers looking to use their hard-earned miles can take advantage of.

The first is booking Delta One business class tickets between the U.S. and Europe for 50,000 points each way, which is a fraction of what Delta would charge using its own SkyMiles program. Purchasing 70,000 points to get 112,000 points with the bonus would allow you to fly this round-trip for roughly $1,296, a solid deal as Delta regularly charges 2x to 3x that price for these tickets.

Although Virgin Atlantic raised the award rates for ANA first class tickets, this would be another phenomenal redemption if you’ve found the award space. You can still book ANA business class tickets from the West Coast of the U.S. to Japan for 90,000 points or from the East Coast of the U.S. to Japan for 95,000 points.

Purchasing points instead would be an absurdly good deal, considering that ANA often charges $10,000+ for these long-haul business class and first class tickets.

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ANA First Class is an amazing way to fly to Tokyo. Image Credit: ANA

All of that said, keep in mind that Virgin Atlantic is also a transfer partner of several programs including, Amex Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Hot Tip:

For those who have a large balance of points in one or more of these programs, you’d be much better off transferring points to book your reward.

Final Thoughts

As with most point purchase promotions, whether this is a good deal depends on your situation and how you plan to redeem the points. For those who are interested in taking advantage of this Virgin Atlantic promotion, make sure to do so before it ends on March 31, 2024.

For rates and fees of The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express, click here.

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Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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