Virgin Atlantic Points will have the best value when redeemed towards premium and upper class flights with Virgin Atlantic and their airline partners.
Along with booking award flights, points can be used for chauffeur service, Virgin Atlantic's popular clubhouse spas, and with a handful of spending partners featuring airlines, hotels, Virgin Group partners, and more.
How to earn Virgin points
The best way to earn Virgin Atlantic Points is through intro bonuses and everyday spending across both Virgin Atlantic credit cards and American Express Membership Rewards credit cards.
Virgin Atlantic credit cards
Virgin Atlantic offers two credit cards that you can use to earn points on everyday spend: Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Credit Card and the Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card. Both cards offer a solid return on your spend and grant an annual award based on your status in the Flying Club program.
American Express credit cards
Membership Rewards Points earned with AMEX UK can be transferred to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio. This means that 1,000 AMEX points can be converted to 1,000 Virgin Points.
This opens up a handful of additional credit cards you can use to quickly build up your balance of Virgin Atlantic Points.
|Credit Card||Benefits||Annual Fee|
||£0 the first year, then £160|
||£0 first year, then £175 annually|
How much are Virgin points worth in pounds?
Virgin Atlantic Points are worth around 0.5p each for economy flights and as much as 2p each for First and Business class flights. This means that 10,000 points are worth anywhere from £50 to £200.
With Virgin Atlantic, the higher and more costly the flight, the better value you'll get out of your points. It's best to set a personal minimum redemption value and stick to redeeming points for that value or higher.
Virgin points value UK
|Redemption options||Redemption value|
|Premium and upper class cabin bookings with Virgin Atlantic and their airline partners||1p - 2p|
|Economy flights with Virgin Atlantic and their airline partners||0.5p - 0.6p|
|Virgin Brand redemptions||0.5p - 0.55p|
Redeeing points for award flights
Virgin Points will have the best value when redeemed for premium and upper class award flights with Virgin Atlantic and other airline partners. Booking economy rewards, especially inexpensive ones, will give your points around 0.5p to 0.6p in value.
Virgin points truely shine when it comes to booking premium and upper class awards which can get you anywhere from 1p to 2p. This is what you should try to strive for if you're building up points with Virgin Atlantic.
You can earn and redeem Virgin Points with the following partners:
- Air France/KLM
- Air New Zealand
- All Nippon Airways (ANA)
- Delta Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- Virgin Australia
- *Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) - earn only
Only award flights on Delta Airlines can be booked through the Virgin Atlantic website. You'll need to call in to book with all the other airlines.
You can check availability using other websites (such as searching ANA availability on United's website).
Listed below are a few popular redemption options with Virgin Atlantic that can get you some value out of your points.
Fly from the U.S. to Europe on Virgin Atlantic
The most straightforward redemption is to use Virgin Atlantic Points to fly between the U.S. and Europe. Depending on origin and destination, economy tickets cost as low as 20,000 points, premium economy as low as 35,000, and upper class as low as 95,000 points.
Virgin Atlantic charges high fuel surcharges on its award flights, so you'll want to compare the cash price along side the award cost to make sure it's worth redeeming your Virgin Points.
Do note that the cost of flights with Virgin Atlantic can change depending on the season. So tickets may be higher during what Virgin Atlantic calls the off season. You can get the full details on their peak and off-peak pricing on the Virgin Atlantic Reward Flights page.
Fly Delta One Suites
My personal favorite use of Virgin Points is redeeming them for flights on Delta One. You can redeem 50,000 to 75,000 points to fly one-way on Delta's excellent business class product to several popular destinations.
Finding award flights can be a little challenging and may take some mild searching, but it's well worth it.
If you're not based in the UK, you'll have a better chance of finding award flights by changing the region to 'United Kingdom - English' or by going directly to https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en to search for availability.
Other great flight redemptions
There's a handful of other redemptions that can grant you some sweet spots when using Virgin Points. Just note that you'll need to call in to book these reservations if they're not on Delta.
- All Nippon Airways (ANA) - First Class to Japan
- Virgin Australia - Travel within Australia
- South African Airways - Travel within Africa
- Air New Zealand - Travel To Oceania From New Zealand
Virgin Red is the main rewards portal for Virgin Atlantic. Through this portal, you can redeem your Virgin Points towards a long list of redemptions starting at just 200 Virgin Points.
- Food, Beverage, Wine
- Vue Cinema Tickets
- Flight Promotions/Discounts
The value you get out of purchases made through Virgin Red will heavily vary. If you have points to burn, it's worth scrolling through the long list of redemption options they provide.
I also recommend checking out the flight promotions and discounts that they list. You can use the filter option and select Travel to show these deals.
Redeeming points with hotel partners
Virgin Points can be used to book hotels through Kaligo.com. You can redeem your miles for Kaligo e-vouchers through the Flying Club helpline. Each voucher is worth 1 night and the cost in points will depend on the type of hotel room:
- 1 Night at Standard Category - 20,000 Points
- 1 Night at Premium Category - 30,000 Points
- 1 Night at Luxury Category - 40,000 Points
Each category is determined by Kaligo, so you'll want to check out their website to see which hotels fall under each category.
Virgin Points can be redeemed for e-Vouchers that can be put towards rides on Eurostar. There's two redemption options:
- 12,500 Points = £50 Eurostar e-vouchers
- 25,000 Points = £100 Eurostar e-vouchers
Redeeming points with Virgin brands and services
The Virgin Group has a bunch of different services that you can redeem your points for. These services are:
- Virgin Holidays - Bucket list trips and vacation packages
- Virgin Limited Edition - Luxury destinations and once in a lifetime trips
- Virgin Experience Days - Gifts, helicopter rides, and more
- Virgin Wines - Get wine delivered to your doorstep
- Virgin Galactic - Redeem Points for a chance to go to space (yes, actual space)
- Virgin Active - Gym/Fitness (South Africa Only)
- Virgin Gift Card - Pick up a gift card that can be used for Virgin services
You can check out The Virgin Group page to get the full details on each of these services as well as several other services they offer that can earn you Virgin Points.
Convert Virgin points to pounds
Use the Virgin Atlantic Points Value Calculator to determine the cash value of Virgin Points based on redemption. This will help give you an idea of how much your points are worth
|Premium and upper class bookings with Virgin Atlantic and their airline partners||£0 - £0|
|Economy flights with Virgin Atlantic and their airline partners||£0 - £0|
|Virgin Brand redemptions||£0 - £0|
Pay Virgin points or cash calculator
Use the Redemption Value Calculator to determine the exact value of your points based on the cost of a redemption in cash versus the cost in Virgin points plus any taxes/fees/surcharges. Based on the value, you will then be able to decide if the redemption is worth it or not.
How much are Virgin Atlantic Points worth in the UK?
Economy flight redemptions offer an average of 0.5p while Premium and upper class flights offer anywhere from 1p to 2p each. This means 10,000 points can be worth anywhere from £50 to £200.