Virgin Atlantic Points will have the best value when redeemed towards award 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 credit cards.
Virgin Atlantic is a direct transfer partner of several major U.S. credit card rewards programs including American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards. This makes it extremely easy to earn a lot of Virgin Atlantic points.
Citi ThankYou Rewards
Citi ThankYou Rewards points can be transferred to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club at a 1:1 ratio meaning that a transfer of 1,000 Citi points would give you 1,000 Virgin Points. Do note that you must be a Citi Premier® Card holder in order to transfer ThankYou points to Citi's full list of partners, including Virgin Atlantic.
Here are the best credit cards for earning ThankYou points:
|Credit Card||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best For Everyday Spending & Travel
|For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.||$95|
Best For 2% Back
|For a limited time, earn $200 cash back after spending $1,500 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening.||$0|
Best For Automatically Maximizing Rewards
|Earn $200 cash back after you spend $1,500 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening. This bonus offer will be fulfilled as 20,000 ThankYou® Points, which can be redeemed for $200 cash back.||$0|
Best For 10% Point Rebate
|Earn 20,000 bonus points after you spend $1,500 in purchases with your card within 3 months of account opening; redeemable for $200 in gift cards at thankyou.com.||$0|
American Express Membership Rewards
American Express Membership Rewards points can be transferred to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio. This means every 1,000 AMEX points you transfer will give you 1,000 Virgin points.
Here's the best credit card offers for earning Membership Rewards points:
|Credit Card||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Travel
|Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.||$695|
Best For Restaurants & U.S. Supermarkets
|Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.||$250|
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Business Travel
|Earn 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.||$695|
Best For Business Rewards
|Earn 70,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.||$295|
Best For Small Business & Miscellaneous Purchases
|Earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.||$0|
Chase Ultimate Rewards
Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio meaning that every 1,000 Chase points you transfer to Flying Club will give you 1,000 Virgin points.
Here's the best credit cards for earning Ultimate Rewards points:
|Credit Card||Intro Bonus||Annual Fee|
Best For High Value & Travel Benefits
|Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.||$550|
Best For Flexible Travel Rewards
|Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.||$95|
Best For Flexible Business Travel Rewards
|Earn 100k bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 cash back or $1,250 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.||$95|
How Much Are Virgin Points Worth?
The Point Calculator value Virgin Points at 1.2 cents on average for economy flights with Virgin Atlantic. This means that 10,000 points has a rough value of about $120.
Virgin Points Value
|Redemption option||Redemption value in cents|
|Award Flights (Research, First/Business Class)||2|
|Award Flights (Average)||1.2|
|Eurostar e-Voucher||0.4 pence (£0.04)|
Virgin Atlantic Flights
Virgin Points will have the best value when redeemed for award flights with Virgin Atlantic and other airline partners. This will give you an average of around 1.2 cents per point.
While that may be the average, it's not hard to get a higher value, especially when booking upper class cabins with Virgin Atlantic and select partners.
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 where in the U.S. you're flying from, 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.
Do note that 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.
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.
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
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 Dollars
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
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