Virgin Atlantic Flying Club doesn’t sell points all that often, though the program has just launched its latest promotion on purchased points.
Buy Virgin Atlantic points with 50% bonus
Through April 30, 2021, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased points. The bonus is tiered, and you receive a bigger bonus the more points you buy, as follows:
- Buy 5,000-24,000 points, get a 15% bonus
- Buy 25,000-69,000 points, get a 30% bonus
- Buy 70,000-99,000 points, get a 40% bonus
- Buy 100,000-150,000 points, get a 50% bonus
There are a few things worth noting:
- Flying Club members can purchase up to 150,000 points per calendar year pre-bonus
- Buying Flying Club points is subjected to a transaction fee of £15/$25
- Purchased points will post within 24 hours
- Virgin Atlantic points purchases are processed by points.com, so wouldn’t qualify as airfare for the purposes of credit card spending; see this post for the best credit cards for buying points
What’s the best deal to be had here? Flying Club ordinarily sells points for 2.7 cents each (in USD). That means through this promotion you could purchase a total of 225,000 Flying Club points (including 75,000 bonus points) for $4,050, which is a cost of 1.8 cents (in USD) per Flying Club point.
This is about as good as promotions on purchased points get with Virgin Atlantic. However, is this a good enough offer that you should actually consider buying points?
Is buying Virgin Atlantic points worth it?
Virgin Atlantic is a fantastic niche frequent flyer program, and there are some potentially great redemption opportunities.
Of course you can redeem Virgin Atlantic points for travel on Virgin Atlantic (including for travel in Upper Class), but the catch is that the carrier imposed surcharges are significant, so you’ll be out of pocket quite a bit, in addition to the points required.
Redeem points for travel in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class
What really makes Flying Club great is the partner redemption opportunities, including a couple of sweet spots:
- You can redeem just 120,000 Flying Club points for a roundtrip ANA first-class ticket between the US and Tokyo, and carrier-imposed surcharges are mild
- You can redeem just 50,000 Flying Club points for a one-way Delta business class ticket between the US and Europe, and there are no carrier-imposed surcharges if you originate in the US and aren’t traveling to the UK
Redeem points for travel in Delta business class
Redeeming on ANA is my single favorite use of Virgin Atlantic points. Now, if you could acquire 120,000 points at 1.8 cents each, that would be like paying under $2,200 for a roundtrip ANA first-class ticket between the US and Asia, which is incredible. However:
- That’s one specific use of points
- Who knows when we’ll be able to visit Japan again
Redeem points for travel in ANA first class
Personally, the main reason I wouldn’t buy Virgin Atlantic points is because of how easy they are to come by through transferable points currencies. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, so there are lots of ways to earn these points.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is offering a 50% bonus on purchased points, which is an opportunity to buy the points for 1.8 cents each. While this is just about the best price Virgin Atlantic will offer for Flying Club points directly, personally, it’s still not a rate at which I’d buy them.
That largely comes down to how easy Flying Club points are to come by, thanks to the major transferable points currencies. However, for those without access to those currencies and with a specific use in mind, this could be a solid deal.
Do you plan on buying Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points with a 50% bonus?