Virgin Atlantic Flying Club doesn’t sell points all that often, though the program has just launched its best-ever offer on purchased points, by a long shot. This could seriously be worth considering.
Buy Virgin Atlantic points with 70% bonus
Through Saturday, August 14, 2021, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is offering up to a 70% bonus on purchased points. While the offer is being marketed as offering up to a 60% bonus on the homepage, when logging in I see a 70% bonus on all the accounts that I manage.
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 20% bonus
- Buy 25,000-69,000 points, get a 30% bonus
- Buy 70,000-99,000 points, get a 50% bonus
- Buy 100,000-150,000 points, get a 70% 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 255,000 Flying Club points (including 75,000 bonus points) for $4,075, which is a cost of 1.6 cents (in USD) per Flying Club point.
The deal gets even better if you have an account registered in the UK, as Virgin Atlantic charges either £15 or $27 for every 1,000 base points purchased, depending on where your account is registered. In other words, with a UK account you could purchase 255,000 points for £2,250, which is a cost of £0.88 per Flying Club point (1.22 cents in USD).
This is by far the best offer we’ve ever seen on purchasing Flying Club points. Previously the biggest bonus was for 50%, so this is much better.
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 60,000 Flying Club points for a one-way All Nippon Airways 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 60,000 points at 1.6 cents each, that would be like paying under $1,000 for a one-way first class ticket between the US and Asia, which is incredible. However:
- That’s one specific use of points, and it’s anyone’s guess how long that redemption will stick around in its current form
- 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 70% bonus on purchased points, which is an opportunity to buy the points for 1.6 cents each (or even less with an account registered in the UK). This is by far the best promotion we’ve seen from Virgin Atlantic directly on purchased points, and with a specific use in mind this could represent a great deal.
That being said, I’d probably still choose to transfer points from one of Flying Club’s partners, given how easy they are to come by.
Do you plan on buying Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points with a 70% bonus?