Buy Virgin Points and get up to a 70% bonus with Virgin Atlantic’s best ever promotion

Feb 9, 2022

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Virgin Atlantic has introduced its best ever buy miles promotion. For a limited time, eligible Flying Club members can buy Virgin Points with up to a 70% bonus.

This latest buy points promotion from Virgin Atlantic is tiered, meaning the more Virgin Points that you buy, the bigger your bonus will be. The largest bonus you can get is 70%, while the smallest bonus is 15%.

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The tiered bonus structure for buying Virgin Points as part of this deal breaks down as follows:

  • Buy 5,000-24,000 Virgin Points, get a 15% bonus (buying for 1.3p apiece)
  • Buy 25,000-69,000 Virgin Points, get a 20% bonus (buying for 1.25p apiece)
  • Buy 70,000-119,000 Virgin Points, get a 40% bonus (buying for 1.07p apiece)
  • Buy 120,000-200,000 Virgin Points, get a 60% bonus (buying for 0.94p apiece)

Even better, if you have Silver or Gold status in Flying Club your bonus is even higher:

  • Buy 5,000-24,000 Virgin Points, get a 20% bonus (buying for 1.25p apiece)
  • Buy 25,000-69,000 Virgin Points, get a 30% bonus (buying for 1.15p apiece)
  • Buy 70,000-119,000 Virgin Points, get a 50% bonus (buying for 1.0p apiece)
  • Buy 120,000-200,000 Virgin Points, get a 70% bonus (buying for 0.88p apiece)

In other words, if you’re interested in getting a full 60% bonus on the points bought (or 70% if you have Flying Club status) — you’ll need to be prepared to spend a good chunk of money.

This promotion runs through 11 March 2022. Keep in mind, too, that according to the terms and conditions, Flying Club members can purchase up to 150,000 Virgin Points per calendar year. Bonus points earned as part of this promotion don’t count towards that total. Additionally, all buy points transactions are subject to a £15 (or $25) transaction fee.

The Loft – an area designed for Upper Class passengers to spend time away from their seats. (Photo by Daniel Ross/The Points Guy)

Is it worth it?

Before jumping into the specifics, it’s worth mentioning that TPG doesn’t recommend buying points speculatively. In other words, if you’ve got no immediate use for the purchased points, it may not be a good idea to buy a large sum of them. That’s because airline currencies are generally a bad long-term investment — at any moment, they could be devalued with little notice.

Related: When does it make sense to buy points and miles?

However, if you’ve got a use for the points, this is a great opportunity to top up your Flying Club account balance. TPG U.K. values Virgin Points at 1.2p apiece. With this promotion, you can purchase points for well under the price we value them at which is an excellent deal.

Let’s look at an example. Say you want to fly return from London to Cape Town in Upper Class. At off-peak levels, that return trip will cost 115,000 Virgin Points + £602. Purchasing those 115,000 points with the 40% bonus for non-status members would cost you £1,245.

(Image courtesy of Virgin Atlantic)

The cost of a return flight in Upper Class on this same route is typically around £3,000. Let’s break down the maths of the cost of the same ticket when using Virgin Points:

  • £1,245 — Cost of 115,000 Virgin Points
  • £602 — Cost of taxes & fees on the award ticket
  • £1,847 — Total cost of the award flight

Compared to paying cash, using Virgin Points can save you a large sum — in this example, it would be a saving of £1,153. Keep in mind that because of Air Passenger Duty taxes on flights departing from the U.K., taxes on award tickets are usually sky-high as factored into the calculations above.

Virgin Atlantic doesn’t run buy miles promotions very often. If you’ve been waiting for one, now is the time to act. One of Virgin Atlantic’s best-known variations of a buy miles promotion is its Miles Booster, which comes along every so often and can also represent good value for money.

Related: Don’t miss out on cheap Flying Club miles with 40% bonus miles

Bottom line

This is a nice buy miles promo from Virgin. If you’re in the market for a few extra Virgin Points, this could be a promo worth taking advantage of. However, you’ll need to buy at least 120,000 Virgin Points in order to unlock the highest 60% bonus if you don’t hold Flying Club status, or 70% bonus if you do hold status.

Keep in mind that Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards. In other words, you can transfer your Amex points to Virgin Points at a 1:1 ratio — no purchasing points involved.

Additional reporting by Ben Smithson.

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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