6 Ways to Earn Virgin Flying Club Miles Without Flying

Jul 26, 2019

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Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club is an excellent, underrated programme with some amazing redemption opportunities. You may already be earning miles by flying Virgin Atlantic or its partner airlines, but if your feet are on the ground, there are also plenty of ways to earn miles without even setting foot on a plane. Here are some of our favourites.

Virgin Atlantic Credit Cards

For your everyday spending, there are two Virgin cobranded credit cards available in the UK:

Both cards come with generous sign-up bonuses, and you can earn miles for purchases of just about anything, with bonus miles for purchases directly with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays. These cards are also handy for any retailers that might not accept American Express.

Keep in mind that you can also transfer Membership Rewards points from American Express to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club at a rate of 1:1.

(Photo by Josh Gribben / The Points Guy)

Hotel Stays

If you’re booking a hotel stay, consider booking a hotel that partners with Flying Club and will provide additional Flying Club miles for each stay. There’s an impressive list of worldwide hotel groups on offer, covering tens of thousands of properties in more than 100 countries, including Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Best Western and Virgin Hotels itself.

You can see a full list of participating hotels here.

Car Hire

If you’re picking up a rental car either at home or abroad, you can earn a decent stack of miles by booking through a Flying Club vehicle partner and providing your Flying Club number either at the time of booking or when collecting the vehicle. Like hotel partners, there are some major rental brands here like Avis, Hertz, Sixt and National Car Rental.

Portugal, Lisbon, Humberto Delgado Airport, competing car rental counters, Avis, Budget, Europcar. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)
Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

Virgin Wines

You can drink your way to your flight with the Virgin Wines programme. It offers a subscription service where it will deliver a dozen (or more) bottles of wine every month plus free next-day delivery.

The program also awards 3,000 Flying Club miles for new customers’ first purchase. According to TPG UK’s current valuation of Flying Club miles, those 3,000 miles are worth almost £40.

Online Shopping

If you do most of your shopping online rather than physically heading down to the High Street, then Flying Club’s ‘Shops Away’ e-store offers generous offers for purchases with household name retailers like:

  • Debenhams
  • Vodafone
  • Argos
  • Trainline
  • Harvey Nichols
  • ASOS
  • TK Maxx

Retailers will either offer a certain number of Flying Club miles per £1 spent — sometimes as much as 10 miles per £1 — or, for larger purchases like a new mobile phone, they may offer a fixed amount like 3,000 miles, regardless of the purchase price.

Until 30 September 2019, Shops Away is offering double points on most purchases. You can start shopping and earning Flying Club miles here.

Virgin Trains

If you take trains more than planes, you can earn 1 Flying Club mile for every £1 spent on West Coast Mainline. You can do this by entering your Flying Club number when you make the booking.

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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