5 ways to earn Virgin Points without flying

Jun 7, 2022

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

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Virgin FLying CLUB Credit Cards

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

Both cards come with generous sign-up bonuses, and you can earn Virgin Points for purchases of just about anything, with bonus points for purchases directly with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays. These cards are also handy for any retailers that might not accept American Express. Furthermore, the regular Reward Credit Card comes without an annual fee, so there is virtually no reason to not get it.

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.

Virgin Flying Club Credit Cards
(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 Virgin Points 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.

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Car Hire

If you’re picking up a rental car either at home or abroad, you can earn a decent stack of points 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.

Related: How a single excellent experience restored my faith in rental cars

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 2,000 Virgin Points for new customers’ first purchase. According to TPG UK’s current valuation of Virgin Points, those 2,000 points are worth more than £20.

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 Virgin Points 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 points, regardless of the purchase price.

You can start shopping and earning Virgin Points here.

Related: Everything to know about maximising online shopping portals for bonus points and miles

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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