A free return upgrade with my Virgin Atlantic credit card: TPG reader success story

Aug 16, 2020

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We’ve been asking to hear your travel success and mistake stories to both celebrate and help our TPG U.K. community — even if you’re not travelling right now.

This week, Karen emailed to share how her credit card provides her with a free upgrade each and every year.

“I read your guide on the best ways to spend 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles and I wanted to share the way I use mine. If you have a Virgin Atlantic Rewards+ Credit Card like I do, you earn a free return upgrade voucher from economy to Premium class flying Virgin each year when you spend £10,000 on the card.

You earn at least 15,000 miles for spending those £10,000 each year (because you earn 1.5 points per normal £1 spent). That’s enough for a one-way economy seat redemption. You then simply upgrade to Premium using the upgrade voucher from the credit card. You need to pay the fees and taxes for the economy seat redemption, but other than that, given you really earned the miles at no cost, it’s a free upgrade! 

I flew from London (LHR) to Hong Kong (HKG) and back in Virgin Atlantic Premium for only 25,000 Flying Club miles, plus the fees and taxes and the upgrade voucher. I think it’s an amazing deal.”

Related: Premium, upgraded: A review of Virgin Atlantic’s new Premium product on the A350

Virgin Atlantic has a solid premium economy product and this is a very smart way to maximise your travel by using your miles and a credit card perk to have a much more comfortable journey. This credit card currently comes with 15,000 Flying Club bonus miles after making your first purchase in the first 90 days, and you will earn more miles for every £1 you spend on the card.

Featured image by Emily McNutt / The Points Guy

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