Virgin Atlantic extending elite status and vouchers by additional 3 months
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Virgin Atlantic is extending elite status and Companion Vouchers for members of its Flying Club who have been grounded due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, Virgin announced that it’s giving elite members more time to maintain their status, as well as extending the expiration dates on some benefits.
Virgin is extending the status for Gold and Silver members by three additional months. While the number of Tier Points needed is staying the same — 1,000 for Gold and 400 for Silver — members will get an additional three months added to their membership year to meet the requirements for an additional year of status.
In 2020 and early 2021, Virgin had previously announced that it was extending members’ elite status by six months at three different points. This three-month extension is in addition to that — totalling 18 months of extensions.
While Flying Club isn’t sending out new physical membership cards with the new status expiration date, Virgin will offer a digital membership card online and via the airline’s app.
Members can log in to their Flying Club account to see how many Tier Points they’ve earned and the new end date for their membership year online or on the app.
In addition to extending status and requalification periods for elites, Flying Club is also extending the validity for some benefits. For all members, regardless of status, Virgin is extending the following rewards that are valid as of 13 March 2020:
- Companion Vouchers have been extended by three months;
- Upgrade Vouchers have been extended by three months; and
- Clubhouse Vouchers have been extended by three months.
All new expiry dates will show in members’ Flying Club accounts soon. You will not need to call Virgin to update your status or extend your reward benefit, as it will be automatically done.
“As international travel gradually resumes, we understand our customers may need increased flexibility as they navigate the easing of restrictions and make plans to travel in 2021 and beyond”, Virgin Atlantic Chief Digital and Marketing Officer Siobhan Fitzpatrick said. “We appreciate how important Flying Club is to our valued members and we’re committed to rewarding those who choose to fly with Virgin Atlantic, so I’m delighted we can reassure our customers with an additional three months validity on their accounts.”
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