Virgin Atlantic Flying Club announce reduced status threshold requirements and new earning benefits for members

Nov 9, 2021

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Following an exciting day with the reopening of Virgin Atlantic’s largest destination market yesterday, the airline has announced a series of great improvements to their Flying Club loyalty programme.

Firstly, from April 2022, members can earn elite status more easily, with the following reductions in tier point requirements for the foreseeable future:

  • Silver status can be earned with just 300 tier points per rolling 12 months (reduced from the usual 400)
  • Gold status can be earned with just 800 tier points per rolling 12 months (reduced from the usual 1,000)

While we have seen a number of loyalty programmes reduce elite status requirements and extend existing status during pandemic lockdowns, this announcement from Virgin Atlantic can give comfort to members that status is also still achievable in a post-pandemic travel world.

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Secondly, members can also earn tier points from booking Virgin Atlantic Holidays from 9 November onwards at a rate of 20 tier points per £500 spent, up to a maximum of 400 tier points per booking – this means you could potentially earn silver status in the Flying Club programme with just one single Virgin Atlantic Holidays booking depending on the cost.

Finally, for those travellers keen to increase their balance of Virgin Points as well as tier points there is even more good news. Flying Club members will earn additional Virgin points with every pound spent with Virgin Atlantic Holidays bookings at the following rates:

  • Flying Club Red status members will earn 2 points per £1 spent
  • Silver members will earn 3 points per £1 spent
  • Gold members will earn 4 points per £1 spent

To show just how generous these improvements are, let’s imagine that you were a Flying Club Red member booking a Virgin Holiday from London (LHR) to Orlando (MCO) consisting of Virgin Atlantic flights and accommodation costing £2,000 including flights in Premium (W or S fare classes), all paid for on your Virgin Atlantic Rewards+ credit card after April 2022.

You would earn:

  • 200 tier points + 17,336 Virgin Points for the flights flown; plus
  • 80 tier points + 4,000 Virgin Points for the £2,000 spend with Virgin Atlantic Holidays; plus
  • 6,000 Virgin Points by paying with your co-branded credit card.

In total, for one holiday that would equal a whopping 280 tier points and 27,336 Virgin Points. That’s a fantastic earning structure from the Flying Club programme and you can quickly work your way up to Silver status where you can earn even more tier points for your travels.

Virgin Atlantic will also finally be issuing one-time Clubhouse passes to existing Flying Club Silver members as a reward for their loyalty through the pandemic. Silver members will also be allowed to pool their Virgin Points into a household account, a handy feature that was previously reserved for Gold members only.

While loyalty programme announcements are usually negative devaluations, these are really positive changes and reiterate that Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is a valuable and underrated loyalty programme.

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