EXTENDED: Virgin Atlantic Is Offering Double Points On All Bookings

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Back on 24 September, Virgin Atlantic announced that as well as renaming its currency “Virgin Points”. it would be offering double points on all bookings made by 1 October 2020. Well, today is 1 October and Virgin Atlantic has just extended the booking period by a couple of weeks.

Miles = Points (So Don’t Worry)

The most important thing to stress from the outset (about “Virgin Points”) is that this is just a rebranding exercise and that the value your Flying Club balance hasn’t changed. 1 Flying Club Mile = 1 Virgin Point so there’s no change in the cost of awards or in what you can earn from flying, credit cards, etc…

Virgin has confirmed that the name change has been brought in to allow it to offer a single currency across a range of products that the Virgin brand sells, and that Flying Club members should expect to see more choices to earn and spend Virgin Points from next year.

Virgin Points Don’t Expire

Flying Club Miles expired after a Flying Club account went 3 years without activity so Virgin Atlantic already had one of the more generous mileage expiration policies around. Going forward, Virgin Points will not expire at all and although this won’t be of particular interest to readers who have points flowing in and out of their Flying Club accounts on a reasonably frequent basis, it’s certainly good news for people like me who, despite the generosity of the outgoing policy, still somehow managed to let Joanna’s balance expire a few years ago (that was not my finest moment!)

Earn Double Points On Virgin Atlantic Flights

To celebrate Flying Club miles becoming Virgin Points, Virgin Atlantic is offering customers double points for bookings made before 1 October 2020 15 October 2020.

Key Terms & Conditions

  • Members do not need to register for this offer.
  • Members must book a flight through virginatlantic.com, virginholidays.co.uk, or via a Virgin Atlantic contact center to be eligible for the bonus
  • Flights must be both operated by Virgin Atlantic and marketed by Virgin Atlantic (flight number starts with VS) to be eligible for the bonus points. Codeshare flights are excluded from this offer.
  • Travel completed in all classes will earn double points per sector.
  • Applicable for flights booked and tickets issued between 24 September 2020 and 1st October 2020 15 October 2020
  • Reward tickets are excluded from this offer, apart from Points Plus Money bookings which are applicable for bonus points.
  • Bonus points will be added to the total points earned for the flight. Bonus points will not appear as a separate transaction in the member’s online account.
  • Gold members (60%) and Silver members (30%) will still earn tier bonus points. The promotional points will be included in the tier bonus.
  • The normal Flying Club points and the bonus Flying Club points will be automatically credited to your Flying Club account within seven days of your Qualifying Flights.

Please see the Virgin Atlantic website for full terms and conditions

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Quick Thoughts

Virgin Atlantic hasn’t published a date by which flights need to be flown to be eligible for this promotion so a big bit of good news here is that although bookings have to be made by 15 October, double points can be earned on all bookable Virgin Atlantic flights (i.e as far into 2021 as Virgin will allow you to book).

Considering there are some very good Upper Class deals still available for transatlantic travel deep into 2021 (e.g London – San Francisco for under £1,300 roundtrip) there are a lot of points on offer here…just make sure you’re aware of what Virgin’s latest cancellation policy looks like before you decide to make the most of this deal.

Bottom Line

Virgin Atlantic has renamed its loyalty currency “Virgin Points” and has declared that Virgin points will never expire. To celebrate the rebranding (that’s all it is for now) Virgin Atlantic is offering double points on all bookings (in all cabins) made by 15 October 2020.