Some links to products and travel providers on this website will earn Traveling For Miles a commission that helps contribute to the running of the site. Traveling For Miles has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Traveling For Miles and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, endorsed, or approved by any of these entities. For more details please see the disclosures found at the bottom of every page.
Virgin Atlantic has taken another look at the travel landscape and decided that the time is right to offer frequent flyers yet another helping hand. Following on from the two 6-month elite status extensions that Virgin Atlantic offered Flying Club members in 2020 and the 3-month extension announced in February, the airline is now extending elite statuses for the fourth time.
Virgin Atlantic Status Extensions
With some Virgin Flying Club elite statuses set to expire in the coming months and with UK residents still being advised not to travel to most of Virgin Atlantic’s destinations, the airline has announced that all Silver and Gold Flying Club members will now have the expiry date of their membership year extended by a further 3 months.
So, if for example, a Flying Club member’s original membership year expiry date was 30 June 2021, the 3-month extension from February changed that to 30 September and now their new membership year expiry date should read 31 December 2021.
Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer at Virgin Atlantic, is quoted as saying:
“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. 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.”
New membership cards will not be sent out in the post but the extended membership will be viewable online in members’ accounts in the coming days (if not already), and a digital membership card (complete with extended membership year) will be printable from the Virgin Atlantic website or downloadable to the Virgin Atlantic app.
Virgin Atlantic Voucher Extensions
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members who have earned companion vouchers, upgrade vouchers, or Clubhouse access vouchers that were still valid as of 13 March 2020, will have the expiration day of those vouchers extended by a further 3 months (with this latest extension, these vouchers will have had their expiration date extended by 18 months).
To be clear, this refers to vouchers offered through the Virgin Atlantic Reward and Reward+ credit cards (issued in the UK) and the Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard (issued in the US) as well as companion vouchers, Clubhouse passes, and upgrades issued to Flying Club Gold members as part of their benefits package or for hitting select tier point targets.
Replacement vouchers will not be issued but the vouchers in Flying Club members’ account will be valid through the new expiration date.
Virgin Atlantic has just announced that it will be extending Flying Club elite statuses, companion vouchers, upgrade vouchers, and Clubhouse access vouchers for a further 3 months. All extensions will appear in members’ Flying Club accounts in the coming days while some accounts may already have been updated.