Virgin Atlantic Flying Club buy miles promo
Until 16th February, buy Virgin Flying Club miles with a bonus. The bonuses are staggered. Here’s what you have to spend to get to each bonus tier:
- 15% – Buy 5000 + 750 bonus for £75
- 20% – Buy 10000 + 2000 bonus for £150
- 30% – Buy 30000 + 9000 bonus for £450
- 40% – Buy 70000 + 28000 bonus for £1050
- 50% – Buy 101000 + 50500 bonus for £1515
Here’s what you’ll be paying in pence per mile at each tier:
- 15% = 1.3p
- 20% = 1.25p
- 30% = 1.15p
- 40% = 1.07p
- 50% = 1p
The usual annual purchase limit of 100000 has been raised. The most you can buy here is 150000 miles with 75000 bonus miles for £2250.
What’s a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club mile worth?
Hard to say, as usual, but you can easily get at least 1p of value per mile when redeeming for Virgin Atlantic Premium. With Upper Class, it is easy to get more than that. Even at the 40% bonus you shouldn’t lose out.
For example, Upper Class from LHR to JFK off-peak is 95000 miles + £560 tax (varies) return.
On a quick sample search I see the same flight for £6122. If you bought miles and paid the taxes you’d be spending £1610 instead of £6122. However, you’re still paying £1610 for a return flight.
Don’t kid yourself that £1610 is a bargain, because it isn’t. At least, not unless you really were going to hand over £6122 for that flight.
The same London – New York route is about £1000 in Premium. At 35000 miles plus £459 of tax, if you bought miles under this promo you’d be paying £909. Not such an attractive proposition. Especially if you factor in the miles you would earn on the cash ticket.
It’s definitely possible to get a lot of value out of this offer, but you should only buy if you have a definite plan for a specific redemption where you know you will gain more than the cost of the miles. Buying speculatively is never a good idea.
You have until the 16th to price up any redemptions you’ve been thinking of and make sure you are going to win before buying any miles. It’s certainly not the first time Virgin Atlantic have offered buy miles bonuses.
And remember – From Thursday you’ll be able to redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles with Air France KLM, which opens up a whole new world of potentially very valuable redemptions.
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