While it is not often, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is known to sell points with generous bonuses when it does. How not often the program sells points shows when it only sold points three times this year. That is how rare the program sells points.
And with the latest promotion, it is worth considering buying points as you can redeem them on great partners.
Buy Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points With A 70% Bonus
Through the end of the year, December 31, 2022, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is selling points with a bonus of up to 70%. The bonus offered when buying points are tiered as follows:
- Buy between 5,000 and 24,000 points, and receive a 20% bonus
- Buy between 25,000 and 69,000 points, and receive a 30% bonus
- Buy between 70,000 and 119,000 points, and receive a 50% bonus
- Buy between 120,000 and 200,000 points, and receive a 70% bonus
The points purchased and bonus points will be credited and will appear on your account within 24 hours.
How Many Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points You Can Buy
Flying Club members generally can purchase a total of 100,000 points each calendar year, in increments of 1,000 points. However, between December 9, 2022, through December 31, 2022, which is the promotional period, the maximum limit has been increased to 200,000.
How Much Do Virgin Flying Club Points Cost
Flying Club points cost varies by country of residence on the main member’s account Members can purchase points in increments of 1,000.
If your Flying Club account is registered under a UK address, it costs £15 for every 1,000 base points purchased. Moreover, there is a one-time £15 transaction fee. So for example, if you buy 1,000 points you will pay £30, and so on.
For members registered under a US address, it costs US$27 for every 1,000 base points purchased. Moreover, there is a one-time US$25 transaction fee.
This clearly shows members based in the UK have more potential to purchase points at lower cost considering the current exchange rate of £1 to US$1.23.
Let us go over the pricing from the promotion. Based on the maximum amount of points purchased:
- Members in the UK registered address will be able to purchase 340,000 points at £3,015
- Members in the US registered address will be able to purchase 340,000 points at US$5,022
The rate shows US registered members will be paying 1.47 cents per point while UK registered members pay 1.08 cents per point.
Redeeming Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points
Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club is an amazing frequent flyer program as you can redeem seats on Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Suites on its brand new Airbus A330-900Neo or on partner airlines.
The Flying Club offers great award redemption rates however keep in mind that the carrier-imposed surcharges are quite high on Virgin Atlantic flights departing from the US or the UK. For example:
- A one-way Upper Class award from New York to London costs 47,500 points plus hefty US$624 taxes, fees and surcharges.
- A one-way Upper Class award from London to New York costs 47,5000 points plus US$567 in taxes fees and surcharges.
While the surcharges on its own flight are high, the program does offer the best redemption value when redeeming award seats on partners such as ANA or Delta Airlines.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has a zone-based award chart for ANA, and you can book ANA’s amazing first class “The Suite” from the US to Japan between 55,000 points ~ 60,000 points one-way.
You can also book Delta Airlines Delta One seat with Flying Club points as low as 47,500 ~ 77,500 points from the US to the UK while it costs around 50,000 points from the US to Europe and vice versa. There are also surcharges depending on the routes but those fees are not as high as the ones you can find from Virgin Atlantic flights.
Through December 31, 2022, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program is offering up to a 70% bonus on points purchase. This is a great opportunity to buy each point at a rate as low as 1.08 cents for UK-registered accounts or 1.47 cents for US-registered accounts.
The Flying Club program is amazing when redeeming award seats on partner airlines such as ANA although finding one is like finding a needle in a haystack and patience is required. But this buy point promotion is definitely worth it if you are looking to book one of the flights for your travels.