Flying Club - Virgin Atlantic

Flying Club
Flying Club is the official frequent flyer program of Virgin Atlantic Airways. Designed with Virgin Atlantic's most valuable frequent flyers in mind, Flying Club rewards these top-shelf passengers handsomely with swimming pools of points and miles for their loyalty, dedication, and business. Virgin Atlantic Airways was launched and within a decade it had transported more than one million passengers. It became the first airline to offer individual television to business class passengers. The airline has continued offering innovative concepts, such as Flying Club Rewards with the same customer-friendly initiative as its founder!
  • Pros
  • Good number of transfer partners
  • Discount on Virgin holidays 10%
  • Airport parking discount 5%
  • Cons
  • Cash and miles restriction ❶
  • Low number of partner airlines
  • Partners cannot be booked online
  • Most airlines impose fuel surcharge
  • Fees & Charges
  • Change award fee
    $50
  • Cancellation fee
    $50
  • Expiration: Miles expire 36 months since last activity.
  • For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
  • ❶ Cash and miles fares require a Saturday night stay

Transfer Partners

1,000
Chase points
0.76 : 1
1,316
miles
Instant
1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+ 5,000 bonus
1,000
miles
30 days
1,000
Citi points
1 : 1
1,000
miles
Instant
1,000
Amex points
1 : 1
1,000
miles
2 days
1,000
Hyatt points
1.67 : 1
599
miles
56 days
1,000
Marriott points
2.8 : 1
357
miles
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
Hilton points
6.67 : 1
150
miles
4 days
The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to Flying Club.
Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines And Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic
No alliance
Air China Air China
Star Alliance™
Air New Zealand Air New Zealand
Star Alliance™
ANA ANA
Star Alliance™
Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines
SkyTeam
Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines
No alliance
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Jet Airways Jet Airways
No alliance
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines
oneworld®
Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines
Star Alliance™
South African Airways South African Airways
Star Alliance™
Virgin Australia Virgin Australia
No alliance

Program review

Rewards with the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 

The charismatic Sir Richard Branson shocked the airline industry in the 19 Eighties when he announced the launch of an airline that would offer customers high-quality value for their money! Virgin Atlantic Airways was launched and within a decade it had transported more than one million passengers. It became the first airline to offer individual television to business class passengers. The airline has continued offering innovative concepts, such as Flying Club Rewards with the same customer-friendly initiative as its founder!

 

Your Flying Club Opportunity

Simply put, your Virgin Atlantic Flying offers you the opportunity of earning and accumulating flight miles based on the distances you travel, the type of ticket purchased and your membership tier. Adding to this is the benefit provided by earning from and spending with miles generated by worldwide partnerships, both air-bound and ground-based.

Status is an essential ingredient of any form of reward program. As you earn and collect Points the sky is the limit, watching your status ascend from: 

  • Red
  • Silver
  • Gold

The nature of Virgin Atlantic dictates that only the best for its customers will suffice. For you, as a Flying Club Member, it includes being rewarded with Flights, Upgrades and a lot more that involves extraordinary destinations and flying experiences!

 

Earning and Buying Flying Club Miles 

Your flying experience should be regarded as a welcome relief from the stress of your everyday world. Regardless of whether you are on vacation, on a regular shopping expedition, or just enjoying a stay at a luxury hotel, Flying Club miles reward you for it. You can accumulate them fast by flying with us, and the advantage of the more you fly and spend, the more miles you earn! 

 

Credit Cards Advantages and Rewards

You are able to earn miles every time you make a purchase with your recognized card and you can choose the rewards that meet your desires. As a Gold or Silver Tier Member, you could also have the benefit of Clubhouse passes. 

  • Added opportunities with MasterCard, Priceless and Cities 
  • Gain double-miles using your card for Virgin Atlantic flights or with Virgin Holidays 
  • Exceptional miles earning offers from Virgin Experience Days, Virgin Trains and Virgin Wines
  • Earn your freedom from routine with a worldwide flight 

 

Virgin Atlantic Cards

At the moment there are no credit cards for US residents.

The Virgin Reward Credit card offers 5,000 Flying Club miles with the first card purchase within the first 3-months 

  • For every £1 spent on card purchases you can earn 0.75 Flying Club Miles 
  • Access exclusive benefits, such as companion flights or upgrades by spending £20,000 in one 
  • No annual fee

Virgin Reward + Credit Card offers 5,000 Flying Club miles with the first card purchase within the first three months

  • For every £1 spent with card purchases, earn 1.5 Flying Club Miles
  • Exclusive benefits when you spend £10,000 in a year. They can include Companion flights or Upgrades. 
  • £160 annual fee

 

Redeeming Your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Rewards

  • Your Flying Club Rewards are valid for 2 years from the date of issue. They are credited to your account and will be available for use by you as soon as they show on your Flying Club account. 
  • Flight rewards offer a round trip
  • The Premium upgrade reward may be used as a round trip, or to upgrade two one-way flights
  • A Clubhouse reward is valid for one entry to one Clubhouse
  • Flight rewards must be booked and the outbound sector is flown within the two year validity period with the return journey able to be used after the reward expiration date

As a Silver or Gold Flying Club member, you will also be rewarded with a Tier bonus in addition to your flight miles. This bonus will be awarded for the total miles flown in each booking class.

 

Your Flying Club Hotel Advantages

You can benefit from earning and spending your Flying Club Miles in a varied selection of luxury and boutique accommodation worldwide, for example, Virgin Hotels. In accordance with the Virgin Atlantic customer-oriented service policies, you will have the advantage of built-in technology that provides new levels of performance compatibility with your personal devices. 

Virgin Hotels are original and innovative as the airline, which is shown by unique service features, such as a Diner! Adding to this originality is an enticing social point known as “The Commons Club” a hybrid designed bar-lounge, and restaurant facility, also offering a unique study! You can earn Miles as follows:

  • 1000 miles for each qualifying stay
  • Gold Tier Members receive a daily complimentary and potential upgrade
  • Silver members benefit from a complimentary upgrade (if available)

 

Hilton Honors

The Hilton Honors are renowned for quality, comfort, service throughout their 12 recognized hotel brands. From April 02, 2018 their points reward program has been made even easier:

  • Members will only earn Hilton Honors Points on all Hilton hotel stays 
  • You can benefit from being able to convert your Hilton Honors Points into Flying Club Miles
  • Upon accumulating 10,000 Hilton Honors Points you can exchange them for Flying Club Miles at a rate of 1,500 Flying Club miles for every 10,000 Hilton Honors Points exchanged

 

Marriott International

Marriot Rewards is an award-winning loyalty program encompassing 18-iconic brands across over 4,200 properties in more than 110-countries and territories. As a Flying Club Member you are given choices when you make your booking; either to earn loyalty points or miles.  

You can also benefit from:

  • Exclusive Member Rates
  • Lowest available rates
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mobile check-in and checkout, and Mobile Service Requests when available
  • You can earn 2 miles for each US Dollar you spend on all qualifying charges at determined hotels within the group

 

Car Rental Partners

By way of car hire partners, offer you the opportunity to take full advantage of earning Flying Miles with the provider that best meets your particular needs. You can eliminate stress and inconvenience by taking advantage of the services offered by car hire partners, such as:

  • Avis and Hertz
  • Travel Plus and Alamo
  • Enterprise and National
  • SIXT, MyDriver, and Stoutes

You benefit from earning Flying Club miles as you drive, accumulating those valuable Miles Rewards while you enjoy driving pleasure in a variety of cars and a lot more!

 

Buying Miles

If you have almost achieved your goal for a reward flight or upgrade; to reach those rewards faster you can Buy Miles. This enables you to enjoy a particular occasion or buy that special gift and you also have the option of spending them with any of airline partners, and Virgin Atlantic reward flights. Buying Miles is made easy and convenient for you, with them being lodged in your account the same day, for you to take advantage of that upgrade opportunity. 

You can buy in batches of 1,000 miles, with a maximum purchase ceiling of up to 100,000 miles in a calendar year and is an option that can be utilized with any of Flying Club spending partners. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club continues to increase your service advantages and benefits in all aspects of your travel!