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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Program overview 

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is the loyalty program of Virgin Atlantic Airways. Virgin Atlantic offers 2 types of award flights - Standard season and Peak season. The best availability is offered for the Standard season. This program is not widely known, but it is definitely worth a look especially for its partner airline redemptions.


No official alliance affiliation

Program website 

Approximate miles value 

1.1 cents per mile

Miles validity 

Never expire

Program accrual

% of base flown miles

Limit on amount of miles you can purchase 

Up to 100,000 points in the calendar year.

Waitlist option


Courtesy Hold for award reservation

Allowed for 24 hours 

Do you need to open an account to check availability?


Stopover option 

No, you need to pay per segment 

Family account

Yes for members with Gold elite status

Upgrade option


Online booking 

You must call to book most partner flights 

Airline partners 

Delta, Air France, KLM, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, South African Airways, ANA, Hawaiian Airlines 

Credit card partners

American Express (1:1.30 - 30% bonus until 12/31, instant transfer), Chase (1:1, instant transfer), Citi ThankYou (1:1, instant transfer) 

Hotel partners 

IHG Rewards (5:1, 6 weeks transfer), Marriott Bonvoy (3:1, 48 hours transfer), Hilton Honors (10:1.5, up to 30 days transfer), World of Hyatt (5:3, 6-8 weeks transfer)

Co-Branded credit card in the US 


Point/Miles Conversion Chart


  • Miles never expire
  • Virgin Atlantic usually allows holding an award flight for 24 hours
  • Frequent transfer bonus promotion from AmEx and sometimes Citi


  • Fuel surcharges are among the highest in the industry
  • The site doesn’t show all destinations for its partner airlines

Excellent for   

  • Business Class on Delta from the US to Europe for 50,000 miles; from the US to Asia for 60,000 miles or from the US to South America for 45,000 miles one way. 
  • Round trip from the US to Tokyo on ANA starts from 90,000 miles in business and 110,000 in First
  • Round trip from the US to Auckland on Air New Zealand non-stop flights starts from 80,000 miles in Economy and 125,000 miles in Business Class. 

Insider Tip 

  • A great option for ANA one way flights: Virgin Atlantic Flying Club allows ANA one way flights while ANA Mileage Club does not. Given its instant transfer times and courtesy hold, you may be better off transferring miles to Virgin even when the award is also available with Singapore or ANA programs directly since the transfer to those programs is not instant.
  • Availability on Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines is below average. 
  • Not all partner flights are displayed online. In this case, try to check them through Expert Flyer service. If award seats are available, call the airline to book using miles. 
  • The Homebase Stopover Strategy works very well for London based travelers, however British Airways Executive Club with its much wider network and versatility of its points may be more effective when combined with the strategy.

Do you use this program? Share your experience and tips in the comments below. Your thoughts would be very valuable to us!



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