Virgin Atlantic Flying Club - Keeping miles alive
I have around 155,000 Virgin miles that are due to expire early next year.
Am I able to bounce the expiry to another 24 months as simply as making one transaction on the account?
I'm thinking £1 worth of Tesco vouchers for 250 miles would be an easy way of doing this?
Is there anything better?
I don't have an ability to use these miles in the immediate short term, but obviously want to keep them alive.
Any advice appreciated.
An activity will keep them alive. I purchased a cheap Virgin trains ticket online 2 months or so ago to keep my miles and it worked like a charm :)
Jun 19, 12, 3:32 am
155k miles is a very tidy and useful sum, I'd definitely keep them alive. Tesco will work (and it's another 3 years from the last transaction), as would shopping, or buying wine from Virgin Wines :D.
I've also noticed that Best Western are (now?) a partner, and I've a stay coming up next month so this will do the trick as I very very rarely stay with Best Western, they are just the only option this time round. Virgin miles to push me out another three (even better, though it was two!) years are much more useful to me than any BW points that won't accrue into any free stays.
I've 155k and my wife 30k which I plan to use to snare some Economy-Upper upgrades which I've had some success with in the past. I found it very helpful that they let me 'split' the miles so long as we were flying together, so in theory I'll be able to use her 30k miles for one upgrade and then 30k of mine leaving another 120k for some further upgrades in future!
I'll need to keep her miles alive too so may go down the Tesco or Virgin Train route with hers to push them out another 3 years too.
Thanks for the comments folks :)
Jun 19, 12, 6:46 am
They will let you use her miles (with her permission !) but generally you can't simply combine her 30k with 30k of yours hey will only do it in terms of segments though so it might be she pays for one leg from her account and you pay for the remaining 3 from yours.
A 'trick' with virgin trains is to buy the cheapest possible advanced ticket on any of their routes. You don't even need to travel - their systems don't talk to each other - you will get the miles even if you only collect your tickets or print them yourself - once the travel date has passed though !
Jun 19, 12, 8:16 am
Get a Virgin credit card and your points will be continually updated each time you use it. They were also giving out 1000 miles for the first use, don't know if that is still the case.
Jun 20, 12, 6:50 am
Sign upto Virgin Shopping e-store (Shopsaway); 250 bonus points for first purchase.
Re. Tesco; I think the minimum you can convert is £2.50