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Virgin Atlantic Frequent Flyer Scheme - Flying Club

Virgin Atlantic's frequent flyer scheme is called the Flying Club.

On each flight you earn 2 tier points for an Economy flight, 3 in Premium Economy and 5 in Upper Class.

You also earn tier points on three other airlines, at different rates depending on whether the flight is over 2000 miles. On Singapore Airlines in Economy there is 1 tier point per flight (2 for flights over 2000 miles), in Business 3 per flight (or 5 on longer flights) and in First Class 5 (or 7). On ANA all Economy flights get 1 tier point, Business Class gets 2 (or 3) and in First Class 3 (or 5). All other partner airlines get no tier point in Economy (or 1 point if over 2000 miles) 1 point in Business, and also 1 in First (or 2 if over 2000 miles).

The Flying Club has no links with other airline alliances, however Virgin Atlantic does have codeshare agreements with ten of the Star Alliance members, while having none with Oneworld members, which has led some observers to believe that Virgin Atlantic may, at some point, join the Star Alliance. The airline has always been silent on the matter.

Earning Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles

You also earn miles Virgin Atlantic, plus on Air Jamaica, Air New Zealand, Air Seychelles, ANA, America West Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Caribean Star, Continental, Delta, Gulf, Hawaiian, Malaysia Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways.

Spending Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles

A transatlantic return flight will cost 45,000 miles in economy, 67,500 in Premium Economy, and 90,000 miles in Upper Class. Sydney comes in at 105,000 miles. 126,000 miles in premium, or 180,000 for upper class.

Red member is the basic membership level, which allows you to collect miles and Tier Points.

Silver level - Virgin Flying Club

Silver level can be achieved at 15 tier points in a calendar year. You need 10 tier points to retain Silver.

You earn an extra 25% on base flown mileage You can use the Premium Economy check in regardless of the class you're travelling in, get two single upgrade vouchers for the Gatwick Express and another two for the Heathrow Express, so you can travel to and from the airport in First Class.

Virgin Atlantic 747 at London Heathrow Dec 2003 Virgin Atlantic 747-400 at London Heathrow

Gold level - Virgin Flying Club

Gold level can be achieved at 40 tier points in a calendar year. You need 30 tier points to retain Gold.

You'll earn an extra 50% of the base flown miles. You can use Upper Class Checkin on every flight regardless of your class of travel and you (and one guest) can go through Fast Track through Immigration and Security when you fly in any class from London Heathrow and London Gatwick. There is access to the Clubhouses around the world (with a guest) and the Revivals lounge when arriving at London Heathrow on a Virgin Atlantic ticket, regardless of class you travelled in.

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