OUR BOTTOM LINE
The Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card provides the opportunity to earn and spend rewards through Virgin Atlantic as well as a variety of the company’s partners. Cardholders get 0.75 Virgin Points for every £1 in spend. The card’s balance transfer and money transfer offer help to differentiate it from rivals (though note the 3% transfer fee).
Credit Rating Requirement: Good/Excellent
What I like about the Virgin Atlantic Reward Card
- Rewards – All spending on the card generates Virgin Points. They can be used to pay either partly or wholly for Virgin Atlantic flights or for upgrades to existing tickets. For every £1 spent on the card 0.75 Virgin Points are earned, while for every £1 spent with Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Holidays 1.5 Virgin Points are earned. Examples of the rewards on offer include a round-trip economy-to-premium upgrade on a flight to New York in exchange for 17,400 Virgin Points or an economy round-trip flight to Hong Kong in exchange for 25,000 Virgin Points.
- Partner earning and spending – Virgin Points can also be earned and spent through a variety of Virgin Atlantic’s partners. These partners include a variety of other airlines, such as Delta, as well as retailers including Tesco and hotel chains such as Hilton. This could make it easier to accumulate rewards, and also provides greater flexibility on how and where they are spent.
- Balance transfer and money transfer offer – While the Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card is primarily a reward card, it also offers a 0% interest rate for six months on balance transfers and money transfers. This could help cardholders to reduce interest payments on existing debt. Transfers made within the first 60 days after account opening are eligible for the offer. While there is a 3% transfer fee, the offer helps to differentiate the card from other reward cards.
- No annual fee – The card does not have an annual fee. This means that it may be of interest to consumers who are likely to use the card rarely but who would still like to benefit from the rewards that it offers.
What could be improved
- Rewards spending – Spending their accumulated Virgin Points may be challenging for some consumers. Since Virgin Atlantic is focused on long-haul flights, consumers who do not want to fly long distances may need to spend their points with one of the company’s partners. This may mean that while they obtain the card with the idea of accumulating air miles, they end up using their Virgin Points at retailers, hotels and other non-airline companies, which tend to give a lower value to the points.
How does it stack up?
The Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card is likely to appeal to consumers who regularly use the services of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Travel – companies that offer the chance to accumulate double points on spending.
Frequent Virgin Atlantic customers may gain the most from features such as seating upgrades or discounts on flights. However, since Virgin Points can be spent at a variety of partners, it is likely that consumers will be able to find goods or services for which they can use their rewards.
The balance transfer and money transfer offer from the Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card helps to differentiate the card from other reward cards. It could enable consumers with existing credit card debt or a personal loan to reduce their interest costs and improve their financial situation.
The advertised features of the card, such as its interest rate and the balance transfer period, are representative. This means they must be offered to the majority of successful applicants, with the remainder potentially being offered less favourable terms. The possibility of not being offered the features as advertised could reduce the appeal of the card.
How to apply
Applications for the card can be made online. In order to apply, you should have a number of details available. They include your employment situation, address history and details of any existing debts that you wish to transfer onto the card. You should also have your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club membership number available when applying, although this can be submitted following a successful application.
In order to apply for the card, you must not be an existing Virgin Atlantic Credit Card customer. You must also have an annual income of at least £7,000.
Is the Virgin Atlantic Reward Credit Card right for you?
If you are a regular Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Holidays customer, the card could be highly appealing. Double Virgin Points – 1.5 miles versus the normal 0.75 per £1 – are accumulated through spending with either company, which could make it easier to accumulate rewards.
For consumers who do not use either company regularly, the card may still be of interest due to its partner network. Before applying for the card, it may be worth checking that you are likely to use some of the partners in order to accumulate and spend Virgin Points in future.
The balance transfer and money transfer offers help the card to stand out from other reward cards.
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