Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money have announced the first products under a new partnership between the two companies, with the launch of a loyalty points-earning Mastercard.

The Virgin Atlantic Reward and Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Credit Cards will enable customers to earn Flying Club miles when using the card, which can then of course be exchanged for the full range of Flying Club rewards including flights and cabin upgrades.

The standard Reward credit card is free, while the Reward+ card will cost £160 per year. Notably, the sign-up bonus will also kick-in on your first purchase (i.e. there is no “Amex-style” substantial spend threhsold required to earn it).

A summary of the benefits is set out in the graphic below:

Points earning AND “credit card rewards”

So, in addition to earning Flying Club miles on your everyday spend, Reward and Reward+ customers will receive a further credit card reward based on spending. Per the above, to qualify for the credit card reward, you’ll need to spend £20k in a year on the Reward credit card, and £10k in a year on the Reward+ credit card.

Red Flying Club members can choose a free Premium upgrade when flying Economy, or an Economy reward companion seat which enables them to take a companion for no additional miles.

Silver members can choose from the Red options, as well as a Premium reward companion seat or a pass for a Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.

Gold members can choose two Clubhouse passes, an Economy, Premium or Upper Class reward companion seat, or a free premium upgrade.

Our thoughts

Ultimately, this is another straightforward way to earn Flying Club miles, plus the additional reward kicker is a nice added incentive (particularly if you have Gold status with Virgin Flying Club). I’m also always pleased to see the option of a free card, while the minimal-spend bonus also compares favourably to Amex’s sometimes eye-watering spend requirements.

I will be certainly going for one of these cards, although in light of my chasing of various Amex targets, will probably take the free one to bag the 5k points.

And free lounge access!

Yyes, these card will also get you (free) access to the excellent Virgin Money Lounges.

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