Virgin Flying Club - 15% off "Buy Miles" during May

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  1. UKDEB

    UKDEB <font color=CC33FF>Found the Tag Fairy's hangout<b Moderator

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    Buy Miles at 15% off. Get away sooner.

    Now’s the perfect time to top up your miles with 15% off Buy Miles throughout May. So why not break free from your daily routine and head for the glorious sun, sea and sand of Barbados? Or perhaps the unrivalled shopping of New York is more your style?

    You can now buy or gift up to 30,000 miles in one calendar year and with return Premium Economy upgrades* at just 20,000 miles and Reward Seats starting at just 29,500 miles you’ll be able to get away from it all even sooner.

    And it gets better; this fantastic offer is also valid when you Gift Miles, so your loved ones don’t have to miss out either.

    Escape the norm this summer.

    The Flying Club Team

    Voted ‘Best Program of the Year’ and ‘Top Frequent Flier Program’+
     
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  3. Jets fan

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    Thanks Deb. I've just spent 150,000 miles and £550 for 2 premium economy seats in December so it ended up really cheap:thumbsup2

    Tina
     
  4. wayneg

    wayneg Moderator Moderator

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    Would be nice if they released some better offers in school hols to use some miles. Over 200,000 to use now, maybe next year.
    Good offer for anyone that needs to buy some though.
     
  5. fairytale

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    I just stocked up on the full 30,000 allowance.

    It seems silly not too;)
     
  6. Netty

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    you can always gift miles to me ...!:rotfl:
     
  7. kevin harrison

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    I need to understand what would be the point of buying 30,000 miles?

    My account has only 876 miles in it at the moment. Used them all up last time.

    We are flying to Orlando in Sept 2011 and I can't make my mind up if its worth buying miles to make the fares cheaper.

    My thinking is that you need 45,000 miles for a free flight.

    There are four of us, 2 adults, 2 kids - any ideas?
     
  8. fairytale

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    We are a family of 6 and always fly PE.

    We do the miles plus money deal when we can, which saves up approximately £2400.00 on the total fare if we book the day the flights are released of course:thumbsup2

    We need 45,000 mile for the miles plus money offer, so I just top up my account when offers like this are released as we travel to Florida most years.
     
  9. kevin harrison

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    That's good, any advice what I could do? The cost of the flights is the major consideration for us.
     
  10. fairytale

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    Not sure if I can offer you advice as such but our situation is this. As frequent October travellers to Florida we gain approximately 11k mile per trip or around that figure anyways.

    Within 3 years we are then usually only 10k mile short of doing the miles plus money deals that Virgin Offer for our next October trip.

    So as an example this year I have in the bank 36K miles, that have cost me no money whatsoever as I have simply accrued then from our previous trips. Next October it is going to cost us around £6500k for us all to fly PE, thats based on this years figures. If I today bought say 15K worth of miles that would cost me £206.45. That would then mean that in October, when it comes to booking our flights I will be able to purchase the miles plus money seats and get our flights down to £4600.00 ish as from past recolection I believe you have to have 7500 mile per travelling passenger for PE.

    With this current offer I have purchased the full 30k as for just under £400.00 its seems daft not to for us. You must bare in mind though that miles can expire, but I'm not to sure how this works, my account states that it will expire in 2012, but I'm not sure if that changes if I continue to use the account if that makes any sense, ie if you did not use Virgin for three years you lose your miles or if you continue to use Virgin yearly then the miles continue to accrue :confused3 Not sure on that one, maybe someone else can help here.

    Hope I've been some help, good luck :)
     
  11. wayneg

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    Miles expire if the account is not used for 3 years.
    Last Virgin flight we did was 3rd Jan 2009
    Our 3 accounts
    Matt, Expires 3rd Jan 2012, last activity flight 2112 miles
    Karen, Expires 1st Feb 2013, last activity e-rewards 500 miles
    Mine, Expires 3rd May 2013, last activity Virgin credit card 555 miles

    Although we haven't been on a Virgin plane for almost 18 months Matt is the only account with no activity and needs something doing to renew the 3 years.
    My 3 years starts again almost every month with credit card miles, Karens everytime we get 2,000 points on e-rewards, they convert to 500 Virgin miles.
     
  12. kevin harrison

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    What would you do Wayne, buy miles or look for cheap flights?
     
  13. wayneg

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    Thats like asking "should I buy my $'s now?" or "what will the weather be like at Xmas?" :rotfl2:
    I probably wouldn't buy just hoping to use them, I would wait until I saw an offer and buy then if needed but as we travel in school hols its not easy to use them anymore.
     
  14. UKDEB

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    The activity on the account doesn't need to be flying activity. There are all sorts of ways to earn Flying Club miles.
     
  15. Jets fan

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    I earned many miles by asking friends and colleagues to join the Virgin flying club when booking their flights. You need to send them the referral email from the Virgin website, they complete it and when they fly you get your miles. This gives you miles and pushes back the expiry date on your miles. I've been collecting for 6 years and only just used mine.:thumbsup2

    Tina
     
  16. crabbie1

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    I might sound a bit dim here :confused3 but dont virgin have to release the M+M seats in order to use the miles unless buying a oneway or return trip with miles alone?? I looked continually for 2 months everyday for m+m in september and october and nothing. I would like to upgrade to PE this trip and would buy the extra miles to do this. Would I have to phone VA to do this and how many miles would it be????
     
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  18. wayneg

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    Its correct, 2 x PE reward seats are 150,000 miles
    GBP 548.20 Tax, Fees and surcharges for all passengers

    Or 75,000 + £274.10pp
     
  19. crabbie1

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    ahhh reward seats. Thought it was an upgrade. sorry:worship:
     

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