Since being approved in April 2018, I’ve been using my Virgin Atlantic Rewards Plus credit card every chance I get, before I get into the reasons why, a bit of background about me.
My traveling habits
Firstly, as much as I want to travel abroad more frequently, in reality I travel once or twice a year max.
Second, my flights are mostly long haul and I prefer direct flights.
Third, every time I’m searching for flight tickets, prices always seem too high! If 1 purchase is going to cost me more than a third, more than half - hell, more than I’m currently netting, then yes, the price is too high!
More recently, I was able to purchase a Virgin Atlantic return premium economy (Yay upgrade!) ticket priced at £900.00, for £615.42 (Price of the ticket £455.42 + £160.00 credit card annual fee)
Even more reasons...
In addition to the discount on the price of fight tickets, I’ve earned the most air miles in the shortest period of time by using my Virgin Atlantic Rewards Plus credit card.
Once I was approved, virgin wasted no time in slapping the £160.00 annual fee on my first statement. However, with my first purchase (no minimum spend was required) I received 15 000 bonus air miles, and excluding the earnings of 1.5 air miles on every £1.00 spent, I was able to amass 7000 bonus points in September, 7000 bonus points in October and 683 bonus points in December. In total, I collected 29 683 bonus air miles excluding my normal spending of just over £1000.00 per month.
In contrast to my American Express credit card, I earn 1 air mile for every £1.00 spent on the card. Using the Preferred Gold Rewards credit card as an example, the bonus sign up offer was equivalent to 20 000 air miles – assuming I spent £2000.00 in the first 3 months of account opening. And no annual fee for the first year, after year one, the fee is £140.00 - Still one of the best offers for earning air miles!
By putting as many of my normal purchases on my Virgin Atlantic Rewards credit card, I’m roughly £1700.00 shy of spending a total of £10000.00 on the card within the first year of account opening. This is significant because once I hit the target spend, I’ll be able to choose a free upgrade from a purchased (using air miles) economy ticket to premium economy or receive an additional companion reward ticket in economy.