Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Elite Status: How to Get it and What’s in it For You

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Elite Status: How to Get it and What’s in it For You

Virgin Atlantic is not a member of any alliance, but it has 13 airline partners around the world. Also, Virgin Atlantic is the transfer partner of all four U.S.-based airline travel programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Diners Club, which makes it easy to collect Flying Club miles outside of flying. If you fly Virgin Atlantic fairly often, you might consider pushing for elite status, which would certainly make it more pleasant.

In addition you will receive elite benefits on the following Virgin Atlantic airline partners:

  • Delta Air Lines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Air New Zealand
  • Virgin Australia
  • Virgin America

Lingo

  • Flying Club miles is an actual Virgin Atlantic currency redeemable on award flights
  • Flying Club Tier points only count for status; they can’t be redeemed for an award ticket

Earning Status

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has a base level called Red and two elite levels: Silver and Gold. The amount of Tier points accrued on Virgin Atlantic depends mostly on the class of service and can range from two to six for a one-way flight.

Tier points per one-way Virgin Atlantic flight
Tier points earned per one-way Virgin Atlantic flight

Flying Club Qualification Requirements

Qualification requirements are as follows:

  • Silver: 15 Tier points in a rolling 12-13 months
  • Gold: 40 Tier points in a rolling 12-13 months

Upgrades

  • Gold: One cabin upgrade for two when you renew your Gold membership and have 80 Tier points in your account.

Flying Club Bonus Miles

  • Silver: 50% bonus miles
  • Gold: 100% bonus miles

Fee Waivers

  • Silver: Free seat selection within 14 days of departure
  • Gold:
    • One extra piece of baggage up to 50 pounds free
    • Two pieces of carry-on luggage free
    • No date change fees on mileage bookings

Airport Services

  • Silver: Premium Economy Check-in
  • Silver and Gold: Priority reservation waitlist
  • Gold:
    • Upper Class Check-In for member and the family
    • Priority boarding
    • Fast Track through Immigration & Security on departures from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports for member and a guest
    • Priority baggage, check-in, boarding and security with Delta Air Lines
    • Additional benefits when traveling on some Virgin Atlantic partner airlines

Virgin Atlantic offers Premium Economy check-in
Virgin Atlantic offers Premium Economy check-in

Complimentary Lounge Access

  • Silver and Gold:
    • Number 1 Traveler lounges at Heathrow T3, Gatwick (North and South Terminals), and Birmingham International.
  • Gold:

Relaxed, friendly, luxurious - JFK Clubhouse offers the ultimate airport experience
Relaxed, friendly, luxurious – JFK Clubhouse offers the ultimate airport experience

Notable Additional Rewards for Gold members

  • 2,000 miles on your birthday.
  • Free Silver membership for any adult at your home address.
  • One companion ticket upon renewal

Other Ways to Earn Status

  • Virgin Atlantic Black Card allows the member to earn one Tier point per $2,500 in spending capped at two points per month

The Virgin Atlantic Black Card is a great way to boost one’s Tier points balance. Since you are not limited to only one Virgin Atlantic credit card, it is theoretically possible to earn the Flying Club top Gold status by credit card spend only

Status Match/Status Challenge

Earning Elite Miles on Partner Airlines

You can earn elite miles by flying on select Virgin Atlantic partners. See earning rates here.

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