Virgin Atlantic has announced additional benefits for members of its Flying Club loyalty programme, following the resumption of transatlantic flights yesterday.

The new changes include a reduction in the tier points thresholds, making it easier for members to move up the membership tiers. From April 1, 2022 until March 31, 2023 members will only need 300 tier points (rather than 400) to upgrade from Red to Silver status, and 800 points for Gold (rather than 1,000).

Members will also be able to earn tier points through every booking with Virgin Atlantic Holidays. Customers will earn 20 tier points for every £500 spent – up to a maximum of 400 tier points – on top of the points earnt through flights.

The airline is also increasing the earn rate for every pound spent across all tiers: Red 2 points/£1; Silver 3 points/£1; Gold 4 points; £1

Additionally, the airline is giving all Silver card members a one-off Clubhouse pass for themselves and a guest. From today, Silver status also means that members can pool their Virgin points with up to nine other members of their household, enabling them to reach their next reward flight quicker.

Finally, to celebrate the reopening of transatlantic flights, Virgin Atlantic is offering all Flying Club members a bonus of 20,000 Virgin Points when they take two return Premium or Upper Class flights before March 31, 2022.

Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented:

“We know our Flying Club is the best in the business and the raft of new measures we’ve announced today brings fresh benefits to our existing members and new customers who are looking for something more rewarding. All customers can now maintain or improve their tier status’ in the most accessible way possible – something they’ve told us is important to them, as they plan their future journeys with Virgin Atlantic.

 “Following the successful reopening of the Transatlantic corridor on Monday, we’re ready to welcome customers back on board to all of our destinations, as we fly them safely around the world once more.”

This comes after the airline announced a fifth extension to tier status benefits in September.

Virgin Atlantic extends tier status for a further six months