Virgin rejigs Flying Club rules

19 Nov 2008 by Mark Caswell

Virgin Atlantic is reducing the number of miles earned by certain fare codes, effective from December 1.

Currently all Upper Class passengers (except those on reward flights or Miles Plus Money fares) earn 200 per cent of the base flown miles. But from the start of next month, only fare codes J and D will earn the higher rate, while those booking on codes R or Z will receive 150 per cent.

Equally those flying on premium economy codes K and H will only earn 125 per cent of the base flown miles, down from the current 150 per cent (W and S fare codes continue to earn 150 per cent miles).

Meanwhile economy class passengers booking on fare codes Q, X, V and N will see their earning rate reduced from 100 per cent of base flown miles, down to 50 per cent. Economy passengers booking fare codes Y, B, L or M will continue to earn 100 per cent of base flown miles.

Fare codes relate to differing types of ticket purchases, as a Virgin spokesperson explained:

“The different fare codes are based on factors such as price and flexibility of the ticket. For example – an economy ticket in Q will be lower cost and less flexible than an economy Y seat.”

The spokesperson stressed that Virgin’s Flying Club scheme “remains one of the most generous frequent flyer schemes in the industry, with the new earnings for members in all class types the same or higher than our major competitor in the UK”.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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