5 smart ways to earn points on travel with Virgin Red

Weekend break
Anna Brech
by Anna Brech
8 October 2021

Slowly but surely, travel is returning to our lives – and while the UK staycation scene is booming, relaxed Covid-19 rules mean that many of us are now looking further afield for inspiration, too. 

With Virgin Red, the new rewards club from Virgin, it’s never been easier to earn points on travel. Whether you’re exploring Great Britain or casting your net a little wider, Virgin Red members can earn points in a flash, every time you book with some of the travel world’s most popular airlines, hotel sites and more.

These same points can then go towards other travel-themed rewards, from New York flights to savings on Virgin Voyages. Here are five simple ways to start building your Virgin Points pot with travel, for a life that’s brimming with adventures. 

Earn points on your weekend break with Booking.com 


Any time you book accommodation with Booking.com in the UK or Europe, you’ll earn 12 points per £1 spent with Virgin Red. The travel site comes with a huge range of options, from chic Ibizan B&Bs to elegant Scottish estates and so much more – all with the potential to earn points. So not only can you find somewhere spot-on to stay in, wherever you’re headed; you can also reel in those Virgin Points as you go. A treat indeed. 

Earn points on Economy flights with Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic is your passport to the world, flying everywhere from Miami to St Lucia and beyond. Better still, when you book an Economy flight with them, there are points galore to earn with Virgin Red. Hop aboard for a journey of entertainment and comfort, giving your Virgin Points trove a top-up as you go. 

You can also earn Virgin Points on Premium flights and Upper Class flights with Virgin Red. Remember, you’ll also need to be part of the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club to redeem these points. 

Earn points every time you book a nationwide train trip


Toot-toot. With staycations all the rage, there’s never been a better time to train-hop your way around Britain. And with Virgin Red, the journey becomes that much more delightful, with the ability to earn 3 points for every £1 spent on Virgin Trains Ticketing. Want to spice up your life with the romance of train travel? Let Virgin Red be your guest, as you clock up points every step of the way.

Set sail to earn points with Virgin Voyages

The ocean is your oyster with Virgin Voyages: take your pick from sailing experiences that are brimming with moments of surprise and delight. Each cruise ship comes complete with incredible restaurants, spas and live performance shows – not to mention some seriously beautiful cabins. The best news? As a Virgin Red member, you can earn points and make savings on your Virgin Voyages trip: to put winds in the sails of your next sea-bound escape.  

Earn points with Virgin Balloon Flights 

Virgin Balloon Flights
Virgin Balloon Flights

At Virgin Red, we’re firm believers in extraordinary experiences; which makes a ride with Virgin Balloon Flights something of a must-try event. Float up over the countryside with this most magical mode of travel, basking in spectacular views from every angle. With Virgin Red, you can earn six points for every £1 spent on a hot air balloon ride. All the more reason to get up, up and away. 

Find out more about Virgin Red and join up for free right here. Here’s to lifelong travel and never-ending adventure – with points aplenty along the way.