Virgin Red is a rewards club launched by Virgin Group to bring together various parts of its family. It’s important to note that Virgin Red is not the same as Flying Club, which is the loyalty program for Virgin Atlantic. While both programs use the same currency, which is Virgin Points, they’re separate programs. However, members can link accounts, and when they do so, their points are combined, and they can use them to redeem rewards across both programs.
Virgin Red has been expanding how members can use points and recently added a new redemption option. You can now use Virgin Points for Eurostar E-Vouchers to purchase tickets on Eurostar.com.
Using Virgin Points For Eurostar
You can redeem points for four different value vouchers.
- $10 E-Voucher – 2,000 points
- $25 E-Voucher – 5,000 points
- $50 E-Voucher – 10,000 points
- $100 E-Voucher – 20,000 points
Each denomination gives a value of 0.5 cents per Virgin Point.
If you have Virgin Points and are considering transferring them to Virgin Red for Eurostar E-Vouchers, I would advise against it. This isn’t a good way to use your points. Instead, if you have transferrable points with a bank like Chase or Capital One, it’s a better deal to book your Eurostar tickets with your credit card and then use your points to erase the charge at a rate of 1 cent per point. This way, you can save your Virgin Points for other rewards that offer better value.
If you’re only considering using Virgin Points for Eurostar because you have a large balance, there are numerous other ways to utilize those points.
Other uses for Virgin Points
The main way to use Virgin Points is to redeem them for flights on Virgin Atlantic. In addition to redeeming points for Virgin Atlantic flights, you can also use your points to book flights through Flying Club on many of Virgin Atlantic’s partners, such as Delta, Air France, and KLM. This provides you with even more options for redeeming your points for travel. OMAAT gives several examples of how to get the maximum value for Virgin Points for flying.
In addition to flights, you can also use Virgin Points to book a room at one of the Virgin Hotels or even one of the Virgin Limited Edition locations, which include Necker Island.
One night at Virgin Hotels Dallas location costs 25,000 points and costs way more than the $125 you’d get when redeeming points for Eurostar.
Virgin Red also runs limited-time promotions for other redemption options. For example, they previously offered select cruises on Virgin Voyages Mediterranean itineraries for 80,000 to 100,000 points.
It’s great that Virgin Red is providing more ways to utilize Virgin Points, but most of the options to convert points to cash-value vouchers are at a value of just half a cent per point. Instead of settling for less, it’s better to wait for better deals like using Virgin Points for award flights on Virgin Atlantic or their partner airlines. Alternatively, there could be more limited-time offers for hotels or cruises in the future.
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