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It seems we’re struggling at the moment here on -ahem- InsideFlyer to go more than a couple of days without mentioning a train.
However, this offer will at least earn you a decent wedge of free Virgin miles (and that’s air miles, to be clear).
Yes, book a ticket on a Virgin train (East Coast or West Coast) by 23:59 on 31 July 2016 for travel until 23:59 on 23 October 2016 and you will earn 500 free Virgin miles in its Virgin Atlantic Flying Club loyalty scheme (join for free, here).
Given that Virgin trains currently has a mammoth sale with tickets from just £4 (although it ends today), you could actually end up making a profit here!
The offer may be limited to first-time Vigin trains ticket purchasers. I am simply not sure, because while the promotional email says “you’ll receive 500 bonus miles for first-time bookings made between 7-31 July 2016“, the terms and conditions in that email say “500 bonus miles applies to the first Virgin Trains East Coast tickets and Virgin Trains West Coast tickets purchased during the promotional period“.
So, the email suggests the 500 free Virgin miles apply only to people making their first booking, while the terms and conditions suggest it applies to anyone’s first booking in the promo period, potentially on both East Coast and West Coast! Frankly, if you’re in the market for a train ticket I’d give it a go, and point to the terms and conditions if Virgin then deny you the 500 free miles on the basis that you’re someone not booking train tickets for the first time.
Regardless, I do know for certain that everyone earns 2 Virgin air miles per £1 spent on Virgin trains (which will be in addition to the 500 bonus).
The 500 free Virgin miles will be credited to customer accounts by 31 August 2016.
The terms and conditions in full are available on this page.