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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has announced changes to how members earn and redeem miles on Delta Airlines, as well as earn Tier Points. The more interesting element for me is the reward chart changes, which I wrote about here.
However, Flying Club is also bringing earning rates into line; after all Delta are a 49% owner of Virgin Atlantic and work quite closely on transatlantic routes with a number of codeshares. For Delta flights BOOKED after 1 September, 2017, Flying Club members will earn the following:
The current chart is the following:
If you have any flexibility in the matter, you might want to book that Delta flight before/after 1 September, depending on whether your fare code qualifies for more miles or fewer…
Although I’ve never been a Virgin Atlantic Tier Point runner, the changes on the Tier Point side are going to be painful for the TP runner. Flying Club currently awards this:
Since Flying Club requires 1,000 Tier Points for Gold (access to the fantastic Terminal 3 Clubhouse on any fare and on a space-available basis even when flying a different airline) and 400 Tier Point for Silver, it was quite obvious that a handful of short First Class flights in the United States would easily and cheaply do the trick…
After 1 September, Flying Club will be awarding these Tier Points for Delta Airlines flights:
Flexible Business Class fares will earn more Tier Points, but unfortunately those short DL hops in the US will earn far fewer Tier Points…