Virgin Atlantic has offered Silver and Gold members of its Flying Club frequent flyer programme a six month extension to their frequent flyer status.
In addition, the expiry date of vouchers such as Clubhouse and upgrade vouchers will also be extended. These changes should take effect by Friday 20 March 2020.
Virgin Atlantic has advised of the changes as follows:
Frequent Flyer Status Extension
We will be extending the status of all our Silver and Gold Flying Club members by 6 months, so that your status is protected during this difficult period. For example, this means that if your original membership year was due to expire on 30 April 2020, the new expiry date will be 31 October 2020.
This means you will now have 18 months to earn the tier points you need to maintain your current status or achieve new status: 400 tier points need to be earned during the 18 month Extended Membership Year for Silver status to be maintained for another 12 months and 1000 tier points need to be earned during the 18 month Extended Membership Year for Gold status to be maintained for another 12 months.
We will not be sending out new membership cards for this extension period, but your Extended Membership Year will be viewable online in your Flying Club account. Additionally, your digital membership card can be viewed and printed online or downloaded via the Virgin Atlantic app.
For Gold members whose account renews automatically every year the Extended Membership Year will not be applicable. The normal renewal benefits will be awarded at the end of the 12 month membership year instead of the Extended Membership Year.
Your account will be updated on our internal systems by Friday 20 March 2020.
We will be extending the validity of any current companion, upgrade or Clubhouse vouchers that our members might have, in order to give you more time to use these.
Members who have earned companion rewards, Clubhouse access or upgrades through the Virgin Atlantic Reward and Reward+ Credit Card, or the Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard will have the validity of the voucher extended by six months e.g. if the voucher expires on 15 May 2020, the new expiry date will be 15 November 2020.
Gold members who have earned a companion reward for renewing Gold status, Clubhouse passes for the 1500 tier point reward or the 2000 tier point upgrade reward will have these rewards extended by six months e.g. if the voucher expires on 15 May 2020, the new expiry date will be 15 November 2020.
Please note that replacement vouchers will not be issued but your rewards will still be valid.
This applies to all vouchers which are valid as of 13 March 2020
Your account will be updated on our internal systems by Friday 20 March 2020
Finnair has announced a similar 6 month extension for members of its frequent flyer programme and hopefully other Oneworld alliance members, notably BA, will follow suit.