‘Virgin Crimson’ loyalty scheme launches and you’ll earn factors on purchasing and switching – this is what you might want to know

The value of points varies by retailer

How many points you earn using Virgin Red, and how this then translates into rewards, varies depending on the retailer. 

To give an example, if you switched to Octopus Energy using Virgin Red you’d earn 7,400 points, while if you booked an economy classic return flight to Shanghai with Virgin Atlantic you’d earn 5,700 points.

In terms of what points are worth, you can purchase a Greggs sausage roll for 200 points, for example, while return flights to New York with Virgin Atlantic cost 20,000 points.

You can earn and spend points at dozens of retailers

Currently, there are around 40 retailers and other service providers you can earn points with and over 20 you can spend points them at. Virgin says this figure will grow over the next few weeks and months. You can see a full list on the Virgin Red website and we’ve highlighted some examples below.

Just bear in mind that you can currently only spend and receive points online under the scheme with one exception. The only retailer allowing points to be spent in-store at present is Greggs. This means you need to take into account delivery fees when ordering online. See below for more on this. 

Here are some examples of where you can earn points:

  • Asos
  • Boots
  • Etsy UK 
  • John Lewis & Partners
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Octopus Energy
  • Selfridges & Co. 

Here are some examples of where you can spend points:

  • Billy Tannery
  • Edinburgh Food Project
  • Eve Branson Foundation
  • Greggs
  • National Autistic Society
  • Saint Fragrance

You can also both earn and spend points at the following Virgin companies:

  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Atlantic Holidays
  • Virgin Experience Days
  • Virgin Limited Edition
  • Virgin Voyages
  • Virgin Wines

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