Understanding how it all works
Flying Club has three membership tiers – Red, Silver and Gold. On this page you'll discover the benefits in each tier, and learn a little more about how Tier Points work.
Flying Club tiers at a glance
Red membership benefits include:
- Earn miles when you fly
- Miles Plus Money on flights
- Spend miles on Reward Flights
- Access to a whole host of partner brands
400 Tier Points
Silver membership benefits include:
- 30% more miles on flights
- Premium Check in
- Free seat assignment in Economy Light
1,000 Tier Points
Gold membership benefits include:
- 60% more miles on flights
- Upper Class Check In
- Access to our Clubhouses and London Heathrow Revivals
- Extra luggage allowance, no matter which cabin you fly
How to move between the tiers
The only way you can move up to Silver or Gold is by earning Tier Points which you'll get when you fly. The more you fly, the more Tier Points you'll earn. And it can be easier than you might think to reach the next level:
400 Tier Points could be:
- 1 flexible Upper Class return flight
- OR 2 flexible Premium return flights
- OR 4 Economy Delight return flights
1,000 Tier Points could be:
- 2 returns and a one way in Upper Class
- OR 5 flexible Premium return flights
- OR 10 Economy Delight return flights
How many Tier Points you'll earn in each cabin (one way)
(O, N, X, Q, E, L, U, M, Y, B, R)
(J, C, D, I)
|Tier Points earned||25||25-50||50||50||100||100||200|
But Tier Points don't last forever
Tier Points expire after 12-13 months
So if you don’t fly enough in that time, you’ll automatically move down to the next tier. You can find out the date your tier will expire in your account. To stay as a Silver member, you’ll need to earn at least 400 Tier Points a year, and to remain Gold you’ll need to earn at least 1,000 Tier Points a year.
If you’re a Red member, no need to worry. Your membership won’t expire as long as you earn or spend miles within three years.
Tier Point upgrade and renewal cycles
Red members: To upgrade from Red to our Silver tier you'll need to earn 400 Tier Points in any Upgrade Cycle. Your Upgrade Cycle is calculated from the current date of the month, to the 1st day of the same month in the previous year (i.e. any rolling minimum 12 month’s to a maximum of 13 months).
Silver or Gold members: Once you're a Silver/Gold member you’ll remain in that tier provided you earn the minimum number of Tier Points for that tier within our Upgraded Fixed Membership Period (that’s 400 Tier Points to stay Silver, 1,000 Tier Points to stay Gold). This period is calculated from one day after the date on which you achieved Silver/Gold and continues for the remainder of that month plus a further 12 months.
To remain in Silver for another Fixed Membership Period, you'll need to earn a minimum of 400 Tier Points in each Renewal Fixed Membership Period. You'll have the full 12 calendar months to retain your Silver membership status.
For each Upgrade Cycle, Upgraded Fixed Membership Period and Fixed Membership Period, your Tier Points will reset to 0. If you don't earn enough Tier Points to retain your Silver or Gold membership, you'll automatically revert back to a Silver member from Gold and a Red member from Silver.
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Ways to earn miles
There are lots of ways to see your miles balance soar.
Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard®
Earn 25 tier points per $2,500 in purchases (maximum of 50 per month) with the Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard®.
Flying Club airline partners
You can also earn Tier Points when you fly with some of our airline partners.