Back in December I posted about American Express Platinum cardholders receiving Silver status with Virgin Atlantic. And that the online signup appeared to work successfully for anyone, Platinum cardholder or not. It was good both for opening a new account or for upgrading the status on an existing account. The offer appears valid through March 31.
It seems there is also an offer of Silver status with Virgin Atlantic which is co-branded with American Express, but not clearly tied to any specific Amex card. What’s more, new members receive 2000 miles to start plus an additional 2500 miles if you credit a Virgin flight to your new account by August 31 and pay for the ticket with an American Express.
I’m not a Virgin Atlantic regular, but their program is great for crediting Avis rentals. I’ve been getting 1000 points per rental, even on single day rental and even on rentals made with a good corporate discount. For some reason the past few months I’ve gotten several 1250 mile rentals instead based on a promo I’ve never seen referenced anywhere. Meanwhile, Virgin is also a transfer partner with a bunch of programs like Hilton, Starwood, Diners Club, and Membership Rewards.