You’ve probably heard me preach about the virtues of elite status when flying around the world: shorter security lines, first class upgrades, lounge membership and free drinks await those willing (or forced) to spend extra time in the skies.
It takes a fair amount of work to achieve status though — more time than the average bear has. Unless you can find a shortcut, that is. Luckily, we have American Express to sponsor that shortcut. They’ve teamed up with Virgin Atlantic to offer free Silver Status to anyone joining Virgin’s Flying club.
And what are the perks? Well for one you get an extra free 25% miles per flight. That means your typical transatlantic 3500 mile hop between New York and London will net you 4375 miles — 875 miles closer to a free ticket. You’ll also get complimentary single First Class upgrade vouchers for the Gatwick & Heathrow express trains. Full benefits can be found at Virgin Atlantic’s website here.
Another thing to keep in mind is that miles you earn on Virgin you can credit to other airlines. So just because you don’t have an account with them you can always open one up and funnel the miles to Continental or Delta. Check out the partner airlines under the “Flying Club Partners” link.
Ready to get started? Follow this link.