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As of today (June 1) some changes took effect in Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club programs. As with most changes that we are witnessing lately, there is some good and some bad to the changes. For Flying Club, the increase in earning tier points and Gold Tier Bonuses are a welcome site however these are offset by the increase in tier point requirements to gain status. The changes are as follows:
If you choose Premium Economy in booking classes W or S, you’ll earn an extra tier point (it’s gone up from 3 tier points to 4).
Plus you’ll earn an extra tier point when you book Upper Class in booking classes J or D, (6 instead of 5).
Gold tier bonus will increase from 50% to 100% of base flown miles
Gold renewal tier points are also changing, from 1 September 2011 you will be required to earn 40 tier points (up from 30) in your next membership year to maintain your status
Silver renewal tier points are also changing, from September 1, 2011 you will be required to earn 15 tier points (up from 10) in your next membership year to maintain your status.
More details on Tier points can be found here