New credit cards are being unveiled today under a partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money.

The two cards will enable travellers to earn frequent flyer miles which can be exchanged for flights and cabin upgrades.

The agreement follows Virgin Money switching to Mastercard for its entire credit and debit card issuing.

Virgin Atlantic Reward and Reward+ credit card customers have access to Virgin Money Lounges. Membership is free, as are the refreshments, use of iPads, wi-fi, newspapers and facilities for children.

Customers also have access to exclusive offers from the Virgin Group, including discounts on holidays, train tickets and experience days.

Mastercard UK divisional president Mark Barnett said: “We know travel related benefits are often the most popular and in demand by cardholders, and these same travel hungry consumers have shifted much of their payment behaviour onto cards over recent years because of the security and convenience they offer over cash.

“So it’s all the more exciting that these new cards will enable users to accrue their holiday benefits whenever they spend, wherever they are in the world.”

The airline’s sales and customer loyalty senior vice president Oliver Byerssaid: “With our cards customers can earn miles on their everyday spend to redeem for flights and upgrades and more.

“On top of that we’re offering our most valuable customers even more choice of rewards, so that they can create the Virgin Atlantic
experience that suits them best.”

Virgin Money chief executive Jayne-Anne Gadhia said: “We’re delighted to be launching the first products from our exciting new partnership with Virgin Atlantic, in a market that’s seen greatly reduced customer choice in recent years.

“Together we are offering customers an easy way to earn Flying Club miles and access to a brilliant range of Flying Club and Virgin Group benefits, all supported by the outstanding service customers expect from the Virgin brand.”