Virgin Atlantic has extended its Flying Club tier status and benefits by a further six months, and has introduced tier points for redemption flights, according to a press release.

After automatically extending loyalty status in March, with all Flying Club Gold and Silver members given an extra six months’ tier status and all voucher validity extended, the airline is now further extending validity by an additional six months. It means all members will have an extra year in total to maintain tier status and redeem a host of benefits.

Flying Club members will now also be able to earn tier points on redemption flights using miles. Previously, tier points were only awarded for flights paid for with cash or Miles Plus Money. Any member with a new or existing booking that departs from September 1, purchased using miles, will receive the same tier points as if they were booking with money.

Gold and Silver members need to earn 1 000 tier points and 400 tier points respectively, to maintain their status for another year. Following the latest extension, these members will have an extra year in total added to their membership. A new membership card will not be sent, but a digital membership card can be viewed online and downloaded via the Virgin Atlantic app.