Virgin / Regus partnership ends May 22nd – last chance for a free Regus Gold

I have written a few pieces on Head for Points recommending Regus business lounges.  (Although I also wrote a piece explaining how I get robbed in them once every 18 months …..)  70% of what you read on HFP is written in Regus.

For many years, to keep their centres busy during the recession, Regus was giving away free access (unlimited visits) to their lounges via a number of loyalty programmes.  In late 2013 Regus started tightening up their access rules as I wrote here.  Since then, the company has tightened the screw even further so I thought it was time to take another look.

For the last 18 months, the most generous Regus offer has been for elite members of Virgin Flying Club and Virgin Black credit card holdersThis offer is ending on May 22nd, however, so you should jump in now if you qualify even if you don’t plan to use it immediately.

Let’s take a step back first.

The company Regus may or may not be familiar to you.  They are the worlds leading provider of ‘serviced office space’. This is, fundamentally, treating office space like a hotel.

You want an office for a day / a week / a month / a year for 1 / 2 / 5 / 20 people? They can provide it. You don’t need to worry about furniture, IT, cleaning, receptionists etc – they provide it all. It is an effective route for start-ups or for businesses which are growing quickly.

However, it is the other side of the Regus operation that is the point of this post.

Almost all Regus centres feature a ‘business lounge’.  They vary in size, but most feature open-plan seating areas, 1-4 Apple Mac computers available for free use and 1-10 ‘pods’, available on a first come, first served basis (for free) which provide a semi-private work area.

Free Wi-Fi and free tea and coffee are provided in all lounges. Here is a typical picture:

Regus Heathrow

Last year Regus opened a lounge in the Terminal 5 arrivals hall at Heathrow.  They have also launched at Gatwick South.

If your job takes you ‘out and about’ a lot, or you work for yourself but simply don’t like sitting in Starbucks or your house all day, then working out of Regus lounges is a very viable alternative. Regus also has a global network, so you can pop into centres pretty much wherever you are in the world.

Frankly, even if you buy an global pass for £49 + VAT per month, it is a bargain if you use it a lot.

Historically, though, you didn’t even have to pay that. There were numerous loyalty programmes that issued a FREE BusinessWorld Gold card to their members on request.

This has now, to all intents and purposes, dried up.  Instead, Regus introduced a new card called ‘Regus BusinessWorld Preferred‘.  You get 15 free visits per year to Regus business lounges, which is still very handy.

Over the last few months, free ‘Regus BusinessWorld Preferred’ cards have also become harder to find.  As far I can tell, this is the current state of play:

Virgin Flying Club – Partnership ends on May 22nd.  Gold still available to Flying Club Silver and Flying Club Gold members and Virgin Black credit card holders. Importantly, as you can see from the link, Virgin offers their base level Flying Black members the chance to buy a BusinessWorld Gold card (UK only) for half price at just over £200 for a year. You will also receive 3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles.

IHG Rewards Club – offer ended

Avis Preferred – offer ended

American AirlinesGold still seems available to paying Admirals Club members but not elites

United MileagePlusoffers Regus BusinessWorld Preferred for free, it is not clear if all members qualify or only elites

Miles & More – offer ended

TripItPro – offer ended

National Car Rental – offer ended

RICS (UK Chartered Surveyors)offers BusinessWorld Preferred although ironically the activation code remains MSREGUSBWGOLD as per an older offer

Delta – offer ended

If you know of any other Regus BusinessWorld promotions available via travel loyalty schemes, please let me know.  Their days do seem to be numbered, however ….

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  Click here to see recent articles on Virgin Atlantic, Little Red and Flying Club, and click here for the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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Comments

  1. Hey Raffles, believe the Malaysia Airlines Enrich offer is still working

    • SydneySwan says:

      I can’t believe that anyone would want to spend all day in Starbucks!

  2. I have had my Regus Gold card for ages, do you know when they expire?

    • Me too. Had it for 2+ years but never used it. Maybe I should try this week, as I actually have a need for them now.

    • Think Square says:

      I don’t know when they do, but they do. My bmi one failed to get me into a lounge last year (first time I’d ever tried). I’ve since picked up a Virgin one, which does work.

      However, I’ve now visited three. At two no coffee was available, and the third I had to make my own with Nescafe and a kettle in their kitchen. Tesco Cafes are now my mobile office of choice

      • I tried in London and my card worked. This is my first time using it and I think I got it about 2 years ago(although I only registered it online last month so maybe that makes a difference).

  3. After many house moves I can’t seem to find my Regus card I got from bmi (which is still valid when I log in), There doesn’t seem to be an option to request a replacement, do you know if they will replace it if I contact them or will they decide to charge?

  4. Hi, I picked up a Regus Gold card thro my Virgin Black card a few months ago, does anyone know how long that membership might run for ? I can’t find anything in the terms and conditions …

  5. Nick Burch says:

    TripIt pro used to come with 1 year of Regus Gold, but it’s no longer showing on their site so I guess it has gone too

  6. I got my card a good 3 or more years ago (from a VS black credit card, now long cancelled) and the Regus card still works. Last used it about 3 months ago.

  7. I got one when I had BMI Gold- I remember asking once when it expired and they checked the system and said “2099” or something similar- essentially at the time they didn’t have an expiry.

    Anyone know if that is still the case or whether it has changed as part of the tightening up mentioned?

  8. I’ve had mine since 2011 via IHG and use it a lot. Hope it doesn’t expire…..

  9. Yup, as mentioned above expiry dates are unclear as they don’t show on the cards themselves.

    I have several though as yet unused as I have always had alternatives. Is there a way of checking expiry dates? I can’t remember how I got the cards but suspect BD Gold was one of them.

  10. Simon Schus says:

    Hi all,

    Just a date point here.

    I had a Regus Gold through AMEX Black last year (signed up around Feb or March 2014?). However, the card expired despite not having any expiry date on it. I had to phone up Regus and go through a fair few emails for them extend my card as I still had Flying Club Silver and the AMEX Black which meant that I was eligible for renewal. For those who go through the same process, I found email to be a much better way of dealing with Regus than telephone.

    I only found out that the card had expired as I used one of the business lounges (as I do for a few days every two or three weeks). I was let in and nothing was mentioned. A few days later though, I receive a bill for lounge use in my email.

    Based on this experience, I surmise that the newer cards expire.

    James.

  11. Not a travel scheme but the Institute of Directors now offers access to Regus Preferred status as a membership benefit – 10 solo visits/month and a discount on private room bookings – iod.com/regus

    (Disclaimer- I work for IoD but am not connected with the offer – I’m here because I’m a HfP regular)

  12. Nathaniel says:

    I got my BusinessWorld Preferred with Avis last year, never used it. Decided today to check up the account status online and it now shows up as Gold!? Very strange – has anyone else got this?

    And now I’ve signed up for the Virgin Black too…

    • Roger C says:

      I’m exactly the same. Preferred through Avis, never used and after registering today it’s coming up as Gold. I guess I’ll just have to try it out…

  13. RIccati says:

    I have found that my Regus registration (via Virgin Black) was gone after about a year — could not log in with the email I provided.

    Re-registered successfully. Definitely makes sense to check if your Regus card from Virgin Club partnership expired.

  14. I got a Regus Gold card a number of years ago through some promotion or other but I never had occasion to use it until about a year and a half ago, in Sydney, when I needed to print a two-page document that I had on a USB stick. I chose the most convenient Regus location and went in. All the computers in the ‘business lounge’ were in use but when I explained to the receptionist what I needed she said ‘no worries’ and quickly printed my file on her printer behind the counter. How nice.

    A month later I was back and in a similar situation except that this time I only needed one page printed. I went to the same Regus but this time there was a different clerk on duty and … oh … well … she just wasn’t sure if that was even possible. She checked with one of her colleagues and they concluded that, yes, she could help me but that there was a charge of 40 cents per page. This came as a surprise because I hadn’t been asked to pay anything at the earlier visit but, all right, 40 cents is not unreasonable … and I needed the page printed. But then came the farce: she had to charge me (couldn’t just print the one page and give it to me) but she had no capacity to accept cash — so she had to process a charge on my VISA card … for 40 cents.

    I haven’t needed to go back to any Regus ever since so I don’t know if my Gold card is still valid or not.

  15. Does anyone know of a lounge in London open later than 7pm?

  16. My Virgin cards came through the letterbox this morning, but there’s no mention of Regus. I’m guessing this will come in the next few days, but just wanted to check in case there’s anything I needed to do to activate the membership? Thanks