Bits: Virgin launches Boston and San Francisco from Manchester, Virgin / Flybe codeshares, new Tesco printer ink deal

News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic to launch two new routes from Manchester

In a surprising but welcome move, Virgin Atlantic is to launch new routes to Boston and San Francisco from Manchester.

You will need to wait a while before you can fly as these routes will only launch with the Summer 2017 timetable.  This implies late March 2017.

San Francisco will operate three times per week together with two weekly flights to Boston.

Both routes will use (presumably the same) Airbus A330 in a three class configuration.

Existing Virgin routes from Manchester are Atlanta, Las Vegas, Orlando and Barbados.  Virgin partner and 49% shareholder Delta also operates a New York service from the airport.

You can read more on the Manchester Evening News site.

Virgin to codeshare with Flybe

Separately, Virgin Atlantic has announced a codeshare agreement with Flybe.  This will allow passengers to book Flybe connections to Virgin Atlantic flights on a single ticket, with baggage checked through.

Full details of the twenty Flybe routes included, covering Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester, can be found here on the Virgin Atlantic website.

It seems unlikely that you will be able to earn or redeem Virgin Flying Club miles with Flybe given their existing partnership with Avios.

Virgin Atlantic Flybe codeshares

Cheap Avios deal with Tesco and HP printer inks

Over at Shopper Points today are details of a new printer ink deal from Tesco Direct.  You can read the article here.

On the face of it, you are spending £8 for 480 Avios which is not a bargain at 1.66p each.  However ….. these HP printer inks can easily be resold on eBay which could bring your cost per point down to 0.8p – if you are willing to put in the time.

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  1. I doubt the avios partnership will prevent awarding flying club miles. Many airlines have mile partnerships with competing alliances, including Iberia who gives out avios for flights on a star alliance carrier and vice versa.

  2. Boddingtons says:

    Possibly explains why Thomas Cook have just dropped their recently announced MAN-SFO route

    • I hear they have had trouble acquiring another a330 which they would need for SFO and the other route increases (which are also cancelled).

  3. If I’m reading Flybe’s route map right, there are no connections into VS long haul flights from LHR or LGW. So what’s the point?

    • GRAHAM THOMAS says:

      Because flybe go into Manchester and GATWICK to match new routes?!?!

    • Manchester is the point (shocking I know). Expect more from VS at MAN.

      • mark1980 says:

        We desperately need a service from MAN to LGW – would make leisure redemptions so much easier for those of us in the north. Plus we have family who live just near gatwick and the 5 hour drive is gruelling…

  4. Looks like the graphics department got Manchester and Leeds mixed up on the Virgin brochure!

  5. Janice Edgar says:

    Just bought more ink- this time for a printer that I own! So for me they were free points!

  6. Charming. Driving down to Manchester from Scotland at end of April and could have got a connection? doh!

  7. Cuchlainn says:

    OT – Rob, many thanks as my BAPP Amex 25K bonus ( + 1K referral from you ) added to BAEC a/ c two days ago

  8. Bought four cartridges early this morning. Just had an email from Tesco saying they can’t fulfill half of the order…

    • Update: another email saying they can’t fulfil another cartridge. Tesco are utterly useless.

      • Wait a couple of days and you should be able to pick up the ink pretty cheaply on ebay (minus the clubcard points of course!)

        If you actually need the ink this is probably an even better deal for you!

  9. Janice Edgar says:

    Steve. Same here. Annoyingly I actually did need this ink!

    • wetboy1uk says:

      You seem to be annoyed by the fact Tesco have no more stock. Don’t blame Tesco – its the fault of the greedy individuals who only buy the inks to gain clubcard points. Isn’t the incentive from Tesco so that they sell them? Sometimes they just can’t seem to win with some people!

      • I think it’s a bit harsh saying that people taking Tesco up on their offers are greedy. And the point is that they should have a proper inventory management system that knows how many items they have to sell and then stops selling them when they’ve all been ordered!

        • wetboy1uk says:

          They are greedy, same as when there are offers on printers. Some people buy loads just to sell on ebay and get the clubcard points – is this not greed or am I just from a different culture?

          • Roberto says:

            People buy stuff and then sell it? Wow ….

            News Flash, that not greed, its called business. The fact that they make a profit (or loss) on the transaction AND get clubcard vouchers does not come into it , its hardly greedy – its only the same as every other retailer out there.

            Now bankers on the other hand……….

          • So presumably you object to Tesco, which buys products from suppliers and then sells it on to its customers, making a profit in the process?

          • Genghis says:

            Not greed, just ‘business’.

      • Janice Edgar says:

        No- not at all annoyed that Tesco have no more stock- was annoyed that they were pretending that they had no stock but were still advertising them for sale on the website. Anyway, got them today when I submitted another order and had it confirmed.

  10. Just a quick one that today is the last day to book any remaining free journeys you have from the old East Coast Rewards programme.

    There is also a 20% off advance for east coast on virgin red today.

  11. I was hoping the new routes may mean a clubhouse, due to the number of destinations now served from Manchester. But alas, according to their Twitter there are no plans at present. Seems silly that IAD has one but MAN doesn’t.

  12. So they’re not including the BE MAN-NWI flight? Shame.

  13. Will the taxes and other charges from Manchester be lower than Heathrow with Virgin?

    • Probably, but not by much. Upper to Atlanta is about £25 cheaper from Manchester than Heathrow.

  14. Ever-so-slightly OT…. Saint Helena is getting an airport! Comair will be running the service, so does that mean there might be redemption seats available???

  15. Geoff Foster says:

    Tried to buy HP ink from Tesco on Thursday – order cancelled, tried again this morning (Sat) and same thing happened. Have spoken to customer services who tell me inks are ‘Long term out of stock’!!!!