News in brief:
Last day to earn 480 Avios on HP ink cartridges
Here is a quick reminder that Tesco Direct is offering 200 extra Clubcard points with selected HP ink cartridges bought before midnight tonight (Sunday).
The cheapest cartridge available is the HP 301 Black Original Ink for £8. That would get you 480 Avios or 500 Virgin Flying Club miles on top. The HP 302 is £9 and other cartridges cost £11+.
If you have a HP printer, this is a great deal and you don’t need to read on. Fill your trolley. For everyone else, the Shopper Points article here from earlier in the month runs the maths on whether this makes a good deal if you resell on eBay.
You will also receive double base points on your order as Tesco is offering 2 x Clubcard points on EVERYTHING until Monday night.
If you don’t receive the daily Shopper Points email, covering Clubcard and Nectar deals, you can sign-up here. It goes out at 10am. There is no frequent flyer talk over there so it is safe to recommend it to your non-Avios collecting friends!
Virgin Atlantic places large A350-1000 order
The Farnborough Air Show last week was suprisingly low on new aircraft orders. This year will be the first for a long time where Airbus and Boeing will see a net reduction in their order books.
Virgin Atlantic was one of the few airlines to place a large order. The company confirmed earlier rumours that it will acquires 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft for delivery from 2019. Eight of these will be purchased outright with a further four to be leased.
The total cost of the aircraft would have been $4.4bn at list prices, although you should treat the ‘list price’ of an aircraft with the same seriousness as you would treat the non-sale price of a DFS sofa.
All 12 aircraft will be three class planes but with different configurations. Those allocated to Gatwick will have 410 seats whilst the Heathrow planes will have just 360, reflecting a larger Upper Class cabin.
It is not clear at the moment if Airbus is letting Virgin off the hook for its six ordered A380 aircraft in return for this deal. The A380 order was placed back in 2000 but has been constantly deferred.
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