Bits: bonus Avios at Bicester Village, Necker Island gets trickier on Virgin miles

News in brief:

Double Avios and 10% off at Bicester Village

Until 10th February, you will receive double Avios (10 for every £4 spent) when you visit the Bicester Village designer shopping outlet in Oxfordshire.  Full details are here.  This offer has been running for a while but passed me by until last week, apologies.

You can also pick up a VIP discount card at the information centre on production of your British Airways Executive Club card.  This entitles you to an additional 10% discount at most stores, although a handful are excluded including Prada, if I remember rightly from my last trip.

You can also collect Avios at the European outlet villages run by the same group – details on here.

Bicester Village Avios

Necker Island redemptions get harder to achieve

Few people know that you can redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for holidays on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island retreat.  The details are here.

This is probably the best value Virgin redemption you can get.  A week on Necker Island during those weeks where the island is not let on an exclusive basis will cost you $30,730 plus 2.5% service charge for a couple.  That is £25,400.  Flights are not included in this price.

On that basis, 1.2 million Virgin Flying Club miles is a very good deal – you’re getting over 2p per mile.

You might think that 1.2 million miles is a lot, and of course it is.  However, it would ‘only’ require £600,000 of Amex spend on the Virgin Black credit card and I know there are a surprisingly large number of HFP readers who spend six figures per month on their cards.

In the US, you could get to 1.2 million miles almost entirely from credit card sign-ups.  That is what Greg, author the Frequent Miler blog, did.  The articles from his week are here.

Virgin has decided to make life a bit harder for credit card heavy hitters.  A new clause on the Necker Island page says that you must now have Virgin Flying Club Silver or Gold status to book this award.  This is not hugely difficult but, unless you can find a promotion offering it for free, it would require you to shift some business travel towards Virgin.

PS.  If you were thinking of booking Necker Island for cash for $30,000, you can earn 50,000 Virgin Flying Club miles if you give them your number!

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  1. Not noticed before but you can earn miles with Virgin at Bicester Village, not sure if this is new though