Earning airline miles with ‘2nd tier’ car rental companies

Car rental montage

Last month I published a long piece on earning Avios points for car rentals. In summary, whilst the ONLY partner for British Airways Executive Club members is Avis, this is not your only option.  Iberia Plus has deals with Hertz, Sixt, Europcar and Budget – […]

The Aer Lingus (and Virgin Little Red) lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 reviewed

Aer Lingus Virgin Little Red lounge Heathrow flower

On Wednesday I reviewed the new Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2.  On the same day, I also got the chance to review the other lounge in the main terminal – the Aer Lingus Gold Circle lounge.  Remember that British Airways Gold and Silver card […]

Earn 15,000 Virgin miles with new Hilton promotion

Millennium Hilton Bangkok

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and Hilton HHonors have teamed up to offer a surprisingly generous promotion for the Autumn. Between September 1st and November 30th (yes, this promotion was not advertised until two weeks after it started!), you can earn bonus Flying Club miles on […]

Plaza Premium lounge in T2 now available on Priority Pass and Lounge Club

Plaza Premium Heathrow 2

Next week I will be running a full review of the Plaza Premium lounge in the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow. I was lucky enough to be given a private tour last week. I was told at the time that they were in negotiations with […]

25% bonus when you buy, transfer or gift Virgin Flying Club miles (as low as 0.8p!)

Virgin Atlantic

As well as launching their ‘25% off Economy and Premium Economy redemptions’ sale on Tuesday, Virgin Flying Club also announced a 25% bonus when you buy, transfer or gift Virgin Flying Club miles. The link to buy, transfer or gift miles is here. The closing […]

Virgin Flying Club launches new reward seat sale

Virgin Atlantic

For the third time this year, Virgin Atlantic has launched a seat sale for reward seats. Both economy and premium economy seats are included – but not Upper Class.  You have until September 23rd to book. The great thing about Virgin seat sales is that you […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for September – summary of top deals

Credit cards

I have updated the ‘Credit Cards Update‘ page at the top of the screen for September. There is a sense of deja vu in the market (again) with the current special offers being focussed on the British Airways and Virgin Atlantic cards.  American Express Preferred […]

Earn 700 Virgin Flying Club miles for £3

Indian bed breakfast

Reader Rich dropped me a line with details of an interesting Virgin Atlantic offer via their Shops Away online shopping mall. Online hotel booking site booking.com is currently offering 700 Virgin Flying Club miles for any hotel booking made their site if you click through […]

Virgin Atlantic guts its network – Tokyo, Cape Town, Mumbai, Vancouver scrapped

Virgin and Delta crew

If anyone was still wondering why US airline Delta bought 49% of Virgin Atlantic last year, the answer is now clear.  It intends to turn it into a UK – US feeder service for its own routes. That is the only interpretation you can have […]

Virgin increases credit card sign-up bonus to 10,000 / 25,000 Flying Club miles

Virgin card

Presumably as a response to American Express increasing the bonus on the two British Airways American Express cards to 9,000 Avios and 25,000 Avios respectively, Virgin Atlantic has boosted the sign-up bonus on its own cards again. Here is a quick overview of the Virgin credit cards.  […]

Reminder: Virgin Little Red still status matching BA Gold and BA Silver

Little Red

A quick reminder that Virgin Little Red is still offering on-board status matches to anyone who flies with them (cash or reward ticket) and is carrying their BA Gold or BA Silver card at the time. In addition, a BA Gold receives 10,000 Virgin Flying Club […]

Clearing my inbox – lots of news in just one article!

Taxi sculpture Terminal 2 Heathrow

I have decided to make a determined effort to clear my inbox of stories this week! Here are a few things which are worth a look but which I have been sitting on for a while because I couldn’t justify a full post: Virgin Atlantic […]

Virgin Trains introduces Nectar points – better than taking miles?

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Back in April, the First group of train companies (Great Western, Capital Connect etc) began to offer Nectar points when you booked directly via their websites. (It is ironic that the train companies need to incentivise people to book directly.  They often have cheaper fares […]